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37. I went by ; rather, “he passed away.”
37 I went by, and lo, he was gone : I sought him, but his place could nowhere be found.
38 Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right : for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
39 As for the transgressors, they shall perish together : and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
40 But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD : who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
41 And the LORD shall stand by them, and save them : He shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in Him.
38. Keep innocency, &c. ; rather, as in the B. V., “mark the perfect man-his end is peace.” Contrast the end of the wicked in the next verse. This contrast is unintelligible, except on the expectation of a future state.
The last Psalm at
tial Psalms), expressing his sense of sin and
day of atonement. ]
2 For Thine arrows stick fast in me : and Thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no health in my flesh, because of Thy displeasure : neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of my sin.
4 For my wickednesses are gone over my head : and are like a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt : through my foolishness.
4. Sore-i.e., heavy. The word comes from the Anglo - Saxon swoer, heavy ; German, schwer : hence sorrow.
6 I am brought into so great trouble and 6. I am brought, misery : that I go mourning all the day
bent, I am bowed long.
down greatly.” 7 For my loins are filled with a sore 7. Sore disease ; disease : and there is no whole part in my
Heb. burning, in
flammation, fever. body.
8 I am feeble, and sore smitten : I have 8. Feeble ; Heb. I roared for the very disquietness of my
am become cold ; the
alternations of the heart.
fever fit. 9 LORD, Thou knowest all my desire : and my groaning is not hid from Thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me : and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me. 11 My lovers and my neighbours did 11. Looking, &c.;
| lit. stand aloof from stand looking upon my trouble : and my
my trouble, like Job's kinsmen stood afar off.
three friends. 12 They also that sought after my life 12. Wickedness — laid snares for me : and they that went ?
| i. e., mischievous,
| malignant things. about to do me evil talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.
13 As for me, I was like a deaf man, 13. "As a sheep and heard not. and as one that is dumb before her shearers is
dumb, so He openeth who doth not open his mouth.
not His mouth,” Isa. 14 I became even as a man that heareth liii. 7. not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
replies, recrimina15 For in Thee, O LORD, have I put my tions. “When He trust : Thou shalt answer for me, 0 LORD was reviled, He revilmy God.
ed not again.” 16 I have required that they, even mine 16. Lit. “For I enemies, should not triumph over me : for
said, Lest they rejoice
over me.” Distrustwhen my foot slipped, they rejoiced greatly ing his own ability, against me.
he asks God to an.
swer for him. 17 And I, truly, am set in the plague :
| 17. Set in the plague; and my heaviness is ever in my sight. Heb. ready to nalt. 18 For I will confess my wickedness : The same word is
used Gen. xxxii. 31, and be sorry for my sin.
“He, Jacob, halted 19 But mine enemies live, and are on his thigh" mighty : and they that hate me wrongfully are many in number.
20. Reward; return.
20 They also that reward evil for good are against me : because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O LORD my God : be not Thou far from me.
22 Haste Thee to help me : 0 LORD God of my salvation.
Psalm 39. Dixi, custodiam. [A Psalm of David, closely connected with the pre This is the former
ceding Psalm. It is addressed to Jeduthun, of the two Psalms apwho with Asaph and Heman was appointed to pointed in the Order lead the choir.—1 Chron. xxv. 1-6.]
for the Burial of the
2 I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my sight.
3 I held my tongue, and spake nothing : 3. But it was ; lit. I kept silence, yea, even from good words; and my sorrow was
US; stirred. but it was pain and grief to me.
4 My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing the fire kindled : and at the last I spake with my tongue; 5. How long, &c. ; 5 LORD, let me know mine end, and the
d the | lit. how frail I am.
6. Span. “The number of my days : that I may be certified
space between the how long I have to live.
thumb and little fin6 Behold, Thou hast made my days as it
ger when extended."
Heb. hand-breadths. were a span long : and mine age is even as A.S. spannan, to nothing in respect of Thee; and verily every measure. man living is altogether vanity.
[ SELAH. ]
7. In a shadow7 For man walketh in a vain shadow, and
i.e., as a shadow; in disquieteth himself in vain : he heapeth up a dream. riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.. 8. David, as a so8 And now, LORD, what is my hope : 1
. I journer here, looks
for God and immortruly my hope is even in Thee.
tality. Cf. Pusey's 9 Deliver me from all mine offences : and Daniel,' p. 498.
