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I answered thee in thunder deep

With clouds encompass'd round;
I tried thee at the water steep

Of Meribah renown'd.
8 Hear, O my people, hearken well,

I testify to thee,
Thou ancient stock of Israel,

If thou wilt list to me,
9 Throughout the land of thy abode

No alien God shall be,
Nor shalt thou to a foreign God

In honour bend thy knee.
10 I am the Lord thy God which brought

Thee out of Egypt land;
Ask large enough, and I, besought,

Will grant thy full demand.
11 And yet my people would not hear,

Nor hearken to my voice;
And Israel, whom I lov'd so dear,

Mislik'd me for his choice.
12 Then did I leave them to their will,

And to their wand'ring mind;
Their own conceits they follow'd still,

Their own devices blind.
13 O that my people would be wise,

To serve me all their days,
And O that Israel would advise

To walk my righteous ways.
14 Then would I soon bring down their foes,

That now so proudly rise,




• Be Sether regnam.


And turn my hand against all those

That are their enemies.
15 Who hate the Lord should then be fain

To bow to him and bend,
But they, his people, should remain,

Their time should have no end.
16 And he would feed them from the shock

With flow'r of finest wheat,
And satisfy them from the rock

With honey for their meat.





1 GOD in the great e assembly stands

Of kings and lordly states,
*Among the Gods, f on both his hands

He judges and debates.
2 How long will ye 6 pervert the right

With 8 judgment false and wrong,
Favouring the wicked by your might,
Who thence


bold and strong? 3 " Regard the weak and fatherless, + Dispatch the


man's cause, And 'raise the man in deep distress

By just and equal laws.
4 Defend the poor and desolate,

And rescue from the hands
Of wicked men the low estate

Of him that help demands.

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5 They know not, nor will understand,

In darkness they walk on,
The earth's foundations all are * mov'd,

And k out of order gone.
6 I said that ye were Gods, yea

all The sons of God most high ; 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall 7

As other princes die.
8 Rise God, 'judge thou the earth in might,

This wicked earth ' redress,
For thou art he who shalt by right

The nations all possess.


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Psalm LXXXIII. 1 BE not thou silent now at length,

O God, hold not thy peace,
Sit thou not still, O God of strength,

and do not cease.
2 For, lo, thy furious foes now a swell,

And storm outrageously,
And they that hate thee proud and fell

Exalt their heads full high.
3 Against thy people they contrive

• Their plots and counsels deep,
p Them to insnare they chiefly strive,

9 Whom thou dost hide and keep. 4 Come let us cut them off, say they,

Till they no nation be,



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That Israel's name for ever may

Be lost in memory.
5 For they consult " with all their might,

And all as one in mind
Themselves against thee they unite,

And in firm union bind.
6 The tents of Edom, and the brood

Of scornful Ishmael,
Moab, with them of Hagar's blood,

That in the desert dwell,
7 Gebal and Ammon there conspire,

And hateful Amalec,
The Philistines, and they of Tyre,

Whose bounds the sea doth check.' 8 With them great Ashur also bands

And doth confirm the knot :
All these have lent their armed hands

To aid the sons of Lot.
9 Do to them as to Midian bold,

That wasted all the coast,
To Sisera, and as is told

Thou didst to Jabin's host,
When at the brook of Kishon old

They were repuls'd and slain, 10 At Endor quite cut off, and rollid

As dung upon the plain. 11 As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,

So let their princes speed,




Lev jachdau.

21. - rood.] Race. So above, And Ode F.Inf. “ That heavenly Ps. iv. 27. “ This world's brood." « brood.T. Warton.




As Zeba, and Zalmunna bled,

So let their princes bleed.
12 For they amidst their pride have said,

By right now shall we seize
God's houses, and will now invade

Their stately palaces.
13 My God, oh make them as a wheel,

No quiet let them find,
Giddy and restless let them reel

Like stubble from the wind.
14 As when an aged wood takes fire

Which on a sudden strays,
The greedy flame runs higher and higher

Till all the mountains blaze,
15 So with thy whirlwind them pursue,

And with thy tempest chase ; 16 • And till they + yield thee honour due;

Lord, fill with shame their face. 17 Asham'd, and troubled let them be,

Troubled and sham'd for ever,
Ever confounded, and so die
With shame, and scape

it never.
18 Then shall they know that thou, whose name

Jehovah is alone,
Art the most high, and thou the same

O'er all the earth art one.



PSALM LXXXIV. i How lovely are thy dwellings fair !

O Lord of Hosts, how dear

s Neoth Elohim bears both,


* They seek thy name. Heb.

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