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10 He, when the heathen closely plot, How blest they are, and only they,
their counsels underminer;

who in his truth confide.
His wisdom ineffectual makos

9 Fear him, ye saints; and you will then the people’s rash designs.

have nothing else to fear:
11 Whate'er the mighty Lord decrees, Make you his service your delight,
shall stand for ever sure;

your wants shall be his care.
The settled purpose of his heart 10 While hungry lions lack their prey,
to ages shall endure.

the Lord will food provide PART II.

For such as put their trust in him,
12 How happy then are they, to whom and see their needs supply'd.
the Lord for God is known!

PART II.
Whom he, from all the world besides,
has chosen tor his own.

11 Approach, ye piously disposed,
13, 14, 15 He all the nations of the earth, and my instruction hear;

I'll teach
from heaven, his throne, survey'd;

you the true discipline
He saw their works, and view'd their of his religious fear.
thoughts;

12 Let him who length of life desires,
by him their hearts were made. and prosperous days would see,
16, 17 No king is safe by numerous hosts; 13From slandering languagekeep histongue,
their strength the strong deceives:

his lips from falsehood free; No managed horse, by force or speed,

14 The crooked paths of vice decline, his warlike rider saves.

and virtue's ways pursue ;
18, 19 Tis God, who those that trust in him Establish peace, where 'tis begun;
beholds with gracious eyes;

and where 'tis lost, renew.
He frees their soul from death; their want, 15 The Lord from heaven beholds the just

with favourable eyes; in time of dearth, supplies. 20, 21 Our soul on God with patience waits ; And, when distress”d, his gracious ear our help and shield is he;

is open to their cries;

16 But turns his wrathful look on those Then, Lord, let still our hearts rejoice, because we trust in thee.

whom mercy can't reclaim, 22 The riches of thy mercy, Lord,

To cut them off, and from the earth

blot out their hated name.
do thou to us extend;
Since we, for all we want or wish,

17 Deliverance to his saints he gives,

when his relief they crave;
on thee alone depend.
PSALM 34.

18 He's nigh to heal the broken heart,

and contrite spirit save. THROUGH all the changing scenes of

19 The wicked oft, but still in vain, in trouble and in joy,

against the just conspire; The praises of my Gou shall still

20 For under their affliction's weight my heart and tongue employ.

he keeps their bones entire. 2 of his deliverance I will boast,

21 The wicked, from their wicked arts, till all that are distrest,

their ruin shall derive; From my example comfort take,

Whilst righteous men, whom they detesta and charm their griefs to rest.

shall them and theirs survive. 3 O! magnify the Lord with me,

22 For God preserves the souls of those with me exalt his name:

who on his truth depend; 4 When in distress to him I call'd,

To them, and their posterity, he to my rescue came.

his blessings shall descend. Their drooping hearts were soon refresh'd,

PSALM 35. who look'd to him for aid;

A

GAINST all those that strive with me, Desired success in every face

O Lord, assert my right; a cheerful air display'd.

With such as war unjustly wage, 6 “Behold," say they, “behold the man, do thou my battles tight.

“ whom providence relieved; 2 Thy hucklertake, and bind thy shield 4 The man so dangerously beset,

upon thy warlike arm;
so wondrously
retrieved !"

Stand up, o God, in my defence
7 The hosts of God encamp around and keep me safe from harm.
the dwellings of the just

3 Bring forth thy spear; and stop their Deliverance he affords to all

course,
who on his succour trust.

that haste my blood to spill;
0! make but trial of his love, Say to my soul, “ I am thy health,
experience will decide

a and will preserve thee solt."

4 Let them with shame be cover'd v'er,

PART III. who my destruction sought;

18 So I, before the listening world, And such as did my harın devise,

shall grateful thauks express ; be to confusion brought.

And where the great assembly meets, 6 Ther shall they fly, dispersed like chaff thy name with praises bless. before the driving wind;

19 Lord, sufier not my causeless foes, God's vengeful minister of wrath

who me unjustly hate, shall follow close behind.

With open joy, or secret signs, 6And when through dark and slippery ways, to mock my sad estate. they strive his rage to shun,

20 For they, with hearts averse to peace His vengeful ministers of wrath

industriously devise, shall goad them as they run.

Against the men of quiet minds 7 Since, ucprovok'd by any wroug,

to forge malicious lies, they had their treacherous snare; 21 Nor with these private arts content, And, for my harmless soul, a pit

aloud they vent their spite;. did, without cause, prepare;

And say, " At last we found him out, 8 Surprised by mischiefs unforeseen, “ he did it in our sight.”. by their own arts betray’d,

22 But thou, who dost both them and me Their feet shall fall into the net,

with righteous eyes sarvey, which they for me had laid :

Assert my innocence, O Lord, 9 Whilst my glad soul shall God's great and keep not far away, naine

28 Stir up thyself in my behalf; for this deliverauce bless,

to judginent, Lord, awake; And, by his saving health secured, Thy righteous servant's cause, O God, tis grateful joy express.

to thy decision take. 10 My very bones shall say,“ O Lord, 24 Lord, as my heart has upright been,

who can compare with thee! let me thy justice find; “ Who sett'st the poor and helpless man Nor let my cruel foes oitain " from strong oppressors free.”

the triumph they design'd. PART II.

