3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom : and my heart shall muse of understanding.

4 I will incline mine ear to the parable : 4. The parable ; and shew my dark speech upon the harp. Heb. a parable.

5 Wherefore should I fear in the days 5. When the wickof wickedness : and when the wickedness

ednessi.c., when my

sins dog my steps, of my heels compasseth me round about ?

overtake me in the 6 There be some that put their trust in shape of temporal their goods : and boast themselves in the punishments.

6, 7. The helplessmultitude of their riches.

ness of man to save 7 But no man may deliver his brother : men. nor make agreement unto God for him ; ..

8 For it cost more to redeem their souls : Ver. 8 is parentheti. so that he must let that alone for ever; cal, and 9 depends on

7. Understand “nor 9 Yea, though he live long : and see not

make agreement... the grave.

that he should live 10 For he seeth that wise men also die, perpetually.”

10. For he seeth ; and perish together : as well as the ignorant

better, he shall see and foolish, and leave their riches for other. [it-i.e., the grave];

11 And yet they think that their houses wise men, &c. shall continue for ever : and that their dwelling-places shall endure from one generation to another; and call the lands after their own names.

12 Nevertheless, man will not abide in 12. Man will not, honour : seeing he may be compared unto &c. ; rather, “man

[being] in honour, the beasts that perish; this is the way of

abideth not.” Cf. them,

ver. 20. 13 This is their foolishness : and their 13. [SELAH.] posterity praise their saying.

14 They lie in the hell like sheep, death 14. In the hellgnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall

i.e., the unseen world.

| Gnaweth; rather, pashave domination over them in the morning :

tures them, is their their beauty shall consume in the sepulchre shepherd. In the out of their dwelling.

morning-i.e., of de

liverance. 15 But God hath delivered my soul from

15. Hath delivered ; the place of hell : for He shall receive me. rather, will deliver. 16 Be not thou afraid, though one be

wch one he Here is the hope of

eternal life. made rich : or if the glory of his house be

[ SELAH. ] increased ;


17 For he shall carry nothing away with 17. Cf. “We brought him when he dieth : neither shall his pomp

world, and it is cerfollow him.

tain we can carry no18 For while he lived, he counted him thing out,” i Tim. self an happy man : and so long as thou

vi. 7, Burial Service.

18. Counted himdoest well unto thyself, men will speak good

self, &c.; Heb. blessed of thee.

his soul. Cf. I will 19 He shall follow the generation of his say to my soul, &c.,

S. Luke xii. 19. fathers : and shall never see light.

19. This shall hap20 Man being in honour hath no under- pen to him, although standing : but is compared unto the beasts in

in his lifetime he was

like Dives. that perish.

20. The refrain. Man being in honour, but not having understanding, is compar

ed, like to, &c. Morning Prayer.

DAY 10.
PSALM 50. Deus deorum.
[This is a Psalm of Asaph, the only one in this book

ascribed to him. He was one of the famous
singers of Israel, and one of the three leaders
of the choir. Psalms lxxiii. to lxxxiii. are also
attributed to him. The Law given at Sinai is
explained thus at Zion.]

1. THE SUMMONS. THE LORD, even the most mighty God, hath “Hear ye, O mounspoken : and called the world, from the

tains, the LORD'S

controversy, and ye rising up of the sun, unto the going down strong foundations of thereof.

the earth : for the

| LORD hath a contro2 Out of Sion hath God appeared : in

versy with His peoperfect beauty.

ple,” Micah vi. 2. 3 Our God shall come, and shall not 2. Rather, Out of keep silence : there shall go before Him a

Sion, the perfection

of beauty, hath God consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall shined forth. be stirred up round about Him.

3. "There were 4 He shall call the heaven from above :

thunders and light

nings, and a thick and the earth, that He may judge His cloud upon the people.

mount,” Ex. xix. 16. 5 Gather my saints together unto Me :

4. Call-i.e., sum

mon heaven and earth those that have made a covenant with Me to witness. with sacrifice.

1 5. Saints; lit. those

6 And the heavens shall declare His I loving, and loved by, righteousness : for God is Judge Himself. | God, as in Ps. xxxi.

| 26. 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak :

6. [SELAH.] I Myself will testify against thee, O Israel ; 17. THE FIRST REfor I am God, even thy God.

PROOF, in respect of

the First and Great 8 I will not reprove thee because of thy

Commandment. sacrifices, or for thy burnt-offerings : because 8. The charge was they were not alway before Me.

not that of neglecting

the outward ritual, 9 I will take no bullock out of thine

but the spirit of the house : nor he-goat out of thy folds. Law. Because, &c. ; 10 For all the beasts of the forest are

Heb. (omit “not”)

they are always before mine : and so are the cattle upon a thousand Me. The sacrifices hills.

were there, but not 11 I know all the fowls upon the moun

the heart.

