Thy salvation say alway, The LORD be praised.

20 As for me, I am poor and needy : but the LORD careth for me.

21 Thou art my helper and redeemer : make no long tarrying, O my God.

Evening Prayer. Psalm 41. Beatus qui intelligit. [A Psalm of David, complaining of unkindly treat

ment from false friends.] BLESSED is he that considereth the poor and 1 1. This beatitude needy : the LORD shall deliver him in the forms the last sen

tence in the offertory. time of trouble.

Observe the thrice 2 The LORD preserve him, and keep him repeated JEHOVAH, alive, that he may be blessed upon earth : verses 1, 2, 3, in the and deliver not Thou him into the will of blessing. his enemies.

3 The LORD comfort him, when he lieth 3. Make Thou; Heb. sick upon his bed : make Thou all his bed

turn. The text per

haps best represents in his sickness.

the meaning. 4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me : heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.

5 Mine enemies speak evil of me : When shall he die, and his name perish?

6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh 1 6. The Psalmist vanity : and his heart conceiveth falsehood

| complains of the hy.

pocritical visits of within himself, and when he cometh forth

false friends in time he telleth it.

of sickness. 7 All mine enemies whisper together against me : even against me do they imagine this evil.

8 Let the sentence, 8 Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed |

&c.; rather, “a shock

ing thing [they say) is against him : and now that he lieth, let poured out upon him." him rise up no more.

Cf. Job's friends.

9 Yea, even mine own familiar friend, 9. Hath laid, &c. ; whom I trusted : who did also eat of my lit. hath lifted up his

heel against me. So bread, hath laid great wait for me.

quoted by our Lord, 10 But be Thou merciful unto me, 0 S. John xviii. 13. LORD : raise Thou me up again, and I shall reward them.

11 By this I know Thou favourest me : that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.

12 And when I am in my health, Thou 12. In my health ; upholdest me : and shalt set me before Thy

Heb. in my integrity. face for ever.


concludes the Psalm sung when the ark was placed in Zion.

1 Chron. xvi. 36. PSALM 42. Quemadmodum.

END OF BOOK I. (The date and authorship of this Psalm are uncer

tain. It is attributed to the sons of Korah ; BOOK II.
but the place is beyond doubt the trans-Jordanic

PSALMS XLII. TO hills, which always behold, as they are always

beheld from, western Palestine. Like the ga.
zelle of the forests of Gilead panting after the
fresh streams of Jordan, so the exiled poet
panted after God. As he looked from the hills
towards Jerusalem, he poured forth this lament,
which, with the following Psalm, forms one

LIKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks :
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.

2 My soul is athirst for God, yea, even 2. Living God. This for the living God : when shall I come to expression occurs only

here and in Psalm appear before the presence of God?

lxxxiv. 2, which is 3 My tears have been my meat day and also by the sons of night : while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God ?

4 Now when I think thereupon, I pour 4. The Psalmist reout my heart by myself : for I went with

calls his former joy

ful processions to the multitude, and brought them forth into Zion. For I went ; the house of God;

better, how I went. 5 In the voice of praise and thanksgiving : among such as keep holy-day.

6 Why art thou so full of heaviness, O! 6. Cf. In Gethmy soul : and why art thou so disquieted semane our Lord said,

“My soul is exceed within me?

ing sorrowful, even 7 Put thy trust in God : for I will get unto death,” S. Matt. give Him thanks for the help of His coun- xxvi. 38. tenance.

8 My God, my soul is vexed within me : 1 8. Cf. the Bible therefore will I remember Thee concerning

| version. Concerning; the land of Jordan, and the little hill of

rather, from-i.e., I

will think on Thee Hermon.

from the land of Jor9 One deep calleth another, because of

dan [i.e., east), where

I am. Hermon should the noise of the water-pipes : all Thy waves

be plural — the Herand storms are gone over me.

mons, the chair with 10 The LORD hath granted His loving. | its peaks. Little ; kindness in the day-time : and in the night

properly Mizar, the

name of one of the season did I sing of Him, and made my peaks, so called from prayer unto the God of my life.

its "littleness." 11 I will say unto the God of my strength,

9. Water - pipes ;

cataracts or waterWhy hast Thou forgotten me : why go I falls, the channel with thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth | the water pouring me ?


