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18 The LORD hath chastened me sore. "As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed" 2 Cor. 6:9.

19 "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in" Is. 26:1,



20 Ps. 15. "I am the door: by me any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture S. Jo. 10:9. "The gates of it shall not be shut at all by day for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" Rev. 21:2527. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" Rev. 22:14.

21 Verse 14.

Marvellous display of God's mercy. VV. 22-29.

22 Quoted in S. Mat. 21:42; S. Mar. 12:10; S. Lu. 20:17. "He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it " Zech. 4:7. "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner" Acts 4:11. Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" Eph. 2:20. See 1 S. Pet. 2:7.

23 Quoted in S. Mat. 21:42; S. Mar. 12:11.

24 I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day" Zech. 3:9.

25 Lit. I beseech thee, O LORD, save, I pray; I beseech thee, O LORD, send prosperity,



of the corner, crowning and binding the work in one. images together express, how Christ is the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last; the foundation of the spiritual building, the Church, and its summit and completion; the unseen Foundation which was laid deep in Calvary, and the Summit to which it grows and which holds it firm together." -Dr. Pusey. 24 Especially the Day of Resurrection. morning then dawned which is to be followed by no evening."-Bp. Horne. The Lord's Day then superseded the Sabbath. 25 Save, I pray" is in the Heb. "Hosanna."



26 Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the LORD: We have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the LORD.

4:7 27:1


27 God is the LORD, who hath 434 showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee: thou art my O God, and I will praise thee.

29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious and his mercy endureth for ever.

Prop. Ps. Easter E. Sar., Commend. Souls; v. 19, Bur. Armenian, vv. 1-19, Bapt. af. Creed; vv. 20-29, on entering Ch. Liturgy S. James, v. 26 at Reception; and Liturgy S. Chrysostom, at First Entrance and in Triumphal Hymn. Rom., vv. 1, 24, Easter; vv. 2, 24, Easter Mon.; vv. 8, 9, 14th Sun. af. Pent.; vv. 16, 17, 3d-6th af. Epiph.; Maun. Thur.; vv. 23, 26, 27, Christmas (2d Comm.). Gk. v. 24, Easter. L. (Sun. in Lent). P. (Sun. exc. in Lent). Hy. 112 Temple, at the Passover Sacrifice, on Pentecost, and daily in Feast of Tabernacles and Dedication.



PSALM CXIX. Beati immaculati.



BLESSED are those that are un


115:12, defiled in the way and walk in


128:1 the law of the LORD.

26 The reply of the Priests. "That strain, our Lord seems to tell us (S. Mat. 23:39) has not expended all its riches on one brief triumph; it waits to breathe out another welcome for another Advent."-Bp. Alexander. 27 "If this psalm was sung at our Lord's last Passover, this verse immediately preceded the scene in Gethsemane."-Dean Goulburn. Sacrifice, lit. a festival sacrifice; the word for the three great Feasts; see Ex. 23:18 (marg.). Horns; see Ex. 27:2. 28 Praise, K. J. exalt. 29 Gracious, K. J. good.

Ps. CXIX. "This 'Psalm of the Saints' (as it has been styled) "suits no one so well as the pious restorer of the Law, Ezra."-Dr. Pusey. Referred also to Ezra by Bp. Wordsworth and Canon Liddon; referred to Daniel by Jebb, and also by Thrupp; ascribed to David (in his early days), by Blunt. "This psalm is at once infinitely varied in

26 We have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

"Who in JEHOVAH'S Name draws near,
Blessed is he; we hold him dear.
We bless you on your holy road,

We of the house and shrine of God."-Keble.

cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son he that cometh in the name of the "Ye shall not see me henceforth, till he that cometh in the name of the Cont. Ps. 129:8.

"The multitudes of David: Blessed is Lord" S. Mat. 21:9.. ye shall say, Blessed is Lord" S. Mat. 23:39. 27 "Then spake Jesus saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" S. Jo. 8:12. "Ye are a chosen generation, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light"

I S. Pet. 2:9. 29 Verses 1-4.

PSALM 119.

A series of devotional meditations upon the instruction and the comfort which through all vicissitudes of mind and fortune are ever found in the WORD of GOD.