25 Oh! let them not, amongst themselves 11 False witnesses, with forged complaints, in boasting language say, against my truth combined;

“ At length our wishes are complele ; And to my charge such things they laid,

" at last he's made our prey. as I had ne'er design'd.

26 Let such as in

my

harm rejoiced, 12 The good which I to them had done, for shame their faces hide; with evil they repaid ;

And foul dishonour wait on those And did, by malice undeserved,

that proudly me desy'd: my harmless life invade.

27 Whilst they with cheerful voices shou, 13 But as for me, when they were sick, who my just cause befriend; I still in sackcloth mourn'd;

And bless the Lord, who loves to make I pray'd and fasted, and my prayer success his saints allend. to my own breast return'd.

28 So shall my tongue thy judgments sing 14 Had they my friends or brethren been, inspired with grateful joy; I could have done no more;

And cheerful hynns in praise of thee, Nor with more decent signs of grief shall all my days employ. a mother's loss deplore.

PŠALM 36. 15. How different did their carriage prove, My hinalikote

, withofattering artean

his wicked purpose would disguise; When they, in crowds, together met, But reason whispers to my heart, did savage joy, express.

he ne'er sets God before his eyes. The rabble too, in numerous throngs, 2 He soothes himself, retired from sight; by their example came;

secure he thinks his treacherous game; And ceased not, with reviling words, Till his dark plots, exposed to light, to wound my spotless fame.

their false contriver brand with shame. 16 Scoflers, that noble tables haunt, 3 In deeds he is

my

foe confess’d, and earn their bread with lies,

whilst with his tongue he speaks me fair Did gnash their teeth, and slandering jests True wisdom's banish'd from his be east, maliciously devise.

and vice has sole dominion there. 17 Lui, Lord, how long wilt thou look on ? 4 His wakeful malice spends the nigh on my behalf appear ;

iu forging his accurs'd designs ; And save my guililess soul, which they His obstinate ungenerous spite like ravening beuls, would tear.

no execrable means declinek

B But, Lord, thy mercy, my sure hope,

PART II. above the heavenly orb ascends; 12 While sinful crowds, with false design Thy sacred truth's unmeasured scope Against the righteous few combine,

beyond the spreading sky extends. and grash their teeth and threatening 6 Thy justice like the hills remains ;

stand; unfathom'd depths thy judgments are ;

13 God shall their empty plots deride, Thy providence ihe world sustains; And laugh at their defeated pride: the whole creation is thy care.

he sees their ruin near at land. 7 Since of thy goodness all partake, 14 They draw the sword, and bend the bow,

with what assurance should the just The poor and needy to o'erthrow, Thy sheltering wings their refuge inake, and men of upright lives to slay;, and saints to thy protection trust!

15 But their strong bows shall soon be broke, 8 Such guests shall to thy courts be led, Their sharpen'd weapou's mortal stroke

to banquet on thy love's repast; through their own hearts shall force its And drink, as from a fountain's head,

way. of joys that shall for ever last. 16 A little, with God's favour Lless’d, 9 With thee the springs of life remain; That's by one righteous man possessid, thy presence is eternal day:

the wealth of many bad excels; 10 o let thy saints thy farour gain;

17 For God supports the just man's cause ; to upright hearts the truth display. But as for those that break his laws, 11 Whilst pride’: insulting foot would spurn,

their unsuccessful power he quells. and wicked hands my life surprise,

18 His constant care the upright guides, 12 Their mischiefs on themselves return; And over all their life presides; down, down they're fall'n, no more to rise. their portion shall for ever last: * PSALM 37.

19They,wben distress o'erwhelms the earth, THOUGH wieked men grow rich or Shall be unmoved, and even in dearth,

the happy fruits of plenty taste. Yet let not their successful state

20 Not so the wicked man, and those thy anger or thy envy raise;

Who proudly dare God's will oppose; 2 For they, cut down like tender grass,

destruction is their kapless share: Or like young flowers, away shall pass,

Like fat of lambs, their hopes, and they, whose blooming beauty soon decays.

