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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. 13. 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. . .
Ephraim, which was the chief of the ten revolted tribes of Israel, though they were well armed, and furnished with those weapons which might gall the enemy afar off, yet, as a punishment from G d upon them, they cowardly fled before the enemy, and gave a foul example of base flight to the rest of their brethren. . LXXVIII. 10. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law.
They, with their revolted associates, kept not the covenant which God had made with them, but turned aside to follow Jeroboam in his wicked idolatry; forsaking the law and temple of their God. ' i LXXVIII. 12. In the field of Zoan.
In the territories that belong to Zoan, a chief city of Egypt, and the court of Pharaoh ; where those miraculous works would be so much more noted. · LXXVIII. 25. Man did eat angels' food.
Man did eat of that bread, which descended from heaven, the glorious mansion of angels.
LXXVIII. 49. By sending evil angels among them.
By giving them over into the power of evil angels, which are the executioners of God's wrath; so as, by their hand, many
of those judgments, which were inflicted upon Egypt, were wrought.
LXXVIII. 54. He brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand hath purchased.
He brought them into the possession of this promised land, where he hath placed his sanctuary; and to this holy hill of Sion, which he hath chosen to that purpose, having cast out the Jebusites, who formerly possessed it, by his mighty power.
LXXVIII, 60. So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,
So that he forsook that tabernacle of his, which was pitched in Shiloh ; and had no further respect to that chosen place.
LXXVIII. 61. And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.
And withal gave up his very ark, which was the strength and glory of Israel; and that sign of his presence, whereby he manifested his strength and glory to Israel; that ark did he give up into the hands of the Philistines.
LXXVIII. 65. Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
Then the Lord, who seemed to sleep while he winked at the captivity of the ark, roused up himself, to a revenge of these insolencies of the Philistines; and laid about him, as some mighty giant, whose spirits are cheered with abundance of wine, dealing judgments on all sides.
LXXVIII. 66. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts : he put them to a perpetual reproach,
And he smote the Philistines with a grievous and shameful disease, in their hinder parts ; even with sore emerods, to their great pain and reproach.
LXXVIII. 67. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim :
Moreover he refused to dwell any longer in Shiloh, which was in the tribe of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, where his ark had long sojourned :
LXXVIII. 68. But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
And made choice to fix himself at Jerusalem, within the tribe of Judah; even upon Mount Sion, which he hath preferred to all the earth,
LXXX. 1. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
O thou great Ruler and Protector of thy people Israel; thou, that both guidest and defendest the posterity of Joseph, as a good shepherd doth his flock ; thou, that art graciously wont to manifest thy presence in thy mercy-seat, which is between the
wings of the cherubims; look down graciously upon us, and shew thy power in our deliverance.
LXXX. 2. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come to save us.
Before those holy remainders of the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, which still held close unto thee, notwithstanding the miserable defection of their brethren, even before these thy faithful servants, stir up thy strength, and work our deliverance.
LXXX. 8. Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
Thy Church of Israel is some generous and pleasant vine, which thou hast brought out of that barren and hard soil of Egypt; and, having cast out the Canaanites, which were the wild and natural plants of this place, hast here set, in this good land of thy promise.
LXXX. 13. The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beasts of the field do devour it.
The heathenish tyrants, that came up from Babylon and Assyria in open hostility to thy people, have made havock of this thy vineyard, having rooted up the plants, and torn down the branches of it; and their wicked complices and followers devour the grapes thereof.
LXXX. 15. And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
Be gracious to thy whole Church, and especially to that thino anointed servant, whom thou hast set over thy people, and advanced for the defence of thine own cause, and the safeguard of thine inheritance.
LXXX. 17. Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. . : Do thou prosper and bless the great work of thy dear and powerful Messiah; even that Son of Man, that Son of God, that God and Man, whom thou hast set apart for this blessed work of mediation, and furnished with power and graces fit for so glorious an employment.
