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23 Thou shalt guide me with 17:16 thy counsel and after that re49:15 ceive me with glory.



24 Whom have I in heaven but 48:13 thee: and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.

119:28 25 My flesh and my heart 16:6 18:1 faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for

23:4 119:57 142:6


89:31,32 26 For lo, they that forsake 119:53 thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.

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27 But it is good for me to 31:1 hold me fast by God, to put my 78:4 trust in the Lord GOD: and to 145:5-7, speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.


Rom. Maun. Thur.; vv. 1-3, 22, 23, Palm Sun. N. Hy. 448.


Ut quid, Deus?

44:10,24 77:7-9

O GOD, wherefore art thou ab89:38-45 sent from us so long: why is thy 79:5,14 wrath so hot against the sheep of

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thy pasture?

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2 O think upon thy congrega

77:15 tion: whom thou hast purchased,


136:24 and redeemed of old.

3 Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance and Mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

4 Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every enemy: which hath done evil in thy sanctuary.


5 Thine adversaries roar in the


23 And afterward receive me to glory. "Were I in heaven without my God, 'Twould be no joy to me; And while this earth is mine abode, I long for none but Thee."-Watts. "What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" Phil. 3:7, 8.

25 See Lam. 3:22-24.

26 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish; thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. Verse 18.

27 Lit. And as for me, nearness of God to me is good; I have made in the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works. Verse 22.


A Song of Asaph for Instruction.

Probably written after the devastations of the Babylonish conquerors.

Prayer for the deliverance of God's chosen people from their enemies.


I O GOD, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!" Lam. 2:1.

2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old.

3 Lit. Which thou hast ransomed to be the tribe of thy possession, (and) Mount Zion wherein thou hast dwelt.

4 Lit. Lift up thy feet unto the everlasting ruins! (i. e. visit our desolation). The enemy hath destroyed everything in the sanctuary. "Hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary, that is desolate " Dan. 9:17.

Ravages of the Enemy. vv. 5-10.

5 Lit. They have set up their ensigns for signs, (i. e. their military standards as symbols of their religion). Verse 10.

23 Collect for Fourth Sunday after Easter. 25 Strength, K. J. (marg.) rock. 27 "In the gates of the daughter of Sion;" these words are not in the Hebrew, but are first found in the Greek version. See Ps. 9:14. GOD, Heb. JEHOVAH.

Ps. LXXIV. Title. Asaph; see Ps. 50, title, n. Instruction, Heb. Maschil.

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midst of thy congregations: and
set up
their banners for tokens.
6 He that hewed timber afore
out of the thick trees: was known
to bring it to an excellent work.

7 But now they break down all
the carved work thereof: with
axes and hammers.


8 They have set fire upon thy holy places: and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.

9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havoc of them altogether thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land. 10 We see not our tokens; there is not one prophet more: no, not one is there among us, that understandeth any more.


13:1 II O God, how long shall the 44:17 adversary do this dishonour : 79:4 how long shall the enemy blaspheme thy Name? for ever?

12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?


13 For God is my King of old: 44:3-5 the help that is done upon earth, he doeth it himself.


66:5 14 Thou didst divide the sea 78:14 through thy power: thou break136:13 est the heads of the dragons in


the waters.

15 Thou smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces: and gavest him to be meat for the people in the wilderness.


"They have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast" Lam. 2:7.

6 Lit. It seemed as though one lifted up on high axes in the thickets of the wood.

7 See Jer. 52:17-23. 6-7

"Each warrior counts it fame to wield
His lifted axe, as woodman skill'd
To rend his way thro' forest deep:
So rudely on her traceries fall
Their shivering blows; they perish all
By mace and hatchet's wasteful sweep."


8 "They burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof " 2 Chr. 36:19.

9 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together. "Ánd burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire" Jer. 52:13.


10 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. Verse 5. Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD " Lam. 2:9. "Then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients" Ezek. 7:26.

Appeal for help. vv.11-12.

II O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Verses 19,23.

12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? Lit. (Pluck it) out of thy bosom, destroy (the enemy). Historical and Natural displays of God's power. vv. 13-18.

13 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.


14 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?" Is. 51:9, 10.

7 But; better, and. 9 Houses; lit. places of assembly. (Lam. 2:6.) 14 Dragons; i. e. sea-monsters, a symbolical description of the Egyptians. (Ezek. 29:3.) 15 Heads, i. e. princes, Leviathan; i. e. the crocodile, signifying Egypt. People in the wilderness; i. e. the wild beasts.

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16 Thou broughtest out fountains and waters out of the hard rocks: thou driedst up mighty


17 The day is thine, and the night is thine : thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

18. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.


19 Remember this, O LORD, 137:7,8 how the enemy hath rebuked: and how the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Name.



20 O deliver not the soul of 72:4 thy turtle-dove unto the multitude of the enemies and forget not the congregation of the poor for


106:44 21 Look upon the covenant : 73:6 for all the earth is full of darkness, and cruel habitations.

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22 O let not the simple go away 35:10 ashamed: but let the poor and 12,13 needy give praise unto thy Name. 23 Arise, O God, maintain 14:1 43:1 thine own cause: remember how 119:154 the foolish man blasphemeth thee




24 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the presumption of them that hate thee increaseth ever more and more.

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Rom. Maun. Thur.; vv. 20, 21, 23, 24, 13th Sun. af. Pent. N.


Confitebimur tibi.

UNTO thee, O God, do we give



106:1 thanks: yea, unto thee do we give 26,27 thanks.

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