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LXXI. 16 1willgo in the strength of the Lord God. I will go on, through the power of him that enables me, to glorify my God, and to win due praises to his name.
LXXII. 1 Give the king thy judgments, 0 God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
OGod, thou, by whom kings reign, as thou hast called me, and my son Solomon after me, to the government of this kingdom, so do thou enable both me, for that little time I have to live, and him, in a happv succession to me, with those gifts of wisdom and knowledge, as also of justice and holiness, that are fit for so great a service. ,
LXXII. 2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
Let him govern thy people justly and uprightly; and even the poorer sort of them impartially and wisely.
LXXII. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
The very mountainous parts of the land, which used to be most barren, shall, under his peaceable and righteous government, yield a happv and joyful increase to their owners.
LXXI I. 5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure. 0 thou Saviour of Men, whose type my son Solomon shall be, men shall serve and devoutly worship thee, so long as the sun and moon shall shine upon the earth.
LXXII. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass. He shall be gentle and mild in his administration; and sweet and gracious in his heavenly doctrine, which shall distil upon the hearts of men, as the still and gentle rain falls upon the mown grass; so plausibly, so refreshingly.
LXXII. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
As the dominions of Solomon shall be large and spread far, so shall their extent be but a shadow of that unlimited kingdom, which pertains to the great Messiah, w hom he figureth: for behold, all the nations of the earth, even from one end thereof unto the other, shall yield their subjection to his spiritual kingdom.
LXXII. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him. Lien those, that are yet the most barbarous and savage people, shall submit themselves to the sceptre of his kingdom.
LXXII. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring p csents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. The heathenish princes of remotest countries, yea, even those that are by the broadest seas divided from the firm lands, shall acknowledge the sovereignty of Christ; and, as in type, the queen of the south shall come to hear and admire the wisdom of Solomon, not without rich gifts in her hand, so shall all the far distant kings and princes of the world come in and acknowledge their homage to this King of King*.
LXXII. 15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba.
He shall live for ever, whereas all earthly princes shall lay down their corruptible crowns in the dust; and so shall his devout clients be affected to him, that they shall think their richest treasures fittest to be presented to him.
LXXII. 1(5 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon. His blessing shall make the earth exceedingly fruitful; insomuch as one handful of corn sown upon those very hills, which might carry the suspicion of barrenness, shall grow to a marvellous increase; and, with a plentiful ear, shall yield so large and strong a stalk, that, with the motion of the wind, it shall shake cedar-like.
LXXIII. 4 There are no bands in their death. There is neither pangs of body, nor remorse and terror of soul, in their death.
LXXIII. 1 Their eyes stand out with fatness. They are pampered with the delicacies and pleasures of the world: theV are full fed, and too well-liking.
LXXIII. 10,11 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full'cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? Therefore God's own people and dear children come to this pass, seeing that they are exercised with store of afflictions while the wicked prosper, as to say, Doth the God of Heaven take notice of these things, &c?
LXXIII. 15 Jf I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
If I should yield to these weak thoughts, surely I should do wrong to the happy estate of thy faithful ones.
LXXIII., 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
When I looked into the ground of this complaint, I found it was too deep for mo, by my own natural discourse, to search into;
LXXIII. n Until 1 went into the sanctuary of God. Until I betook myself to inquire into the holy will of my God, revealed by his prophets.
LXXIII. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places. Surely thou hast so contrived it, that these wicked men, howsoever their places be high, yet they are slippery, and such as they shall never be able to hold their feet in, but must needs fall down into everlasting perdition.
LXXIII. 20 So, 0 Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their linage.
Soy. O Lord, when thou stirrest up thyself to execute judgment, thou shalt show how little thou reckonest of this vain fancy, or dream, of the wicked man's prosperity.'
LXXIII. 22 So ignorant I was, as a beast before thee. So ignorant was I, and so brutish in my misconceits of these prosperous conditions of wicked men.
PSALMS. 199LXXIII. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Notwithstanding, thou hast not taken advantage of my infirmities, but renewest thy favours upon me continually; and keepcst both my heart and my steps aright with thee; and hast, bv thy mighty power, upheld me from miscarrying under this temptation.
LXXIV. 3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in thy sanctuary. O God, do thou stir up thyself to work the perpetual desolations of thy enemies: trample them so down, that they may never rise up again: come speedily, and take notice of all that mischief, which the enemy hath wrought against thy sanctuary.
LXXIV. 4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
Thme enemies insult and triumph, in scorn of thy holy assemblies; and display proudly the monuments of their idolatry, and despite of thy worship, to the world; that all men may applaud their success, and witness thy dishonour.
LXXIV. 5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.'
It was heretofore thought an employment of much honour and merit, in those men who did cut down and square the timber trees for the building of thy holy sanctuary.