Shall in an instant melt away, 3 Depend on God, and him obey,

and vanish into smoke and air. So thou within the land shalt stay,

PART III. secure from danger and from want : 4 Make his commands thy chief delight; 21. While sinners, brought to sad decay, And he, thy duty to requite,

Still borrow on, and never pay, shall allthy earnest wishes grant.

the just have will and power to give, 5 In all thy ways trust thou the Lord,

22 For such as God vouchsases to bless, And he will needful help afford,

Shall peaceably the earth possess ;

and those he curses shall not live. to perfect every just design; 6. He'll make, like light, serene and clear, 23 The good man's way is God's delights Thy clouded innocence appear,

Fie orders all the steps aright and as a mid-day sun to shine.

of him that moves by his command; 7 With quiet mind ca God depend, 24 Though he sometimes may be distress'd And patiently for him attend ;

Yet shall be ne'er be quite oppress'd; nor let thy anger fondly rise,

for God upholds him with his hand. Though wicked men with wealth ahound,

25 From my first youth, till age prevail?d, And with success the plots are croin'd I never saw the righteous faild, which they maliciously devise.

or want o'ertake his aumerous race; 8 From anger cease, and wrath forsake ; 26 Because compassion fill'd his heart, Let no ungovern'd passion make And he did cheerfully impart,

thy wavering heart espouse Cheir crime; God made his offspring's wealth increase 9 For God shall sinful men destroy ;

27 With caution shun each wicked deed, Whilst only they the land enjoy,

In virtue's ways with zeal proceed, who trust on him, and wait his time. and so prolong your happy days; 10 How soon shall wicked men decay!

28 For God, who judgment loves, does still Their place shall vanish quite away,

Preserve his saints secure from ill, por by the strictest search be fourd;

while soon the wicked race decays. !! Whilst humble souls possess the earth, 29, 30, 31 The upright shall possess the land Rejoicing still with godly mirth, His portion shall for ages stand; with peace and plenty always crown'd.

bis mouth with wisdom is supply'd;

His tongue hy rules of judgment inoves ; And sure iny grcant hare bech too loud, His heart the law of God approves ;

not to have reach'd thint ear therefore luis footsteps never slide. 10 My heart's oppress'd, my strength de PART IV.

cayou, 32 lo wait the watchful sinner lies, my eyes deprived of light; In vain the righteous to surprise; 11 Friends, lovers, kinsmien gaze aloof in vain his ruin does decree:

on such a dismal sight. 33 God will not him defenceless leave, 12 Meanwhile, the foes that seek

my

life To his revenge exposed, but save;,

their shares to take me set; • and, when he's sentenced, set him free. Vent slanders, and contrive all day 34 Wait still on God; keep his command, to forge some new.deceit: And ihou, exalted in the land,

13 But I, as if both deaf and dumb, thy bless'd possession ne'er shall quit: nor heard, por once reply'd; The wicked soon destroy'a shall be, 14 Quite deaf and dumb, like one whose And at his dismal tragedy

tongue thou shalt a safe spectator sit.

with conscious guilt is ty’d. 35 The wicked I in power have seen, 15 For, Lord, to thee I do appeal, And, like a bay-tree, fresh and green, my innocence to clear;

that spreads its pleasant branches round: Asstired that thou, the righteous God, 36 But he was gone as switt as thought; my injured cause wilt hear. And, though in every place I sought, 16 "Hear me," said I,“ lest my proud foes no sign or track of him I found

a spiteful joy display; 37 Observe the perfect man with care, " Insulting, if they see my

foot And mark all such as upright are;. “but once to go astray.”

their roughest days in peace shall end: 17 And, with continual grief oppress'd, 38 While on the latter end of those to sink I now begin; Who dare God's sacred will

oppose,

18 To thee, O Lord, I will confess, a common ruin shall attend.

to thee bewail my sin. S9 God to the just will aid afford; 19 But whilst I languish, my proud foes Their only safeguard is the Lord; their strength and vigour boast;

their strength in time of necd is he: And they that hate me without cause 40 Because on himn they still depend, are grown a dreadful host. The Lord will timely succour send, 120 Even they whom I obliged, return and from the wicked set them free. my kindness with despite; PSALM 38.

And are my enemies, because

I choose the path that's right THY chastening wrath, O Lord, restrain,

it all

21 Forsake me no!, O Lord my God, Nor let at once on me the storm

nor far from me depart; of thy displeasure fall.

22 Make haste to my relief, 0 thou, 2 Iu every wretched part of me

who my salvation art.
thy arrows deep remain
;

PSALM 39.
Thy heavy hand's afflicting weight
I can ro more sustain.

my waya 3 My flesh is one continued wound,

I kept my tongue in awe; thy wrath so fiercely glows;

I curb'd my hasty words, when I Betwixt my punishment and guilt

the wicked prosperous saw. my bones have no repose.

2 Like one that's duinh, 1 silent stood, 4 My sins, which to a deluge swell, and did my tongue refrain my sinking head o'erflow,

From good discourse; but thai restraint And, for my feeble strength to bear,

increased my inward pain. 100 vast a burden grow.

