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from this time forth for ever- O thou that dwellest in the more.

heavens. Psalm cxxii. (0)

2. Behold, even as the eyes of I

servants look unto the hand of was glad when they said unto

their masters, and as the eyes of me : We will go into the “ house of the Lord;

a maiden unto the hand of her mistress : even so our eyes

wait 2. “ Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem.”

upon the Lord our God, until he 3. Jerusalem is built as a city :

have mercy upon us. that is at unity (p) in itself.

3. Have mercy upon us, o 4. For thither the tribes go

Lord, have mercy upon us : for up, even the tribes of the Lord :

we are utterly despised. to testify unto Israel, to give

4. Our soul is filled (r) with thanks unto the Name of the

the scornful reproof of the Lord.

wealthy : and with the despite5. For there is the seat of judge

fulness of the proud. ment : even the seat of the house

Psalm cxxiv. (s) of David.

If the Lord himself had not been 6. O pray for the peace of Je- on our side, now may Israel say : rusalem : they shall prosper that if the Lord himself had not been love thee.

on our side, when men rose up 7. Peace be within thy walls : against us ; and plenteousness within thy

2. They had swallowed us up palaces.

quick : when they were so wrath8. For my brethren and com- fully displeased at us. panion's sakes: I will wish thee

3. Yea, the waters had drowned prosperity.

us : and the stream had gone 9. Yea, because of the house of

over (t) our soul. the Lord our God: I will seek

4. The deep waters of the to do thee good.

proud : had gone even over our Psalm cxxiii. (9)

soul. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes :

5. But praised be the Lord :

(0) A hymn, supposed to have been written by David, and to have been used by the people upon their going up to the public worship at Jerusalem. By the Mosaic law (Exod. xxiii. 17.— Deut. xvi. 16.) three times in a year were all the males to appear before the Lord, in the place which he should choose, (which was afterwards Jerusalem,) viz. at the Feast of the Passover or unleavened bread, at the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, and at the Feast of Tabernacles. The Psalm might also be used again upon the return from the Babylonish captivity:

(p) v. 3. “ At unity,” i. e. “ free from "dissensions ;" where the people are unanimous, of one mind.

(9) An anxious appeal to God in time of great distress. It might be written, either when Sennacherib, king of Assyria, threatened Jerusalem (see 2 Kings xviii

. 17. and Isaiah xxxvi. 2.), or during the Babylonish captivity.

(r) v. 4. “ Filled,” i. e.“ ready to over“ flow, not in a condition to bear more."

(s) A thanksgiving for some signal deliverance, ascribing it to God. Dr. Hammond says, it was appointed to be sung by the Levites after the return from the Babylonish captivity. It is one of the Psalms for the Thanksgiving Days of 29th May, and 5th November.

(t) v. 3, 4. “ Gone over our soul," i, “ put an end to our lives.”

who hath not given us over for a salem : even so standeth the prey unto their teeth.

Lord round about his people, 6. Our soul is escaped even as from this time forth for evera bird out of the snare of the

more. fowler : the snare is broken, and 3. For the (x) rod of the unwe are delivered,

godly cometh not into the (y) lot 7. Our help standeth in the

standeth in the of the righteous : lest the rightName of the Lord : who hath

eous put their hand unto wickedmade heaven and earth.


4. Do well, O Lord : unto Psalm cxxv. (2)

those that are good and true of They that put their trust in heart. the Lord shall be even as the 5. As for such as turn back mount Sion : which may

unto their own wickedness : the be removed, but standeth fast Lord shall lead them forth with

the evil doers; but peace shall be 2. The hills stand about Jeru

for ever.

upon Israel.

(u) Upon God's protection to those who trust in him, and walk in his ways. It is one of the Psalms for 5th November.

(x) v. 3. “ Rod," i. e. either“ domi. “nion," or "punishment." “ Therighteous

shall not come under the rule of the un

“godly: God shall protect the former from
“the sway of the latter ;” or “ the punish-
“ment which falls upon the one shall not

extend unto the other."
(y) “Lot," i. e. “ inheritance, portion,

Lessons for the Twenty-seventh Day of the Month throughout the Year.

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with joy.


2. Except the Lord keep the Psalm cxxvi. (z)

city : the watchman waketh but When the Lord turned again

in vain.

