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THE PSALMS OF DAVID.

DAY 1. NOTE that the Psalter followeth the division of the Hebrews, and the trans

lation of the great Morning Prayer.

English Bible, set

forth and used in the Psalm 1. Beatus vir, qui non abiit.

time of King Henry

the Eighth and Ed[The First Psalm has been generally regarded as an | ward the Sixth,” A.D.

introduction to the whole Psalter, which thus 1540. The Bible vercommences with a Beatitude and concludes sion is from King with an Hallelujah. This Psalm contrasts the James's Bible, pubrighteous and the wicked, predicting their final | lished 1611.

separation at the DAY OF JUDGMENT.] BLESSED is the man that hath not walked

BOOK I. .

PSALM in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in

XLI. the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the 1. The gradually seat of the scornful.

increasing intercourse 2 But his delight is in the law of the

with the wicked ends

in our casting in our LORD : and in His law will he exercise him- / lot with them: WALKself day and night.

ED : STOOD : SAT. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted

2. “This Book of

the Law shall not deby the water-sidé : that will bring forth his

part out of thymouth; fruit in due season.

but thou shalt medi4 His leaf also shall not wither : and

taté therein day and

night,” Joshua i. 8. look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper. 3. As the streams

5 As for the ungodly, it is not so with of water are essential them : but they are like the chaff, which

to the full growth of

| a tree in a dry land, the wind scattereth away from the face of so is the Law to the the earth.

life of a man placed 6 Therefore the ungodly shall not be

in the wilderness of

| this world. able to stand in the judgment : neither the

5. The threshingsinners in the congregation of the righteous. floors were made on

high ground, so that the wind might carry the chaff away. Therefore Gideon, when anxious to escape the notice of the Midianites, threshed his wheat by the wine-press. -Judges vi. 11.

7 But the LORD knoweth the way of the l 7. LORD—i.l., JErighteous : and the way of the ungodly shall

HOVAH. Specially the

title of God the Faperish.

ther, as Adonai, Lord, of God the Son.

PSALM 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes ?

Easter Day. [The Jewish commentators by common consent in- |

The first Psalm at terpret this Psalm of the Messiah, JESUS CHRIST.

| Morning Prayer; fol. It is not ascribed to any author, and the cir

lowed by Psalm lvii. cumstances under which it was composed are

uncertain.] Why do the heathen so furiously rage to- | 1. Imagine, &c. — gether : and why do the people imagine a

| i.e., meditate upon

that which will come vain thing?

to nothing. It is 2 The kings of the earth stand up, and hard to kick against the rulers take counsel together : against

the pricks."

2. Anointed. Mesthe LORD, and against His Anointed. siah in Hebrew, Christ

3 Let us break their bonds asunder : and in Greek. . cast away their cords from us.

3. These are the

words of the rebels. 4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh 4. The Lord. Hethem to scorn : the LORD shall have them brew, Adonai—i.e., in derision.

Rulerand Judge, “thé

peculiar title of God 5 Then shall He speak unto them in the Son.” — Bishop His wrath : and vex them in His sore dis Magee.

5. Then - i.e., in pleasure.

the midst of their re6 Yet have I set My King : upon My holy | bellious words, will hill of Sion.

He speak, saying7 I will preach the law, whereof the 7. I will preach, &c. LORD hath said unto me : THOU ART MY

-i.e., I will declare

the decree. " Thou Son, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE.

art," &c. The words 8 Desire of Me, and I shall give thee of JEHOVAH to Christ. the heathen for thine inheritance : and the

[JESUS CHRIST was

condemned to death utmost parts of the earth for thy possession. before Caiaphas for

9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of blasphemy, because iron : and break them in pieces like a potter's

He admitted that He

was the Son of God.] vessel.

From this passage 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings : we see that the Father be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.

is a distinct person

from the Son. 11 Serve the Lord in fear : and rejoice unto Him with reverence.

12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and I 12. Kiss-i.e., ofso ye perish from the right way : if His

fer homage and ser

| vice. Son ; a special wrath be kindled, (yea, but a little,) blessed

word emphasises the are all they that put their trust in Him. title in the original

i.e., “Bar” in place of " Ben.” Some

Jews, from motives of PSALM 3. Domine, quid multiplicati ? their own, assign it a

different meaning — [A Psalm of David when he fled from his son Ab viz., “a pure one."

salom. For the circumstances, see the history But there is no quesof the revolt of Absalom, in 2 Sam. xv.-xviii. tion that it means It forms a Morning Hymn.]

Son. (See Pusey's

‘Daniel,' p. 478.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me : many are they that rise against me.

2 Many one there be that say of my soul : The term SELAH There is no help for him in his God. appears to indicate a 3 But Thou, O LORD, art my defender :

pause, during which

instruments of music Thou art my worship, and the lifter up of prepared for a change my head.

in the tenor of the

Psalm. 4 I did call upon the LORD with my

2. Of — better, to voice; and He heard me out of His holy my soul. hill.

I SELAH. ]

3. Defender - lit. 5 I laid me down and slept, and rose up

shield ; a favourite again : for the LORD sustained me.

phrase in the Psalms. 6 I will not be afraid for ten thousands

To worship-i.c., to

think worthy, to honof people : that have set themselves against

our and respect. Cf. me round about.

