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Give ye your true testimonies of your humble homage and subjection to this Eternal Son of God; and of your meet obedience to me, whom he hath ordained to be a figure of that his glorious government; lest his anger be provoked against you by your contempt, and so he should cut you off in the midst of your designs.

IV. 2. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame ? &c.

O ye proud enemies, that pride yourselves in the favour and countenance of Saul, how long will yo vainly endeavour to disappoint that glory, which God hath by his prophet fore-promised unto me?

IV. 4. Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own hearts upon your bed, and be still.

Be afraid of God's judgments, and be reclaimed from your sins, and especially from your bloody persecution of me; deal seriously with your own hearts in secret, betwixt God and them : retire yourselves purposely, for the more opportunity of your deep meditations ; and be confounded in yourselves, turning your displeasure back upon your own wicked hearts.

IV. 6. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good ?

I know it is the common fashion of the world, to look after outward prosperity; and to measure happiness by the abundance of these earthly things; but for me, O Lord, I value thy favour above all things whatsoever.

IV. 7. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

They do not so much rejoice in their vintage and harvest, when it is most rich, seasonable, abundant, as I do in the assurance of thy grace towards me.

V. 9. Their throat is an open sepulchre.

They have swallowed down many dear morsels, of the estates and lives of the godly and innocent; and out of their throats have proceeded nothing but words tending to the destruction of others.

VI. 5. For in death there is no remembrance of thee.

When I am once dead, I can no more celebrate thy name amongst the living, as I now do.

VII. 7. So shall the congregation of the people praise thee : for their sakes therefore return on high.

O God, in delivering me, thou shalt not only do good unto me, but this proof of thy mercy shall draw all the people to a just admiration of thy goodness; for their sakes therefore, ascend thou

upon thy throne of judgment, and make thy grace conspicuous to all the world.

VII. 14. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

It shall be with him, as with a woman that is mocked with a false and yet painful conception : he hath conceived a mischievous plot against me; he travaileth, in bringing that sinful design to execution; and when all is done, he is delivered of nothing, but a vain and false hope, which vanisheth into wind and disappointment.

VIII. 2. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and avenger.

O God, thou needest no skilful rhetoricians to set forth thy praise : even very new-born babes and sucklings do sufficiently declare thy power, wisdom, and goodness : whosoever shall but look upon them, and see their miraculous formation and nourishment and insensible growth, shall see enough to stop the mouths of all thine enemies; how much more when they come to age and discretion, dost thou fetch praise and glory to thyself from them? . VIII. 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.

Thou hast made man in his very creation, and the Son of Man in his voluntary exinanition of himself for our sake, a little lower than the angels.

IX. 6. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end : and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

O thou enemy, thou hast now, I hope, done destroying; thou hast made an end of sacking and ruining our cities; there is no more work for thee further to do: and now, when they have done their worst, themselves and their memorial is utterly rooted out.

IX. 12. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them.

When God calls men to a reckoning for their oppressions and cruelties, he then remembers the poor, and is just and careful to right their wrongs.

X. 3. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom God abhorreth.

The wicked man follows his unbridled lusts; and boasts of his free and full contentment that he finds in his evil ways, and magnifies those that are earthly and carnal-minded, like himself; who, though they be applauded by him, yet are abhorred of God.

X. 5. His ways are always grievous ; thy judgments are far above out of his sight ; as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

His ways are ever offensive to God: thy judgments, O God, are by him put far from his thoughts ; and for his enemies, in a confidence of his own strength, he maketh a mock of them.

X. 10. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

He glavereth, and speaks fair, and carries himself courteously, to draw in the poor into his danger; and when he hath once got hold of them, he falls violently upon them.

X. 15. Seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

Do thou search out, and punish, and restrain his wickedness, till there be no more of it to be found ; make a full end of his evil by thy judgments.

XI. 3. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do ?

O God, they have undermined me in the very foundations of my being and subsisting: how can I then hold out? Let me be never so upright and innocent, yet I must needs, for ought I can do, fall under their violence.

XI. 4. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven.

But howsoever such measure be offered me by men, yet my comfort is, that I have a God, who dwells above in the glorious temple of heaven, who can and will redress my wrongs.

XI. 6. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares ; fire and brimstone.

He will, in his due time, execute most terrible and dreadful judgments upon the wicked, such as he did upon Sodom and Gomorrah: he shall rain down upon their heads fire and brimstone, which shall surprise them suddenly, and ensnare them without possibility of escape.