11. In My sight; tains : and the wild beasts of the field are | Heb. with ře_ie. in My sight.

are Mine. 12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee : for the whole world is Mine, and all that is therein.

13 Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls' flesh : and drink the blood of goats ?

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving : and 14. I.e., A sacri. pay thy vows unto the most Highest. fice of praise and

| thanksgiving," as in 15 And call upon Me in the time of

the Holy Communion. trouble : so will I hear thee, and thou shalt 16. THE SECOND praise Me.

REPROOF, in respect of

the Second Command16 But unto the ungodly said God :

ment, Thou shalt Why dost thou preach My laws, and takest love thy neighbour My covenant in thy mouth;

as thyself.” 17 Whereas thou hatest to be reformed : 17. Thou; emand hast cast My words behind thee? phatic-THOU.

18 When thou sawest a thief, thou con- 18. Consentedst. sentedst unto him : and hast been partaker

The Hebrew word

means to take pleaswith the adulterers.

ure in his company 19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wicked - sympathise. The ness : and with thy tongue thou hast set

words " sympathise"

and “sympathy" are, forth deceit.

strangely enough, not 20 Thou satest, and spakest against thy found in the English brother : yea, and hast slandered thine own

Bible, mother's son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I 21. Set before thee ; held My tongue, and thou thoughtest wicked- Heb. set in order ; ly, that I am even such a one as thyself :

not one sin is un

marked by God. but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.

22 O consider this, ye that forget God: 22. Pluck you away; lest I pluck you away, and there be none to | Heb. tear you in deliver you.

pieces. 23 Whoso offereth Me thanks and praise, 23. The Second he honoureth Me : and to him that order

Reproof ends, as the

former ended in vers. eth his conversation right will I shew the

14, 15. God will bless salvation of God.

those who honour Him.

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Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Deus. [David's Psalm, expressing his penitence when This Psalm is used

Nathan the prophet had convicted him—“Thou
art the man.” The fourth of the Penitential Service" on Ash Wed-
Psalms. ]

nesday. Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy 1. Do away; Heb. great goodness : according to the multitude blot out, erase. of Thy mercies do away mine offences. 2 Wash me throughly from my wicked

ough or through ness : and cleanse me from my sin.

means originally a 3 For I acknowledge my faults : and my passage from one side sin is ever before me.

to another, hence = 4 Against Thee only have I sinned, and

complete, &c.; cleanse

-i.e., pronounce me done this evil in Thy sight : that Thou clean.-Lev. xiii. 6. mightest be justified in Thy saying, and

4. When Thou art clear when Thou art judged.

judged ; better, when

Thou judgest, when 5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : Thou sittest as Judge. and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

Dr Vaughan suggests,

“When Thou enterest 6 But lo, Thou requirest truth in the

into trial as a liti. inward parts : and shalt make me to under-gant.”—Rom. iii. 4. stand wisdom secretly.

5. An acknowledg

| ment of original sin. 7 Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and

- Bishop BROWNE, I shall be clean : Thou shalt wash me, and Art. ix. p. 241. I shall be whiter than snow.

6. Secretly i. e.,

in the hidden partthe innermost consciousness.

7. The hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, and afterwards in several services of purification. Thou shalt ; better, O purify me!-so in the next verse also.

8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness : that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Turn Thy face from my sins : and put out all my misdeeds.

10 Make me a clean heart, O God : and 10. Right ; Heb. renew a right spirit within me.

firm, constant of pur

pose. 11 Cast me not away from Thy presence :

11. And take, &c. ; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. the last versicle be12 O give me the comfort of Thy help

fore the Collects, in

Daily Prayer. again : and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.

12. Thy free; Heb. 13 Then shall I teach Thy ways unto a free = willing, de. the wicked : and sinners shall be converted | voted spirit. unto Thee.

14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O 14. Blood-guiltiness God. Thou that art the God of my health : and I-e.g., the blood of

Uriah. my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.

15 Thou shalt open my lips, O LORD : 15. This verse forms and my mouth shall shew Thy praise. the first address to

God after the Lord's 16 For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else

Prayer in Daily Praywould I give it Thee : but Thou delightest er. not in burnt-offerings.

17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled 17. One of the inspirit : a broken and contrite heart, O God, I troductory sentences

in Common Prayer. shalt Thou not despise.

· 18 O be favourable and gracious unto 18, 19. Perowne Sion : build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. regards these two

verses as added to the 19 Then shalt Thou be pleased with the

Psalm after the return sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt from exile. offerings and oblations : then shall they offer young bullocks upon Thine altar.

Psalm 52. Quid gloriaris ?
[A Psalm of David, denouncing God's judgment

upon the evil-doer, who is stated in the title
to be Doeg the Edomite, the betrayer of David
and Abimelech, and the destroyer of the priestly

city of Nob.]
Why boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant :
that thou canst do mischief;

1. Tyrant ; Heb. O strong, mighty one! such an one as was Doeg.

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