“With my body I 7 Up, LORD, and help me. O my God : | thee worshipin the for Thou smitest all mine enemies upon the

marriage service.

14. [SELAH.] cheek-bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of | 7. Cf. David's victhe ungodly.

tory over the lion and

bear. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD : 1

8. [Selah.] and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.

Psalm 4. Cum invocarem. A Psalm of David. It seems closely connected Ps. 4. A Psalm to

with the preceding, and may be considered an be sung on “NegiEvening Hymn.]

noth” – i.e., to an

accompaniment of HEAR me when I call, O God of my right

stringed instruments. eousness : Thou hast set me at liberty when! 1. Of my righteousI was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and ness - i.e., to whom hearken unto my prayer.

my righteousness, my

integrity, is known. 2 0 ye sons of men, how long will ye

2. Blaspheme, &c. blaspheme mine honour : and have such -i.e., attack my dig, pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing ? nity. Leasing ; an 3 Know this also, that the LORD hath

| old word for lying,

from the Anglo-Saxon chosen to Himself the man that is godly : leas, false. when I call upon the LORD, He will hear me. [ SELAH. ]

3. Godly. The He. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not : commune

| brew word means lovwith your own heart, and in your chamber, | ing God, pious ; it is and be still.

often translated saints 5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness :

in the Psalms.

4. Stand in awe ; and put your trust in the LORD.

lit. be disturbed, agi6 There be many that say : Who will tated, angry. The

Septuagint translashew us any good ?

tion, “be ye angry," 7 LORD, lift Thou up : the light of Thy | is introduced by St countenance upon us.

Paul: “Be ye angry,

and sin not,” Eph. 8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart :

iv. 26. since the time that their corn, and wine, and [SELAH. ] oil, increased.

7. Cf. the appointed

blessing: “The Lord 9 I will lay me down in peace, and take

make His face shine my rest : for it is Thou, LORD, only, That | upon thee," Num. vi. makest me dwell in safety.

24-26.

8. Since ; better, " more than in ”

i.e., David's joy in PSALM 5. Verba mea auribus.

God was more than

that of his enemies in CA Psalm of David, composed in the time of peril, I their success.

referred to in the former Psalm. A Morning
Prayer.]

This Psalm is to be PONDER my words, O LORD : consider my sung “ upon Nehimeditation.

loth”-i.e., to a flute 2 O hearken Thou unto the voice of my

accompaniment. calling, my King, and my God : for unto Thee will I make my prayer.

3 My voice shalt Thou hear betimes, O 3. Directi.e., set LORD : early in the morning will I direct in order, as a “sacred

offering.” Look up; my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.

in expectation of the 4 For Thou art the God That hast no answer to his prayer. pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any evil dwell with Thee.

5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in 5. Foolish i.e., Thy sight : for Thou hatest all them that | proud, insolent, boast

ful persons. work vanity.

6. Leasing ; see Ps. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak iv. 2. The word ocleasing : the LORD will abhor both the blood curs in these two thirsty and deceitful man.

places only in the

Bible. 7 But as for me, I will come into Thine 7. Temple - i. e., house, even upon the multitude of Thy

tabernacle; as in 1

Sam. i. 9, where the mercy : and in Thy fear will I worship

tabernacle, in the toward Thy holy temple.

time of Eli, is called 8 Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteous

" the temple of the ness, because of mine enemies : make Thy | word strictly means

LORD.” The Hebrew way plain before my face.

palace. 9. For there is no faithfulness in his 9. His mouth ; his, mouth : their inward parts are very wicked- | the singular for the

plural ; in the mouth

of any one of them. 10 Their throat is an open sepulchre : they flatter with their tongue.

11 Destroy Thou them, O God; let them 11. Destroy ; lit. perish through their own imaginations : cast | punish them for their them out in the multitude of their ungodli

guilt. ness; for they have rebelled against Thee.

12 And let all them that put their trust in Thee rejoice : they shall ever be giving of thanks, because Thou defendest them; they that love Thy Name shall be joyful in Thee;

13 For Thou, LORD, wilt give Thy bless 13. Shield i. e., ing unto the righteous : and with Thy favour

the large shield pro

tecting the able kindness wilt Thou defend him as with

whole

body. a shield.

ness.

Ash Wednesday.

The first Psalm at Evening Prayer.

Morning Prayer, fol. Psalm 6. Domine, ne in furore.

lowed by Ps. xxxii. [This is a Psalm composed in a season of extreme

To be sung on Negisorrow and depression. It is the first of the noth, stringed instru• seven Penitential Psalms, which are Psalms

Psalms, which are Psalms | ments, upon Shemivi., xxxii., xxxviii., li., cii., cxxx., cxliii.]

nith-i.e., by men's

voices : bass. O LORD, rebuke me not in Thine indig. I 1. Displeasure

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