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WHEN ISAIAH HAD FORETOLD THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB's ARMY TO HEZEKLAH.

The Psalmist erhorteth to praise God, 1–3; for his great works, 4, 5; for his judg ments on the wicked, 6–9; and for his goodness to the godly, 10–15

T A Psalm, or Song, for the Sabbath day.

! It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LoRD, And to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High! *To show forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, And thy faithfulness 'every night, * Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; Upon the 'harp with 'a solemn sound. * For thou, LoRD, hast made me glad through thy work; I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5 O "LoRD, how great are thy works! And "thy thoughts are very deep. * A "brutish man knoweth not, Neither doth a fool understand this. 7 When "the wicked spring as the grass, And when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; It is that they shall be destroyed forever: 8 But thou, LoRD, art most high for evermore. 9 For, lo! thine enemies, O Lord, For, lo! thine enemies shall perish; All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 1" But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a 11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, And mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. * The ‘righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. * Those that be planted in the house of the LoRD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, They shall be fat and “flourishing, *To show that the LoRD is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

unicorn, I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 1 Heb. in the nights. * Heb. Higgaion, b Isa. 28.29. Rom. 11.83, 84. * Or, solemn sound Psa. 9. 16. c See Job 11. 12.

with the harp. a See Gen. 1.1. d See Job 12.6.

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WHEN ISAIAH HAD FORETOLD THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB'S ARMY TO HEZEKIAH.

The majesty of Jehovah's dominion, 1,2; his power is above all, 3, 4; he is true and holy, 5.

1 The "LoRD reigneth, "he is clothed with majesty;

The LoRD is clothed with strength wherewith he hath girded himself;

The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.

* Thy throne is established 'of old; Thou art from everlasting.

* The floods have lifted up, O Lord!
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.

* The “LoRD on high
Is mightier than the noise of many waters,
Yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

* Thy testimonies are very sure;
Holiness becometh thy house, O Lord, "forever.

a Isa. 52. 7. Rev. 19. 6. 1 Heb. from then. * Heb. to length of t Psa. 45. 6. Prov 8, 22, &c. c See Job 88. 11, days.

INTRODUCTION TO PSALMS LXXVI, LXXW AND XLVI.

PSALMS OF ASAPH AND KORAH.

The messengers of Sennacherib return to him the second time, after another abortive mission. Chafed by these delays, and exasperated at the resolute defiance of the king of Judah, the furious Assyrian finds his conquests for the present checked, and his army exposed to the assault of the Egyptians on the one hand and the desperate Hebrew soldiers on the other. Lachish and Libnah, by their heroic resistance, had arrested his progress and for a while baffled his ambitious schemes. Meanwhile the judgments of heaven are preparing, and before he had time to vent his rage upon Jerusalem the fatal crisis arrives. “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred four score and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.” “Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side. And many brought gifts unto the Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah; so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.” Read 2 Kings xix, 35–37; 2 Chronicles xxxii, 21–23.

PS ALM L XXVI.

ON THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB'S ARMY.

A declaration of God's majesty and judgments in defending his people, 1-10; an eahortation to worship him, 11, 12.

T To the chief Musician on Neginoth, [or, upon stringed instruments.] A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

1 In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. * In Salem also is his tabernacle, And his dwelling-place in Zion. * There "brake he the arrows of the bow, The shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah! * Thou art more glorious and excellent Than the mountains of prey. * The "stout-hearted are spoiled, They have slept their sleep; And none of the men of might have found their hands. * At othy rebuke, O God of Jacob! Both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. 7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared; And "who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? * Thou "didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; The fearth feared—and was still, 9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the meek of the earth. Selah! 10 Surely 5 the wrath of man shall praise Thee: The remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain. a Psa. 46. 9. Ezek. 89, 9. d Nahum 1.6. f2 Chron. 20. 29, 30.

b Isa. 46.12. e Ezek. 38. 20. r See Exod. 9. 16; 18.11. c Exod. 15. 1, 21. Ezek. 89. 20. Nahum 2. 13. Zech. 12.4. Psa. 65. 7.

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11 Wow, hand pay unto the LoRD your God: Let 'all that be round about him bring presents 'unto him. That ought to be feared. * He shall cut off the spirit of princes: He is terrible to the kings of the earth.

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The Psalmist praiseth God, 1; he promiseth to judge uprightly, 2,3; he rebuketh the proud, in consideration of God's providence, 4–8; he praiseth God, and promiseth to execute justice, 9, 10.

T To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, [or, Destroy not..] A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

| Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, Unto thee do we give thanks; For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. * "When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly. * The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved; I bear up the pillars of it. Selah! * I said unto the fools, “Deal not foolishly;” And to the wicked, “Lift not up the horn; * Lift not up your horn on high; Speak not with a stiff neck.” * For promotion cometh neither from the east, Nor from the west, nor from the 'south. 7 But God is the judge: He "putteth down one, and setteth up another.

1 Or, When I shall take a set time. * Heb. desert. a1 Sam. 2.7. Dan. 2. 21.

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