LXXXI. 3. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed of our solemn feast days.
Do ye testify the inward joy of your hearts, by all kinds of melody, and especially by the loud noise of trumpets ; such, as wherewith ye celebrate the feasts of the new moons, and other set and solemn festivities. : LXXXI. 5. This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt. • This he ordained to be observed of all the tribes, and especially those that are the ringleaders of the rest, even the posterity of
Joseph ; when he led his people along, from the land of Egypt, through the wilderness.
LXXXI. 7. I answered thee in the secret place of thunder.
I answered thee really out of the clouds; from whence I sent thunder, and lightnings, and hailstones, upon thine enemies.
LXXXI. Ibid. I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.
I made proof of thee, whether thou wouldest meekly and faithfully attend upon my providence, and keep my commandments, even at those waters, which justly had their name from that strife, which thou hadst with my servant Moses.
LXXXI. 16. With honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee. See Deut. xxxii. verse 13.
LXXXII. 1. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
God is present in the counsels of the great rulers of the earth; he surveyeth all their actions and consultations, and passeth judgment upon them accordingly.
LXXXII. 5. All the foundations of the earth are out of course.
All things are out of order, good laws are violated, authority is contemned, men are lawless. - LXXXII. 6. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high.
I have said of the great rulers of Israel, Ye are as the angels of God to the people, yea, as God's own deputies upon earth ; yea, as earthly images of God; and ye are all, in a peculiar manner, chosen and respected of the Almighty..
LXXXII. 7. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes,
But ye shall die like other men ; there shall be no difference betwixt you and those other heathen princes which know not God, in respect of the necessity, and ways, and manner of your death and dissolution.
- LXXXIII. 3. And consulted against thy hidden ones.
They have laid their heads together, and consulted, how they may root out thy holy seed; those, whom thou hast in thy secret counsel chosen for thy own, and whom thou hast taken upon thee to protect. " LXXXIII. 6. The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes ;
Those of the posterity of Esau and Ishmael, and of Lot and Hagar, which ought, in regard of nearness of blood, to favour and join with the other issue of Abraham and Jacob, they do yet conspire altogether against them, &c.
LXXXIII. 7. Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre ; &c.
· And are in confederacy with the other neighbouring nations, which profess and exercise hostility against thy people Israel. :
LXXXIII. 9. Do thou unto them us unto the Midianites ; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison :
Do thou utterly defeat and destroy them, as thou didst the Midianites and their five kings ; as thou didst Sisera, the general of Jabin's host, and his strong army, at the brook and valley of Kison : · LXXXIII. 10. Which perished at Endor : they became as dung for the earth.
Which perished in the plains of the city Endor, near to that famous river of Kison; and left their carcasses upon the earth, for a prey to the fowls, and compost to the soil. :
LXXXIII. 11. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb : yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna. : Make their princes and nobles, like unto those princes of the Midianites, which Gideon pursued and slew.
LXXXIII. 13. O my God, make them like a wheel ; as the stubble before the wind.
Do thou whirl them away, and all their projects and attempts, and scatter them as stubble before the wind.
LXXXIV. 3. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts.
O God, how do I, in this my exile, envy those little familiar birds, the sparrow and the swallow, which are allowed to find out quiet nests for themselves and their young, in the houses of men ; yea, near unto thy very altars, O Lord of Hosts ; while I am driven away, and not suffered to enjoy the benefit and comfort of thy house!
LXXXIV. 6. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well ; the rain also filleth the pools.
Who cannot be discouraged in their journey towards the holy tabernacle, by all the difficulties of the way ; for, though they pass through a dry and barren desert, yet there doth their comfortable resolution make a well of refreshing, and afford them sweet and pleasant showers ; in that their heart is possessed with the expectation of that blessing, which they shall be partakers of in that holy mountain.
LXXXIV. 7. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. · And therefore they go on, cheerfully gathering strength and courage, in the way, until they come into the presence of the Lord, in his temple, upon the hill of Zion. · LXXXIV. 10. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
I would rather choose to be in the lowest and basest room