3. It is but lost labour that the captivity of Sion : then were

ye we like unto them that dream. (a)

haste to rise up early, and so late 2. Then was our mouth filled

take rest, and eat the bread of with laughter : and our tongue his beloved sleep.

carefulness : for (h) so he giveth 3. Then said they among the

4. Lo, children and the fruit of heathen : “ The Lord hath done the womb : are an heritage and

gift that cometh of the Lord. “great things for them.”

5. Like as the arrows in the 4. Yea, the Lord hath done

hand of the giant : even so (i) great things for us already : whereof we rejoice.

are the young children. 5. Turn 6. our captivity, 0. his quiver full of them : they

6. Happy is the man that hath Lord : as the rivers in the south.

shall not be ashamed when they 6. They that sow in tears : shall

speak with their enemies in the gate. reap 7. He that now goeth on his

Psalm cxxviii. (K) way weeping, and beareth (c)

and beareth (c) | BLESSED are all they that fear forth good seed : shall doubtless the Lord : and walk in his ways. come again with joy, and bring

2. For thou (1) shalt eat the his sheaves (d) with him.

labours of thine hands : 0 well Psalm cxxvii. (a)

is thee, and happy shalt thou be. Except the Lord build the 3. Thy wife shall be as the house (g) : their labour is but fruitful vine : upon the walls of lost that build it.

thine house ;

in joy.


(z) A spirited song upon the return pression frequently used for “ continuing from the Babylonish captivity. One of a family," and probably so intended the Psalms for 29th May.

here. See Exod. i. 21.- Deut. (a) v. 1. “ Dream,” our joy so great, we

9. Ruth iv. 11.- See also Ps. cxiii. 8. could hardly believe our deliverance real. (k) v. 3. For “so,” or “but,” Parkh. Hebr.

(6) v. 5.“ Turn, &c.” The meaning Dict. 322, 323. The meaning probably is probably is, complete as effectual a change this : human exertion, without God's'as. in us, from misery to joy, as the rivers sistance, is of small avail : they whom effect in the south, the hot and dry coun- God favours can acquire with ease, without tries, by turning them from barrenness to giving up any of their ordinary comforts, plenty

more than others can with the greatest sa(c) v. 7.“ Beareth, &c." i. e. (probably) crifices and labour. "makes a proper use of his adversity, by (i) v. 5.“ Even so, &c." “ adding in the “ turning unto God.”

same way to the Father's powers," or (d) “Bring his sheaves, &c.” Proba- “ taking what direction he thinks fit to bly a proverbial expression to denote great “ give them; instruments in his hand to joy, as in Isaiah ix. 3. “ they joy before “ execute his purposes or receive his in:thee according to the joy in harvest.“ pulse, as arrows in a giant's hand.”

(e) Upon the vanity and inefficacy of (k) Upon the blessings of those who human attempts without God's assist- fear God; supposed to have been sung at ance. One of the Psalms appointed to the marriages of the Israelites. be read at the Churching of Women. (l) v. 2. “ Thou," i. e. “ whoever thou (g) 0. 1. “ Build the house." An ex- “ art that fearest God, &c."

upon Israel.

4. Thy children like the olive that bindeth up the sheaves, his branches : round about thy table. bosom.

5. Lo, thus shall the man be 8. So that they, who go by, blessed: that feareth the Lord.

say not so much as, “ The Lord 6. The Lord from out of Sion

prosper you :

we wish you shall so bless thee : that thou shalt “good luck in the Name of the see Jerusalem in prosperity all

« Lord.” thy life long;

Psalm cxxx. (P) 17. Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children and peace Out of the deep (9) have I

called unto thee, O Lord : Lord,

hear my voice. ' Psalm cxxix. (m)

2. 0 let thine ears consider

well : the voice of my complaint. Many a time have they fought 3. If thou, Lord, wilt be exagainst me from my youth up : treme to mark what is done may Israel now say;

amiss: O Lord, who may abide it? 2. Yea, many a time have they

4. For there is mercy with vexed me from my youth up : thee : therefore shalt thou be but they have not prevailed feared. (r) against me.

5. I look for the Lord; my 3. The plowers (n) plowed upon soul doth wait for him : in his my back : and made long fur

word is my trust. rows.

6. My soul fleeth unto the 4. But the righteous Lord :

Lord : before the morning watch, hath hewn the snares of the

I say, before the morning watch. ungodly in pieces.

7. O Israel, trust in the Lord; 5. Let them be confounded and for with the Lord there is mercy: turned backward : as many as and with him is plenteous rehave evil will at Sion.

demption. 6. Let them be even as the

8. And he shall redeem Israel: grass growing upon the house

from all his sins. (s) tops : which withereth afore it be plucked up;

Psalm cxxxi. (t) 7. Whereof (c) the mower fill- | Lord, I am not high-minded : eth not his hand : neither he, I have no proud looks.

