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inftrumentis refertâ, amiffæ. præfat. Mai-
monidis in More Nevochim. a J. Buxtorfió.

A feries of texts which serve as a key and
manuduction, to the subjects of this Pfalm,
of all the prophets, and of the whole gof-
pel fulfilled in Jefus Chrift.

The myftic fenfe of facred writ fupported
by these paffages, and revealed to those;
whom the wife contemn. Matt. xiii. 35. I
will open my mouth in parables: I will utter
things concealed from the foundation of the
world. These words are transferred from
Pfalm lxxviii. 2.-Matt. xi. 25. I thank
thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou haft hid these things from the
wife and prudent, and haft revealed them un-
to babes. Even fo, father, for thus it seemed
good in thy fight. See Luke x. 21. and Isa.
xix. 14.

1 Cor. i. 19, 20. You fee your calling;
rethren, how that not many wife after the
efh, not many mighty, not many noble; but
God hath chofen the foolish things of the
world to confound the wife; and the weak

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PREFACE.

HE character and Pfalms of this royal prophet, David, have been much of

late infulted and mocked on account of the curfes, and imprecations of judgments on the heads of his enemies. Voltaire in particular has emptied the shaft of his envenomed arrows against him, and triumphs with a petulant malignity of wit and sarcasm for thofe paffages in the Pfalms, which declare only the law of retaliation, of evil for evil; of meting out to the cruel and unmerciful, to the blood-thirsty and inhuman, an adequate measure of just vengeance; beyond which, the wrath of God in his own theocracy, as judge and avenger, never extended; nor ever infinuated any further feverity, than to make the ftubborn and obftinate finners fee their wicked deeds, falling back upon their own heads; and that the pits, and fnares, which they had digged for others, fhould catch their own feet. What man of fober

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