9. Make me not, make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
&c.; lit. a reproach of 10 I became dumb, and opened not my | the fool-i.e., one for mouth : for it was Thy doing.
| fools to triumph over.
11 Take Thy plague away from me : Il 11. Plague-i.e., a am even consumed by the means of Thy stroke or blow from
God. The same Heheavy hand.
brew word is used of 12 When Thou with rebukes dost chast- the plagues in Egypt. en man for sin, Thou makest his beauty to
12. Thou makest consume away, like as it were a moth fret- the
... garment; Heb. as I were a moth Ireb- thou makest his ting a garment : every man therefore is but beauty to melt away vanity.
as by a moth.
[ SELAH. ] 13 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and with Thine ears consider my calling : hold not Thy peace at my tears.
14 For I am a stranger with Thee : and 14. As all my fathers a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
-2. e., as was Abra
ham in the land of 15 O spare me a little, that I may re
promise. cover my strength : before I go hence, and 15. And be no more be no more seen.
scen; Heb. and be no
PSALM 40. Expectans expectavi.
SA Psalm of David, possibly alluding to his recovery
from his illness, after which he stood - up in
Good Friday. The second Psalm at Morning Prayer, followed by Ps. liv.
I WAITED patiently for the LORD : and He inclined unto me, and heard my calling. 2 He brought me also out of the horrible 2. Ordered, &c. ;
lit. made my steps pit, out of the mire and clay : and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3 And He hath put a new song in my mouth : even a thanksgiving unto our God. 4 Many shall see it, and fear : and shall | 4. Shall fear-i.e.,
shall recognise the put their trust in the LORD.
| hand of God in what 5 Blessed is the man that hath set his He had done for the hope in the LORD : and turned not unto the Psalmist.
5. Lies-i.c., idols. proud, and to such as go about with lies.
They turn aside to 6 O LORD my God, great are the won- lies, and are apostate. drous works which Thou hast done, like as 6. There is no man,
| &c. -i.c., they cannot be also Thy thoughts which are to us-ward :
u : be set in order and and yet there is no man that ordereth them reckoned up. unto Thee.
7 If I should declare them, and speak of them : they should be more than I am able to express.
8 Sacrifice, and meat-offering, Thou wouldest not : but mine ears hast Thou opened.
&c. The meaning
seems to be, “ Thou 9 Burnt-offerings, and sacrifice for sin,
hast made me obedhast Thou not required : then said I, Lo, I ient;” “to obey is come.
better than sacrifice.”
In Heb. x. 5 the quo. 10 In the volume of the book it is
tation is made from written of me, that I should fulfil Thy will, the Greek, “a BODY O my God : I am content to do it; yea,
hast Thou prepared
for me”-i.e., made Thy law is within my heart.
me a body perfect and 11 I have declared Thy righteousness in prepared for Thy serthe great congregation : lo, I will not refrain
vice; ears opened to,
listening for Thy my lips, O LORD, and that Thou knowest.
will. 12 I have not hid Thy righteousness 11. As I, for my within my heart : my talk hath been of
part, have proclaimed
Thy righteousness, so Thy truth, and of Thy salvation.
do Thou preserve me, 13 I have not kept back Thy loving mercy ver. 14. and truth : from the great congregation.
14 Withdraw not Thou Thy mercy from me, O LORD : let Thy loving-kindness and Thy truth always preserve me.
15 For innumerable troubles are come | 15. Troubles ; lit. about me; my sins have taken such hold
evils. upon me that I am not able to look up : yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
16 0 LORD, let it be Thy pleasure to 16. These last six deliver me : make haste, O LORD, to help
verses reappear as Ps. me.
17 Let them be ashamed, and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it : let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.
18 Let them be desolate, and rewarded 18. And rewarded, with shame : that say unto me. Fie upon 1 &c. - 2.C., as a reward
say unto me, I10 upon for their shame. thee, fie upon thee.
19 Let all those that seek Thee be joyful and glad in Thee : and let such as love