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5 Offer righteous sacrifices,

And put your trust in JEHOVAH.

6 Many say: "O that we might see prosperity!"
JEHOVAH! lift up the light of Thy countenance upon us!

7 THOU hast put gladness into my heart

Above theirs, when their corn and their new wine abound. 8 I lie down in peace, and fall asleep at once,

Because Thou, JEHOVAH!—

THOU alone makest me to dwell securely.

PSALM V.

1 GIVE ear unto my words, JEHOVAH !

Consider my sighing;

2 Hearken to the voice of my cry, my King and my God! For unto Thee do I pray.

3 JEHOVAH ! every morning Thou hearest my voice,

Every morning do I prepare for thy service, and watch.

the preserving of the mind unruffled by ambitious projects.

5 Offer &c.—and think not to propitiate the Almighty by sacrifices offered without purity of intention. 6 Many-probably these were desponding followers of David.

O that we &c.-Heb. who will cause us to see good.

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lift up &c.-regard us with favour. Compare Ps. LXXX. 3. 7. 19.

7 Thou hast &c.-This is said under a firm conviction that the foregoing prayer would be granted.

- gladness Above theirs &c.—Heb. gladness above the time their &c. "They joy before Thee according to the joy in harvest." Isai. ix. 3.

8 In peace of mind, however harassed by the multitude and violence of my enemies.-"The work of

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4 For Thou art not a God delighting in wickedness,
A wicked man doth not sojourn with Thee.
5 Presumptuous men stand not before Thine eyes,
THOU hatest all the workers of iniquity.

6 THOU destroyest those, who speak lies;

JEHOVAH abhorreth the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, through Thine abundant mercy

I enter Thy House;

I bow down at Thy holy Temple,

In reverential fear of Thee.

8 JEHOVAH! guide me, for Thy righteousness' sake; Because of those who watch me,

Make plain Thy path before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth,
All within them is mischief;

Their throat is an opened sepulchre,
With their tongue they speak smoothly.

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classes of habitual transgressors above
described, yet conscious of frailty and
sin (see Ps. cxLiii. 2.) he places his re-
liance solely upon the mercy of God.
7 I enter-i. e. I am wont to enter.
8 watch me.-i. e. watch my steps,
ready to take advantage of me if I
should stumble or fall. "All my
familiars watched for my halting,
saying, Peradventure he will be en-
ticed, and we shall prevail against
him, and we shall take our revenge
on him." Jer. xx. 10. Compare Ps.
xxvii. 11. Ps. xxxv. 15. Ps. Lvi. 6.

Thy path-i. e. the path which
Thou hast appointed for me. See
Ps. xxxii. 8.

9 All within &c.—Heb. Their inward part (is) mischiefs.

Their throat &c.-i. e. The words, to which they give utterance, lead to sure destruction. The sepul

10 O God! deal with them, as guilty,

Let them fail in their designs;

For their many transgressions cast them out,
Because they have rebelled against Thee.

11 But let all, who take refuge with Thee, rejoice,

Let them ever shout for joy, because Thou protectest them;
Yea, let those, who love Thy Name, exult in Thee.

12 Because Thou, JEHOVAH! dost bless the righteous,
And encompass him with Thy favour, as with a shield.

PSALM VI.

1 JEHOVAH! rebuke me not in Thine anger,
Chastise me not in the heat of Thy wrath.
2 Be gracious unto me, JEHOVAH! for I am weak;
Heal me, JEHOVAH! for my bones tremble,

3 My spirit also is greatly agitated.

But Thou, JEHOVAH !— -how long?

4 Turn, JEHOVAH! rescue my life, Save me according to Thy mercy.

chre, actually opened for the purpose of receiving its tenant, does not indicate that death has taken place more clearly than the opening of the mouth of the wicked indicates mischief and perdition. The same image is employed by Jeremiah v. 16. "Their quiver is as an open (opened) sepulchre," where the Prophet represents that the opening of this quiver, to take from it an arrow, is an act as intimately and certainly connected with death, as is the preparing and opening of the grave for the admission of the dead.

10 deal &c.-See Ps. Lxix. 27.

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5 For in death there is no remembrance of Thee;

In the regions of the departed, who shall celebrate Thy praise?

6 I am wearied with my groaning;

Every night do I deluge my pillow-
Do I water my couch with my tears.
7 Mine eye wasteth away through vexation,
It groweth stiff because of all mine enemies.

8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity!
For JEHOVAH hath heard my wailing;

9 JEHOVAH hath heard my supplication, JEHOVAH accepteth my prayer.

10 All mine enemies shall be ashamed and greatly confounded, They shall go back, they shall, in a moment, be put to shame.

PSALM VII.

1 JEHOVAH, my God! with Thee do I take refuge.
Save me from all my persecutors and deliver me;

2 Lest they, like a lion, tear me in pieces,
While there is no one to rescue, no one to deliver.

3 JEHOVAH, my God! if I have done this

If there be iniquity in my hands—

5 "For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee &c.: the living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day &c." Isai. Xxxviii. 18, 19. In these and similar passages, occurring in the sacred poetry of the Hebrews, the gloomy mansions of departed spirits are represented as utterly unsuited to the voice of joy and praise. "Life and immortality" had not yet been clearly "brought to light through the Gospel.". Compare Ps. xxx. 9. LXXXViii. 10, 11, 12. cxv. 17. Compare also Ecclus. xvii. 27, 28. Baruch ii. 17.

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10 O God! deal with them, as guilty,

Let them fail in their designs;

For their many transgressions cast them out,
Because they have rebelled against Thee.

11 But let all, who take refuge with Thee, rejoice,

Let them ever shout for joy, because Thou protectest them;
Yea, let those, who love Thy Name, exult in Thee.

12 Because Thou, JEHOVAH! dost bless the righteous,
And encompass him with Thy favour, as with a shield.

PSALM VI.

1 JEHOVAH! rebuke me not in Thine anger,
Chastise me not in the heat of Thy wrath.
2 Be gracious unto me, JEHOVAH! for I am weak;
Heal me, JEHOVAH! for my bones tremble,

3 My spirit also is greatly agitated.

But Thou, JEHOVAH! -how long?

4 Turn, JEHOVAH! rescue my life, Save me according to Thy mercy.

chre, actually opened for the purpose of receiving its tenant, does not indicate that death has taken place more clearly than the opening of the mouth of the wicked indicates mischief and perdition. The same image is employed by Jeremiah v. 16. "Their quiver is as an open (opened) sepulchre," where the Prophet represents that the opening of this quiver, to take from it an arrow, is an act as intimately and certainly connected with death, as is the preparing and opening of the grave for the admission of the dead.

10 deal &c.-See Ps. Lxix. 27.

10 fail in Heb. fall from. cast them out-i. e. banish them from Thy presence.

VI.

1 chastise &c.-The awful effects of the chastisement which the Psalmist here deprecates are enlarged upon Ezek. v. 15, 16, 17.

2 my bones-i. e. my entire frame. tremble-Heb. are agitated.

3 how long-i. e. how long wilt Thou continue to turn away Thy face?

4 Turn &c.-Thy face towards me. Compare Ps. Lxxx. 14.

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