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7 Repose upon JEHOVAH, and wait patiently for Him. Be not angry with him, whose way doth prosperWith the man, who effecteth his wicked devices.

8 Cease from anger, and abandon wrath;

Be not angry, so as to do evil.

9 For the wicked shall be cut off;

But those, who wait for JEHOVAH, shall possess the land.

10 Yet a little while, and the wicked man is no more! When thou shalt survey his place, he shall not be found! 11 But the meek shall possess the land,

And have delight in abundance of prosperity.

12 The wicked man deviseth evil against the righteous, And gnasheth his teeth at him.

13 The Lord laugheth at him,

For He seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked draw their sword,

And bend their bow,

To cast down the afflicted and the needy

To slay those, who walk in the path of rectitude.

15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,

And their bows shall be broken.

16 Better is the little, which the righteous hath, Than the substance of many wicked men.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; But JEHOVAH upholdeth the righteous.

18 JEHOVAH taketh account of the days of the upright, And their inheritance abideth for ever.

8 so as to do evil-Heb. but to do evil.

13 his day-i. e. the day of his punishment. Compare Ps. cxxxvii.

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14 those who &c.-Heb. the upright of way.

18 taketh account-i. e. taketh care that there is no diminution of their full number.

19 They shall not be put to shame, in the time of calamity; And in the days of famine, they shall be satisfied.

20 Truly, the wicked shall perish,

Yea, the enemies of JEHOVAH ;

Like the fat of lambs, shall they be consumed

Be consumed, and vanish as smoke!

21 The wicked man borroweth, and doth not repay; But the righteous man is merciful and liberal.

22 For those, who are blessed of Him, shall possess the land, And those, who are cursed of Him, shall be cut off.

23 By JEHOVAH are the steps of a man established, When his way is pleasing unto Him.

24 When he is falling, he shall not be thrown headlong, For JEHOVAH Upholdeth him with His hand.

25 I have been young, and I am grown old;

And I have never seen the righteous man forsaken,
Nor his seed begging for bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth;
And his seed shall be blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good;

So shalt thou dwell in the land for ever.

28 For JEHOVAH loveth equity,

And He forsaketh not His pious worshippers.

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I am like a dumb man, who doth not open his mouth.

14 Yea, I am as a man, who doth not hear,

And in whose mouth are no upbraidings.

15 For I wait with confidence for Thee, O JEHOVAH ! THOU wilt answer, O Lord my God!

16 Truly, I have said:

"Let them not rejoice over me!"

They magnify themselves against me,
When my foot is moved.

17 For I am ready to fall,

And my pain is ever present to me.

18 For I confess mine iniquity,

I am in fear, by reason of my sin.

19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty,

Yea, many are those, who hate me wrongfully,

20 Even those, who repay evil for good

Who hate me, in return for my seeking their good!

21 Forsake me not, O JEHOVAH !

O my God! be not far from me;

Hasten to mine aid, O Lord, my Salvation!

PSALM XXXIX.

1 I SAID: "I will take heed to my ways,
"That I offend not with my tongue.
"I will keep a check upon my mouth,
"While the wicked man is before me."

17 ready to fall-Compare Psalm xxxv. 15.

20 their good-Heb. good. See Ps. xxxv. 13. and Note.

XXXIX.

The Psalmist, suffering under the afflicting hand of God, resolves to be entirely silent in the presence of the wicked, lest by any expression of impatience he should give them occasion

of triumph. He consoles himself, however, with the reflection that all the miseries of this life must shortly come to an end; praying at the same time that God would be graciously pleased at once to remit his punishment, and thus enable him to proclaim His mercy and justify the dealings of His Providence.

1 a check-Heb. a gag or muzzle.

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2 I was altogether dumb; I held my peace from good and bad;

But my pain was increased.

3 My heart was hot within me,

Through my sighing the fire kindled;

I spake with my tongue:

4" O JEHOVAH! cause me to bear in mind mine end,
"And how short is the measure of my days;
"Let me bear in mind how frail I am."

5 Behold, Thou hast made my days a span long, And my life is as nothing in Thy sight!

Truly, man in his firmest state is altogether vanity!

6 Of a truth, man departeth, as a shadow,

Of a truth, he disquieteth himself in vain;

He pileth up heaps, and knoweth not who shall use them.

7 And now, for what do I wait, O Lord? My hope is in Thee.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions, Make me not the reproach of the wicked. 9 I am dumb, I open not my mouth, Because Thou hast done it.

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13 As for me, like a deaf man, I hear not;

I am like a dumb man, who doth not open his mouth.

14 Yea, I am as a man, who doth not hear,

And in whose mouth are no upbraidings.

15 For I wait with confidence for Thee, O JEHOVAH! THOU wilt answer, O Lord my God!

16 Truly, I have said:

"Let them not rejoice over me!"

They magnify themselves against me,
When my foot is moved.

17 For I am ready to fall,

And my pain is ever present to me. 18 For I confess mine iniquity,

I am in fear, by reason of my sin.

19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty,

Yea, many are those, who hate me wrongfully,

20 Even those, who repay evil for good

Who hate me, in return for my seeking their good!

21 Forsake me not, O JEHOVAH!

O my God! be not far from me;

Hasten to mine aid, O Lord, my Salvation!

PSALM XXXIX.

1 I SAID: "I will take heed to my ways,
"That I offend not with my tongue.
"I will keep a check upon my mouth,
"While the wicked man is before me."

17 ready to fall-Compare Psalm xxxv. 15.

20 their good-Heb. good. See Ps. xxxv. 13. and Note.

XXXIX.

The Psalmist, suffering under the afflicting hand of God, resolves to be entirely silent in the presence of the wicked, lest by any expression of impatience he should give them occasion

of triumph. He consoles himself, however, with the reflection that all the miseries of this life must shortly come to an end; praying at the same time that God would be graciously pleased at once to remit his punishment, and thus enable him to proclaim His mercy and justify the dealings of His Providence.

1 a check-Heb. a gag or muzzle.

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