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14. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me ;

17. Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places : thou castedst them down into destruction.

19. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23. Nevertheless I am continually with thee; thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory,

25. Whom have I in heaven but thee.? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26. My flesh and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish : thou hast destroyed all them that'go a whoring from thee.

28. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.


This psalm seems, like the seventy-ninth psalm, to have been com

posed on occasion of the destruction of the city and temple
of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. It was probably composed
by Jeremiali, and at a later period than the seventy-ninth

Maschil of Asapu.
An instruction for gathering.

1. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture ?

2. Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old ; the rod of thine inberit

ance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

3. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

4. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for sigos.

5. A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

6. But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

7. They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

8. They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together : they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

9. We see not our sigos: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach ? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

11. Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand ? pluck it out of thy bosom. . 12. For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13. Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15. Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood : thou driedst up mighty rivers.

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

17. Thou bast set all the borders of the earth: thou bast made summer and winter.

18. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

19. O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove unto the multitude of the wicked : forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

20. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

21. O let not the oppressed return ashamed : let the poor and needy praise thy naine. · 22. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause : remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

23. Forget not the voice of thine enemies : the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually,

PSALM LXXV. 49. Anthem of praise to God, and of instruction of David to his sub

jects, after having been consecrated king at Hebron by the tribe of Judah. 2 Sam. ii, 1-4.

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith. A Psalm or Song of Asaph.
To the giver of victory. Thou shalt not destroy. A Psalm or

Song for gathering.
1 Chorus,' 2–10 King alone. End of 10 Chorus.

1. Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks : for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

2. When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

3. The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved : I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

4. I say unto the fools, Deal not foolishly : and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn :

5. Lift not up your horn on high : speak not with a stiff neck.

6. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

7. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

8. For in the hand of the Lord there is a'cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs

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