I (Aleph)

Blessedness of those who walk according to God's Word. 1 Ps. 15. "An high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens" Heb. 7:26. See Dan. 1:8; S. Lu. 1:6.

its expressions, yet incessantly one in its direction: its variations are so delicate as to be almost imperceptible, its unity so emphatic as to be inexorably stamped upon its every line; it is the language of the Catholic Church, gathered out of every people, and nation, and tongue, and therefore so various; it is so apparently tautologous, because spoken beneath the very Throne of God."-Canon Liddon. This is the most elaborate of the psalms called "alphabetical.” It is divided according to the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet into twenty-two portions of eight verses each, and every verse of each portion begins in the Hebrew with the letter appropriated to it. In every verse but two (the 122nd and 132nd) there is direct reference to the Law, (one hundred and eighty-six references in all), under some one of the ten names (supposed to allude to the Ten Commandments), of Law, Word, Testimonies, Statutes, Commandments, Precepts, Judgment, Saying, Way, Faithfulness. In the 121st verse, Judgment and Righteousness,' if not immediately denoting God's Law, are employed with reference to its requirements. "Precepts" is invariably rendered "commandments" in the Psalter version. I Undefiled; better, perfect; K. J. (marg.) blameless.


2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies and seek him 118:26 with their whole heart.

40:19 105:3





5:8 139:24 143:8,10

25:2,19 6 So shall I not be confounded: while I have respect unto all thy commandments.

9:10 37:28

3 For they who do no wickedness walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast charged: that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.



33:1 7 I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart: when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.

50 that my ways were made so direct that I might keep thy statutes!

9:1 34:4


In quo corriget?


WHEREWITHAL shall a young 71:15 man cleanse his way: even by ruling himself after thy word.

8 I will keep thy ceremonies : O forsake me not utterly.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments!

II Thy words have I hid within my heart that I should not sin against thee.


2 The expression to "keep" the Law, occurs twenty-eight times. Whole heart; see vv. 10, 34, 58, 69, 145. 6 Confounded, K. J. ashamed. 8 Ceremonies, K. J. statutes. 11 Words, lit. saying.

2 Verses 10, 69. 66 Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments" Ex. 20:6. "The good LORD pardon every one that prepareth his heart" (lit. his whole heart) 'to seek God" 66 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the 2 Chr. 30:18. apple of thine eye" Prov. 7:2. "He that keepeth the law, happy is he " Prov. 29:18. "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" Jer. 29:13; "Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it S. Lu. 11:28. "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" S. Jo. 14:21. commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I "If ye keep my have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" S. Jo. 15:10. "Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected" 1 S. Jo. 2:5. are they that do his commandments, that they may have Blessed right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" Rev. 22:14. "This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it shall come to life" Baruch 4:1. Ezra 7:6, 11, 12, 21; Dan. 1:8; 10:12; Tobit 1:10-12; 14:9. See 3 Lit. They also have done no iniquity: they have walked in his ways.


4 Lit. Thou hast enjoined thy precepts that (we) should keep (them) diligently. Verse 2. the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testiYe shall diligently keep monies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee" Deut. 6:17.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Verses 2, 35, 133.

5,6"If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee" Job 22:23, 26, 27.

6 Verses 46, 116; 24, 31, 36, 59, 95, 98, 99, 168; 15, 80, 117. See Dan. 6:23. "Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" S. Jas. 1:25. in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, "And now, little children, abide and not be ashamed before him at his coming 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart. Verses 54, I S. Jo. 2:28. 62, 164, 171; 106, 137, 160. See 2 Sam. 22.


8 Verse 2.

2 (Beth)

"The young pilgrim guarded from sin by storing up God's Word."-Dr. Kay.


9 "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you" S. Jo. 15:3 thy truth; thy word is truth" S. Jo. 17:17. See I S. Jo. Sanctify them through


10 O let me not wander from thy commandments. Verses 2; 21, 110, 118.



II Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart" Job 22:22. "I have esteemed " (marg. have hid, or, laid up ") "the words of his mouth more than my necessary food Job 23:12. son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee" Prov. 7:1. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law" Is. 51:7.

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