LXXIV. 6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. , But now, it is come to that pass, that every man thinks himself to deserve most thanks, that can do most havoc to thine holy place; that can most spitefully demolish the walls, and break down the goodly ceilings and curious ornaments, of thy Temple.
LXXIV. 9 We see not our signs: there is no more[any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. We have no testimonies left us any more of God's gracious presence with us: he hath so withdrawn himself, as that we have none of the wonted evidences of his favour to us: we have no prophet, of whom we might ask counsel of God's purposes towards us, and be informed how long we shall groan under this grievous I'lilamity.
LXXIV. 13 Thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou didst confound the great and mighty enemies of thine Israel, in the Red Sea.
I.XXIV. *4 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. TLuu didst destroy the great princes of Egypt, and gavest their flesh to be a prey unto wild beasts and ravenous fowls.
LXXIV. 15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
Thou cleavedst the rock in sunder; and broughtest out a fountain from thence, which flowed forth in plentiful streams; thou driedst up the great river of Jordan, that it might give free passage to thy people, through the channels thereof.
LXXV. 2 When I shall receive the congregation J will judge uprightly.
When I shall, in thine appointed time, take upon me the charge of thy people, I will rule them justly and unpartiallv.
LXXV. 3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
Both the whole world, and thy Church in special, are full of troubles, and dangerous affrights: it is I, whom thou hast, from all eternity, ordained to be a Mediator betwixt thee and it, that sustain and uphold it from ruin.
LXXV. 8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and hepoureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring out, and drink them.
God hath set to every man his measure of sorrow and affliction; and to the wicked he hath determined very grievous plagues and sufferings, which they must of force undergo: and if his children drink of the clear wine of this bitter cup, they, which are his enemies, shall drink of the lees and dregs thereof, and shall be judged in his extreme displeasure.
LXXV. 10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off. The proud strength and,power of wicked men, wherein they boast themselves,shall be abated and utterly disappointed, to their shame.
LXXVI. 3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.
There did he discomfit the mighty host of Sennacherib; and confounded them in their military projects, and defeated their bloody executions.
LXXVI. 4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
O God, thou shewedst thyself more mighty than all the forces of those Assyrians, which dwell upon the mountains; yea, than the strongest powers upon earth, though seconded with the advantage of the steep and rocky mountains.
LXXVI. '5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. The mighty warriors, that came up against Jerusalem, are spoiled, and have slept their last sleep, even in death; neither could any of those great champions be able to resist the destroying angel.
LXXVI. 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Thou canst and dost so order the matter, that, from the spite and malice of thine enemies, thou shalt take occasion to win praise and glory to thy name; even their mischief shall, in despite of them, glorify thee; in that those judgments, which their malice draws from thee, shall cause others to acknowledge and magnify thy power and justice; and, for the sequel, thou canst and wilt so restrain their power and tyranny, that they shall do no further mischief to thy people.
LXXVII. 2 My sore ran in the night, and ceased not. My pain of body and the sorrow of my soul continued upon me, without any intermission.
LXXVII. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled. I looked up to God, and remembered him, who is the God of Comfort, in whom I was wont to find relief; and yet now my remembrance of him added to my trouble, in that I could not feel that aid and consolation from him which I expected, but rather found his countenance hid and estranged from me.
LXXVII. 6 / call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. I call to remembrance those songs of praise, which I have heretofore made unto thee, in the deepest night of mine afflictions. I reasoned with myself; my soul made diligent search into the experiments of thy former mercies.
LXXVII. 10 And J said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most high.' llius I said, but I took myself in the manner, and corrected my own error; and found that it was nothing but my infirmity, that I ?ave vray to this temptation: but now I will stir up m( drooping heart, and recall the thought of those many and ancient favours, which the bountiful hand of God hath heaped upon me of old.
LXXVII. 1'3 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary. Thy counsels and judgments, O God, are hidden from our reach: thou hast reserved them to thyself in the cabinet of heaven: it is fitter for us to adore, than search them.
LXXVII. 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid.
The waters of the Red Sea and of Jordan were sensible of thy divine presence and power, O Lord; and, as if they had been afraid of thee, they ran away, and divided themselves into several courses.
LXXVII. 17 Thine arrows also went abroad. Thy lightnings were shot forth of thy clouds, as so many arrows out of thy bow; and thy hailstones were as so many bullets, sent out from thence upon thine enemies.
LXXVII. 19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters.
Thou shewedst thy power, in going before thy people and making way for them, through the midst of the sea; which is only subject to thy sovereign command, and either stands or moves according to thy will.
LXXVIII. 9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. tphraim, which was the chief of the ten revolted tribes of Israel,