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XII. 8. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

It must needs be, that wicked men should abound every where, and bear them proudly in their lewd courses, when the worst and most godless men are exalted and preferred to places of honour and command, and magnified in their sins.

XIII. 3. Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.

O Lord, do thou comfort me, with the cheerful light of thy countenance : raise me up with a sweet sense of thy favour, lest I be utterly disheartened, and die disconsolate.

XIV. 1. The fool hath said, &c. See Psalm liï. 1.

XIV. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat up my people as they eat bread.

What a strange madness is this in wicked men, that they will not consider what vengeance they pull upon themselves, while they do thus cruelly devour my people, as they eat bread so greedily, so familiarly; without fear or remorse!

XIV. 5. There were they in great fear : for God is in the yeneration of the righteous.

But how secure soever they now seem, God hath a time, wherein he shall confound them with fear and astonishment ; for that just God takes special charge of the generation of the just, and shall surely plague their cruel persecutors.

XIV. 6. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

Ye have scorned and made a mock of the holy resolutions of the poor and godly man, in that he depended upon the Lord, as his refuge : and trusted not, as you do, to his own devices and to the arm of flesh.

XV. 1. LORD, who shull abide in thy tabernacle ? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

O Lord, whom wilt thou admit, as a living member of thy true Church upon earth, and as a glorious citizen of thy heavenly Jerusalem above !

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XVI. 2. My goodness extendeth not to thee.

O God, what have I, or what can I do, that can confer any thing to thee ; since thou art infinitely glorious and powerful, and I am not finite only, but weak and miserable ?

XVI. 4. Their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

I will have nothing to do with those idolatrous heathen, nor yet with their superstitious and sinful rites : if they pollute themselves with the drink offerings of blood, whether of men or other creatures, I abhor to partake with them ; neither will I so much as make mention of the names of their false gods.

XVI. 6. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places ; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I cannot envy the greatness and prosperity of these wicked idolaters : no, God hath allotted a happy portion unto me, in comparison of the best of them.

XVI. 9. My flesh also shall rest in hope.

I will also lay down this body of mine in the grave, in a certain hope and assurance of my resurrection to immortality.

XVI. 10. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell ; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption

For thou wilt not give me utterly over to that corruption, which shall seize on me in the grave; neither wilt let the body of thy holy servant to vanish away in dust and rottenness ; but wilt one day raise it glorious ; whereof I am assured by the vir



tue of my insition into that Christ, whose sacred body thou wilt preserve from the least putrefaction in the earth.

XVII. 10. They are inclosed in their own fat.

They are fat and well liking ; pampering themselves with all the contentments and pleasures, that their heart can desire. .

XVII. 14. From men (as in the margin) by thine hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasures.

Save thou me, O Lord, by thy powerful hand, from the cruelty of men, even from worldly and blood-thirsty men ; which have set up their rest here below, making no account of any other life after this, wherein to receive the retribution of good or evil ; whom yet thou causest to abound with the choicest of all temporal and outward blessings, for their further judgment.

XVII. 15. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

But as for me, I do no way envy this happiness of theirs, but rather am willingly content to suffer affliction here, since I am assured, I shall, one day, behold thy face in perfect beauty : when I shall awake out of my long sleep in the grave, I shall be fully satisfied with thy glorious presence ; and, in the mean time, I shall comfortably hope to see thy deliverance of me, in thy just vindication from mine enemies ; and when thou raisest me out of my great adversity, I shall be abundantly refreshed with thy loving countenance towards me.

XVIII. 2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress.
See for this whole Psalm in 2 Sam. xxii,

XIX. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

As the continual succssion of day and night doth notably set forth the wonderful power and providence of God, so there is no day nor night, wherein God doth not renew unto us some notable demonstration of his goodness, power, and wisdom, in this great administration : every day affords us some new document thereof.

XIX. 3. There is no speech or language, where their name is not heard.

Though these heavens, and this day and night be mute, yet their speech and language is universally understood ; so as the world, being distinguished by a variety of tongues, (the people whereof understand not each other, yet) all of them through the whole earth understand this voice, whereby the heavens, and day, and night, praise their Maker.

XIX. 4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he made a tabernacle for the sun.

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