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PSALM CXXVIII.

1 HAPPY every one, who reverenceth JEHOVAH— Who walketh in His ways!

2 Truly, thou shalt eat the labour of thy hands;
O happy thou! yea, well it is with thee!
3 Thy wife shall be, as a fruitful vine,

In the inner chambers of thy house;
Thy children, as young olive plants,
Round about thy table!

4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed, Who reverenceth JEHOVAH !

5 JEHOVAH shall bless thee, out of Sion!

And thou shalt see the prosperity of Jerusalem,
All the days of thy life!

6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children!

May peace be upon Israel!

PSALM CXXIX.

1 "GREATLY have they afflicted me, from my youth"May Israel now say:

2 "Greatly have they afflicted me, from my youth;

"Yet have they not prevailed over me.

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4 JEHOVAH is righteous!

"He hath cut asunder the bands of the wicked!"

5 May all, who hate Sion,

Be put to shame and driven backward!

6 May they be as grass, upon the roof of the house, Which, before it is plucked up, withereth—

7 With which the mower filleth not his hand, Nor he, who bindeth the sheaves, his bosom !

8 Nor do those, who pass by, say:

"The blessing of JEHOVAH be upon you!"
"We bless you, in the Name of JEHOVAH!"

PSALM CXXX.

1 OUT of the depths do I call upon Thee, O JEHOVAH!

2 Lord! hearken to my voice!

Let Thine ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplication!

3 If Thou, JEHOVAH! shouldest treasure up transgressions, O Lord! who could stand?

3 They have drawn &c.-i.e. Mine enemies have, as it were, inflicted stripes upon me.

6 grass-This, when come to maturity, was usually mowed, but sometimes, was plucked up for the use of cattle.

7 filleth not &c.-i. e. the wicked shall not arrive at maturity. Opposed to this description of the premature fate of the wicked is the following "Thou shalt come to thy passage, grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." Job v. 26.

8 Nor do &c.-Nor is the usual salutation, in the time of harvest, heard. "And, behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee." Ruth ii. 4.

CXXX.

This Psalm was probably written during the pressure of some heavy national calamity.

3 treasure up-i. e. in Thy memory to visit them upon the offender afterwards.

4 But with Thee there is forgiveness,

Therefore shalt Thou be had in reverence.

5 I place my hope in JEHOVAH,

My soul placeth her hope in Him,

Yea, I wait in confidence for His promise.

6 My soul waiteth for the Lord,

More earnestly than watchmen for the morning-
Than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 O Israel! wait in confidence for JEHOVAH !
For with JEHOVAH is loving-kindness,
Yea, with Him is plenteous redemption!

8 HE will redeem Israel

From all his iniquities!

PSALM CXXXI.

IO JEHOVAH! my heart is not proud,
Nor are my looks lofty.

I do not exercise myself in great matters,
Yea, in matters, too difficult for me.

2 Of a truth, I compose and quiet my desires.
As is a weaned child unto its mother-
As the weaned child, are my desires unto me.

3 O Israel! wait in confidence for JEHOVAH, Henceforth, even for evermore!

4 Compare Ps. LXV. 2, 3.

5 His promise-of deliverance. 6 watchmen &c.-The persons here referred to were probably the officers appointed to watch for the first opening of day, in order that the services of the temple might be duly and punctually performed.

8 From all his iniquities-i. e. from

the punishment due to them.
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1 proud-Heb. high.

2 As a mother removes from her the child who is to be weaned, so do I put from me the desire which I ought to subdue.

my desires-Heb. my soul.

PSALM CXXXII.

1 O JEHOVAH! remember, in favour of David,

All his trouble;

2 How he sware unto JEHOVAH,

And made a vow unto the Mighty One of Jacob:

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3 I will not enter into my house;

"I will not go up to my bed;

4" I will not allow sleep to mine eyes,

"Nor slumber to my eyelids;

5 "Until I shall have found a place for JEHOVAH—
"A habitation for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6 Behold, we heard of it, at Ephrathah;
We found it, in the fields of Jaar.

7 "Let us enter into His dwelling-place! "Let us bow down at His footstool!

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Arise, JEHOVAH! and enter into Thy resting-place—

THOU, and the ark of Thy might!

9 Let Thy priests be clothed in righteousness, "And Thy pious worshippers sing aloud."

CXXXII.

1 his trouble-i. e. his anxious care in bringing up the ark of God, and providing a place in which it might be safely deposited. "And David consulted with the captains......and David said unto all the congregation

.Let us send abroad unto our brethren every where........and let us bring again the ark of our God to us.' 1 Chron. xiii. 1-3.

3 my house-Heb. the tabernacle of my house.

6 heard of it-i. e. of the ark. This probably refers to some event not recorded in the history of the Bible.

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up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it." 1 Chron. xiii. 6.

8 Arise, Jehovah-In the journeying of the Israelites through the desert, this verse was part of the form of words used whenever the ark was carried forward. Solomon adopted! it at the consecration of the temple. "Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting-place, thou, and the ark of thy strength." 2 Chron. vi. 41. Compare Ps. LXviii. 1. Note.

and enter into-Heb. into. See Ps. vii. 5. Note 1.

9 be clothed This expression is used with reference to the ornaments worn by the priests during their ministration. "I will greatly rejoice in

10 For the sake of David, Thy servant, Reject not the prayer of Thine anointed.

11 JEHOVAH hath sworn in truth unto David;

He will not depart therefrom:

"Of the fruit of thy body, will I set upon thy throne! 12 "If thy children shall keep My covenant,

"And the testimony, which I shall teach them; "Their children also, for ever,

"Shall sit upon thy throne!"

13 Of a truth, JEHOVAH hath chosen Sion;

He hath desired her, for a habitation for Himself:

14 This is My resting-place for ever;

"Here will I dwell, for I have desired her. 15" I will surely bless her provisions;

"Her poor will I satisfy with bread;

16 "Her priests also will I clothe with salvation,

"And her pious worshippers shall sing aloud for joy. 17 "There will I cause the horn of David to flourish; "I will prepare a lamp for Mine anointed.

18 "His enemies will I clothe with shame;

"But upon himself, shall his crown shine brightly.”

the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isai. Lxi. 10. Compare also Ps. xxix. 2. Note 2.

10 Reject not the prayer-Heb. Turn not away Thy face. "O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant." 2 Chron. vi. 42. 11 Of the fruit of thy body. i. e. Thy descendants.

16 Expressions similar to these are

recorded (2 Chron. vi. 41.) as having been used by Solomon, at the dedication of the temple.

17 the horn-Compare Ps. xviii. 2. Note.

- a lamp-This is an emblem of splendour and prosperity (see Ps. xviii. 28). Allusion is also made to the lamp in the tabernacle, which was to be kept always burning (Exod. xxvii. 20.), and an assurance is thus given that the family of David would never be extinguished. In the Messiah, who was "made of the seed of David according to the flesh," were these promises, in their fullest extent, completed.

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