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* Trouble and anguish have “taken hold on me; Yet thy commandments are my delights.
*The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: Give me understanding, and I shall live.
* I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes. * I cried unto thee; Save me," and I shall keep thy testimonies. * I "prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. * Mine eyes prevent the night watches, That I might meditate in thy word. * Hear my voice according unto thy loving-kindness: O LoRD ! quicken me according to thy judgment. 150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: They are far from thy law. 15. Thou art “near, O Lord! And all thy commandments are truth. * Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old That thou hast founded them "forever.
153 Consider "mine affliction, and deliver me;
** Heb. found me. 1 Psa. 63. 1. 6. n 1 Sam. 24. 15. Psa. 85, 1. * Or, that I may keep. k Psa. 145. 18. Micah 7.9. b Psa. 5. 8. and 88, 13. | Luke 81. 83. o Job 5.4.
and 130, 6. in Lam. 5.1. * Or, many.
*7 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies, Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. * I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved, Because they kept not thy word. * Consider how I love thy precepts: Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. ** "Thy word is true from the beginning, And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth
161 Princes Phave persecuted me without a cause,
160 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord! Give me understanding according to thy word.
** Heb. the beginning of thy q Prov. 3. 2. Isa. 32.17. r Gen. 49. 18. orord is true. so lieb, they shall have no * Prov. 5, 21. P 1 Sam. 24. 11, 14. and 26. 18. stumbling-block.
170 Let my supplication come before thee:
ments. t Jos. 24, 22. Prov, 1.29. Lake 10 is u Isa. 53. 6. Luke 15, 4, &c. 1 Pet. 2.25. 26% - " , ~ --- & - . .. . . . . ...? INTRODUCTION TO PSALM I. . .
We know not who wrote the first Psalm, but it is generally * supposed, that either David or Ezra was the author. It is commonly regarded as the preface to the book of Psalms, and it is probable that either Ezra wrote it for that purpose, or, finding it among the collection of Divine Psalms, took it and ! placed it in its present position in the catalogue, in view of the appropriateness of its subject-matter for this place. It bears the same testimony to the paramount excellence of God's law which characterizes Psalm czix. It declares, like that, the true and ultimate happiness of man to result from conformity to the Divine law, while his ruin and wretchedness inevitably followed from disobedience. The whole book of Psalms is an illustration of the excellence and certainties
of the reward of piety, and the dreadful contrast of the character and doom of the wicked. Psalm i, therefore, as to its theme, is a proper introduction to the whole book, while its chronology places it last of all the sacred lyrical compositions.
PLACED BY EZRA (AND PROBABLY WIRITTEN BY HIM) AS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WHOLE BOOK OF PSALMS.
The happiness of the godly, 1–3; the unhappiness of the ungodly, 4–6.
* Blessed "is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 'ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. * But his delight is in the law of the LoRD; And "in his law doth he meditate day and night. * And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season; His leaf also shall not "wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall “prosper. * The ungodly are not so; But are "like the chaff which the wind driveth away. * Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. * For "the LoRD knoweth the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
a John 18. 17. * Heb. fade. e Psa. 37. 18. Nahum 1. T. 1 Or, voicked. • Gen. 39. 3, 23. Psa. 128, 2. John 10.14, 2 Tim. 2. 19. b Joshua 1.8. Isa. 3. 10.
1 Tim. 4, 15. d Job 21. 18. Psa. 85. 5. Isa. 17.18. Hos. 18, 8. Mat. 8, 12.
showING IN what PART of THIs work ANY PsALM MAY BE Found; ALso THE PROBABLE occASION on willoH IT was composed;
WITH ITS DATE, AND THE AUTHORITY FoR ITS INSERTION IN ITS PRESENT PLACE IN THIS ARRANGEMENT.
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