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PSALM CXVIII. 124. Anthem of praise of David, on entering Jerusalem, after the defeat

of Absalom. 2 Sam. xix. 40 to the end; and xx. 1, 2.

| Chorus. 2 Priests. 3 Congregation. 4 Chorus. 5-14 King

of Israel. 15, 16 Chorus. 17-21 King of Israel. 22-24 Chorus. 25 King of Israel. 26, 27 High-priest or priests.

28 King of Israel. 29 Chorus. 1. O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; for he is good : because his mercy endureth for ever.

2. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

3. Let the house of Aaron now say, that bis mercy endureth for ever.

4. Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

5. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

6. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

7. The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

8. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

9. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

10. All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.

11. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

12. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

13. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me.

*14. The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

15. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

16. The right hand of the Lord is exalted : the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

17. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

18. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

19. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord :

20. This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

21. I will praise thee : for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25. Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: 0 Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

26. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

27. God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

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

29, O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good : for his mercy endureth for ever.

I PSALM CXIX. 26. Psalm of instruction, composed by David in distiches with a view

of being readily committed to memory by his band of fol. lowers, after it was augmented by valiant men of the tribes of Gad, Benjamin, and Judah, who came and joined themselves to him whilst in the wilderness of Ziphi, whither lie fled from the persecution of Saul. See 1 Sam. xxiii, 13, 14, and I Chron, xii. 8—18.

'ALEPH. 1. BLESSED are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. • 4. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes !

6. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

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

" BETH. 9. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse

his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. · 11. Thy word have I bid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12. Blessed art thou, O Lord : teach me thy statutes.

13. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testi. monies, as much as in all riches.

15. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

GIMEL. 17. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19. I am a stranger in the earth : hide not thy commandments from me.

20. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

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