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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass: and be withered even as the green herb.
3 3. Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good : dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thou in the Lord : and he shall give thee thy hearts's desire.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in him: and he shall bring it to pass.
6 He Mall make thy righteousness as clear as the light: and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
7 Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him : but grieve not thyself at him whore way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels,
8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure : fret not thyself, elfe shalt thou be moved to do evil.
9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out: and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone : thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away,
11 But the meek-spirited fall possess the earth: and shall be refreshed in the multitude of
peace. 12 The ungodly seekech counsel against the juft: and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh him to scorn : for he hath seen that his day is coming.
14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow: to cast down the poor and needy, and to Nay such as are of a right conversation.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart: and their bow shall be broken.
16 A small thing that the righteous hath: is better than great riches of the ungodly.
17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken : and the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the godly: and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
19 They thall not be confounded in the perilous time : and in the days of dearth they shall have enough,
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437 20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall consume as the fac of lambs: yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again ; but the righteous is merciful, and liberal.
22 Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land : and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
23 The Lord ordereth a good mans going: and maketh bis
way acceptable to himself.
24. Though he fall, he shall not be cast away: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old : and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his feed begging their bread.
26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth ; and his feed is blessed.
27 Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good : and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth the thing that is right : he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
29 The unrighteous shall be punished: as for the feed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
30 The righteous shall inherit the land : and dwell therein for ever.
3. The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom : and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
32 The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings Thall not Qide.
33 The ungodly feeth the righteous : and seeketh occasion to say him.
34 The Lord will not leave him in his hand : nor con: demn him when he is judged.
35 Hope thou in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt poffess the land : when che ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
36 I myself have seen the ungodly in great power; and Pourishing like a green bay-tree.
37 I went by, and lo, he was gone : I sought him, but his place could no where 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 transgreffors, they shall perish together : and the end of the ungodly is, They shall be rooted out af 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 Ihall stand by them, and save them ; he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.
MORNING PRAY E R.
Psalm xxxviii. Doinine, ne in furore
ther chaiten me in thy 'heavy displeaiure.
3. There is no health in my Aesh, because of thy displeasure : neither is there any rest in my bones, by reason of.
. 4 For my wickednesses are gone over my headand are like a fore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt : through my foolishness.
6 I am brought into fo great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxvij.] The sum of the doctrine contained in this psalm is, that we ought not to envy the happiness which the wick”d enjoy in this world, nor be offended at the afflictions of good men. For if the latter are sometimes in affiction, in their trials they experience the divine afsistance, and have a happy issue out of all their troạbles : But it is not fo with the ungodly; their prosperity is only imaginary, and of hort duration ; God confounds their unjuft designs; and bis anger, in a very sen. fible manner, falls upon them and all that belongs to them. Every day's experience verifies what this pralm teaches ; and therefore the effect which the reading of it should produce, is to convince us, that our whole happiness depends on our perseverance in piety, which is attended with suck lure and glorious rewards.
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439 7 For my loins are filled with a fore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.
8 I am feeble, and fore fmitten: I have roared for the very disquietness of my heart.
9 Lurd, thou knowest all my desire: and my groaning is not bid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me : and the fight of mine eyes is gone from me.
1. My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble : and my kinsmen stood afar off.
12 They allo that sought after my life, laid snares for me : and they that went 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, and heard not : and as one that is dumb, who doch not open his mouth.
14 I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my God. .
16 I have required that they, even mine enemies, should not triumph over me : for when my foot dipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.
17 And I, truly, am set in the plague: and my heavinels is ever in my light.
18 For I will contess my wickedness : and be sorry for
19 Buc mine enemies live, and are mighty : and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in number.
20 They also that reward evil for good, are against me : becaule I follow the thing that good is.
-21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far
22 Haste thee to help me: O Lord God of my
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Palm xxxviii.) What is said in this psalm is very proper for the inAruction and confolation of those who are afflicted with pains and diseases, or in any other manner : David teaches them by his own example, to Jook apon the evils that befal them, how severe soever they be, as a juit Correction for their ens, and to ask Got pardon for them.
Psalm xxxix. Dixi, Cuftodiam. Said, I will take head to my ways : that I offend not in my tongue.
2 'I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my light,
3 I held my tongue and spake nothing : I kept silence, yea, even from good words: but it was pain and grief to nie.
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 Lord, let me know my end, and the number of
my days: that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6 Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long : and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee ; and verily every man living is altogether vanity. 7
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquietech himself in vain : he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8 And now, Lord, what is my hope : truly my hope is even in thee.
9 Deliver me from all mine offences : and make me nec a rebuke unto the foolish.
10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for is was thy doing.
11 Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
12 When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for fin, thou makelt his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears con dider my calling : hold not thy peace at my tears.
14 For I am a stranger with thue : and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
15 O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more feen.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxix.) 1. This psalm contains an excellent doctrine ; which is, that the way never to fill into murmuring, when we see the tem poral