10. The verbs in 12 My bones are smitten asunder as with this verse should be a sword : while mine enemies that trouble | in the future tense. me cast me in the teeth;

12. As with a sword

in my bones, mine 13 Namely, while they say unto me :) enemies reproach me. Where is now thy God?

-B. V. 14 Why art thou so vexed, O my soul : and why art thou so disquieted within me?

15 0 put thy trust in God : for I will yet thank Him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.

PSALM 43. Judica me, Deus.

[A continuation of the last Psalm.] Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people : 0 deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.

2 For Thou art the God of my strength,

why hast Thou put me from Thee : and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?

3 O send out Thy light and Thy truth, l. 3. Light and truth. that they may lead me : and bring me unto

| A possible allusion to

Urim and Thummim, Thy holy hill, and to Thy dwelling.

the two mysterious 4 And that I may go unto the altar of | means of revelation God, even unto the God of my joy and

borne by the high

priest : « Thou shalt gladness : and upon the harp will I give

put in the breastplate thanks unto Thee, O God, my God. of judgment the Urim 5 Why art thou so heavy, O my soul :

and the Thummim;

and they shall be upon and why art thou so disquieted within me ?

Aaron's heart when 6 O put thy trust in God : for I will yet he goeth in before the give Him thanks, which is the help of my

LORD," Ex. xxviii. countenance, and my God.


Morning Prayer.

DAY 9. PSALM 44. Deus, auribus. [This is a Psalm composed in some period of nation. This Psalm is called

al distress, but there is no satisfactory evidence a “Maschil," a term to determine the date.]

meaning either a di.

dactic or a skilfully. We have heard with our ears, O God, our constructed poem. fathers have told us : what Thou hast done

1. This verse is in

serted in the Litany in their time of old;

as the ground on 2 How Thou hast driven out the heathen which to trust God in with Thy hand, and planted them in : how

the future.

2. Planted themThou hast destroyed the nations, and cast

¿.e., ourfathers-in, as them out.

a vine... and having 3 For they gat not the land in possession

destroyed the nations,

made them-i.e., our through their own sword : neither was it

fathers — spread out their own arm that helped them;

like a tree [not cast 4 But Thy right hand, and Thine arm,

them out). The same

Heb. verb is used in and the light of Thy countenance : because

Ps. lxxx. 11, “SheThou hadst a favour unto them.

the vine — stretched 5 Thou art my King, O God : send help out her branch

the sea.” unto Jacob.

er branches unto

6 Through Thee will we overthrow our enemies : and in Thy Name will we tread them under, that rise up against us.

7 For I will not trust in my bow : it is not my sword that shall help me ;

8 But it is Thou that savest us from our enemies : and puttest them to confusion that hate us.

9 We make our boast of God all day 9. [SELAH.] long : and will praise Thy Name for ever.

10 But now Thou art far off, and puttest 10. The tone of reus to confusion : and goest not forth with | joicing is changed

after the Selah to one our armies.

of mourning, as in 11 Thou makest us to turn our backs Ps. lxxxix. 37. upon our enemies : so that they which hate us spoil our goods.

12 Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep: 12. Eaten up, &c. ; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

Heb. Thou givest us 13 Thou sellest Thy people for nought : lie.. appointed to be

up as sheep=food and takest no money for them.

slain, as in ver. 22. 14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our 13. Nought or naught, neighbours : to be laughed to scorn, and

no whit, no worth,

and so expresses the had in derision of them that are round

Hebrew no - wealth : about us.

hence the adjective 15 Thou makest us to be a by - word

naughty-i.e., profit

less. among the heathen : and that the people shake their heads at us.

16 My confusion is daily before me : and the shame of my face hath covered me;

17 For the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer : for the enemy and avenger.

18 And though all this be come upon 18. Frowardly us, yet do we not forget Thee : nor behave | i.e., morosely ; Heb.

We have not perfidourselves frowardly in Thy covenant.

iously broken Thy 19 Our heart is not turned back : neither covenant. our steps gone out of Thy way;

20 No, not when Thou hast smitten us 20. Dragons ; Heb. into the place of dragons : and covered us

beasts dwelling in

deserts or waste places, with the shadow of death.

jackals or wild dogs. 21 If we have forgotten the Name of |

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