3 My heart did glow with working thoughts 6 Stench and corruption fill

and no repose coulil take; my folly's just return;

Till strong reflection fann'd ile fire, 6 With trouble I am warp'd and bow'd,

and thus at length 1 spake: and all way long I mourn.

4 Lord, let me know my term of days 7 A loath'd disease afllicts my loin, how soon my life will end : infecting every part;

The numerous train of ills disclose, 8 With sickness worn, I groan and roar

which this frail state attend, tiirough anguish of iny heart. 5 My life, thou kr ow'st, is but a span; PART IL

a cypher sums Diy years; • Bit, Lord, before thy searching eyes

And every man, in hest estate, all my desires appear;

bui vanity appears.

my wounds,

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6 Man, like a shadow, vainly walks, 10 Nor kept within my breast confined with fruitless cares oppress'd;

thy faithfulness and saving grace; He heaps up wealth, but cannot tell But preach'd thy love, for all design'd, by whom twill be possessid.

that all might that, and truth, embrace. 7 Why then should I on worthless toys 11 Then let those mercies I declared with anxious cares attend?

to others, Lord, extend to me;
On thee alcne my steadfast hope Thy loving-kindness my reward,
shall ever, Lord, depend.

thy truth iny safe protection be.
8, 9 Forgive my sins ; nor let me scorna 12 for I with troubles am distress'd,
by foolish sinners be;

too numberless for me to bear;
For I was dumb, and murmur'd not, Nor less with loads of guilt oppressid,
because 'twas done hy thee.

that plunge and sink me to despair.
10 The dreadful burden of thy wrath As soon, alas! nay I recount
in m
soon remove;

the hairs of this aflicted head:
Lest my frail flesh, too weak to bear

My vanquish'd courage they Surinamente. the heavy load should prove.

and fill my drooping soul with 11 For when thou chastenest man for sin,

PART III. thou mak'st his beauty fade,

13 But, Lord, to my relief draw near, (So vain a thing is he like cloth

for never was more pressing need;
by fretting moth decay'd.

In my deliverance, Lord, appear,
12 Lord, hear my cry, accept my tears, and add to that deliverance speed.
and listen to my prayer,

14 Confusion on their heads relurti,
Who sojourn like a stranger bere, who to destroy my soul combine;
as all my fathers were.

Let them, defeated, blush and mourn, 13 O! spare me yet a little time; ensnared in their own vile design. my wasted strength restore,

15 Their doom let desolation be,
Before I vanish quite from hence, with shame their malice be repaid,
and shall be seen no more.

Who mock'd my confidence in thee,
PSALM 40.

and sport of my affliction made.

16 While those who humbly seek thy face, I

till be vouchsafed a kind reply; to joyful triumphs shall be raised; Who did his gracious ear afford,

And all who prize thy saving grace, and heard from heaven my humble cry. with me resound, The Lord be praised. 2 He took me from the dismal pit, 17 Thus, wretched though I am and poor,

when founder'd deep in miry clay; of me th’ Almighty Lord takes care: On solid ground he placed my feet, Thou God, who only canst restore,

and suffer'd not my steps to stray. to my relies with speed repair. 8 The wonders he for me has wrought

PSALM 41. shall fill my mouth with songs of praise; HAPPY the man whose tender care And others, to his worship brought,

relieves the poor distress'd ! to hopes of like deliverance raise. When troubles compass him around, 4 For blessings shall that iu reward, the Lord shall give him rest.

who on th' Almighty Lord relies; 12 The Lord his life, with blessings crown'd, Who treats the proud with disregard, in safety shall prolong;

and hates the hypocrite's disguise. And disappoint the will of those 5 Who can the wondrous works recount that seek to do him wrong.

which thou, O God, for us hast wrought? If he in languishing estate, The treasures of thy love surmount oppress'd with sickness lie;

the powerof numbers,speech and thought. The Lord will easy make his bed, 6 I've learnt that thou hast not desired and inward strength supply. offerings and sacrifice alone;

4 Secure of this, to thee, my God, Nor blood of guiltless beasts required I thus my prayer address'd;

for man's transgression to atone. "Lord, for thy mercy heal my soul, 7 I therefore come come to fulfil " though I have much transgressid."

the oracles thy books impart; 5 My cruel foes, with slanderous words 8 'Tis my delight to do thy will;

attempt to found my fame;
thy law is written in my heart. “When shall he die," say they, “and men
PART IÍ.

6 forget his very name?"
9 In full assemblies I have told 6 Suppose they forral visits make,

thy truth and righteousness at large; Puis all but empty show;
Nor did, thou know'st, my lips withhold They gather mischief in their hearts,

from uttering what thou gav'st in charger and vent it where they go.

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