(m) A thankful acknowledgment to God Psalms, and appointed for Ash-Wednesfor past deliverance, and an imprecation day. against future adversaries.

(9) v. 1. “ The deep," i. e. “ the ex(n) v. 3. “ Plowers, &c." A figurative “ treme of distress." expression, to mark the sufferings they (r) v. 4. “ Feared," i. e. “ reverenced, had undergone.

“ worshipped." (0) v. 7. “ Whereof, &c.” “ which is so (s) v. 8. “ Sins," i. e. (probably) “af“ worthless, that no one gives himself the “ dictions," sent as punishments for sin. “ trouble to gather it.”

(t) A profession of humility. This Psalm (p) An earnest prayer for deliverance ; was (probably) used after the return from concluding confidently that it would be

the captivity, to remind the Jews of their granted. It is one of the seven Penitential own weakness without God's assistance.

for me;

2. I do not exercise myself in 3. " I will not come within the great matters : which are too high “ tabernacle of mine house : nor

“ climb up into my bed ; 3. But I refrain my soul, and 4. “ I will not suffer mine eyes keep it low, like as a child that is “ to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to weaned (u) from his mother : “ slumber : neither the temples yea, my soul is even as (r) a “ of my head to take any rest; weaned child.

5. « Until I find out a place 4. O Irael, trust in the Lord : “ for the temple (a) of the Lord : from this time forth for evermore. “ an habitation for the mighty

" God of Jacob.”

6. Lo, we heard of the same at MORNING PRAYER. Ephrata (6): and found it in the

wood. Psalm cxxxii. (y)

7. We will go into his taberLORD, remember David : and all nacle : and fall low on our knees his trouble (2);

before his footstool. 2. How he sware unto the 8. (c) Arise, O Lord, into thy Lord : and vowed a vow unto the resting-place : thou, and the ark Almighty God of Jacob;

of thy strength.

(u) v. 3. “ Weaned," and therefore low and of hundreds, and with every leader, or depressed; because deprived of food and proposed to all the congregation of it likes and is accustomed to, and driven Israel, to send abroad to their brethren to what it does not like, and to which it is everywhere in all the land of Israel, and to not accustomed.

the priests and Levites in their cities and (x) “ Even as, &c." i. e. “ as low, as suburbs, to gather themselves together, "much cast down.”

to bring again the ark of God unto them. (y) A hymn and prayer, upon some re- (See 1 Chron. xiii. 1, 2, 3.) This was near moval of the ark; perhaps, upon its be- 100 years after the Philistines had taken ing carried to Solomon's temple. See the ark, and David might therefore at 2 Chron. v. It notices David's anxiety first have some difficulty in finding out either to discover the ark, or to fix upon where the ark was. This therefore is a place for receiving it; prays for God's (probably) what is here meant by his favour for David's sake, mentions God's « trouble." oath unto David, and his blessing upon (a) v. 5. For“ a place for the temple," Sion. It is one of the proper Psalms for and “ an habitation for," the reading Christmas Day.

should perhaps be, “ the place of the (z) v. 1. “ His trouble," i. e. (probably) “ tabernacle,” and “the habitation of.” " the pains he took to find where the ark What they heard of at Ephrata, and " was, to bring it up to Jerusalem, and to found in the wood, (as in verse 6.) was pro" prepare a place for it there." It was bably the place where the ark then was, taken by the Philistines in Eli's time. (See not the place where it was to be. 1 Sam. iv. 11. 22.) The Philistines sent it (6) v. 6.“ Ephrata," a district in Judea, about from place to place, till the men of within which, probably, Kirjathjearim and Kirjathjearim (which belonged to Judah, Jerusalem both lay. 1 Chron. xiii. 5, 6.) fetched it up from (c) v. 8, 9, 10. The conclusion of SoloBethshemesh, (1 Sam. vii. 1.) It remained mon's prayer at the consecration of the at Kirjathjearim 20 years, and all the temple is nearly in the words of these house of Israel lamented after the Lord, verses, (2 Chron. vi. 40, 41.) “ Now there(1 Sam. vii. 2.) No inquiry was made at it “ fore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting during the days of Saul, (i Chron. xiii. 3.) “place, thou and the ark of thy strength : When David was king over all Israel, he Let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed consulted with the captains of thousands “ with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice

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