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consecration of David by Samuel, to that of his persecution by Saul, including seven years.
3rd. Psalms composed by David during the persecution of Saul, including seven years.
4th. Psalms composed by David from the death of Saul to the removal of the ark from Kirjath Jearim to Jerusalem, including ten years.
5th. Psalms composed by David for the cere. mony of the translation of the ark.
6th. Psalms composed by David on occasion of his great wars against the heathen, his deep fall, and his repentance, including twenty-two years.
7th. Psalms composed by David during the revolt of Absalom. This revolt, according to St. Jerome, lasted six months; it might how. ever be difficult at this distance of time to discover the grounds on which he founds this opinion.
8th. Psalms composed by David from the defeat of Absalom to the termination of his own life, including a period of nine years, or nine years and a half.
9th. Psalms composed by various prophets, from the death of David to the return from the Babylonish captivity.
The Port Royal commentators have not con
tented themselves with merely marking the general subject of each psalm, but have assiduously endeavoured to collect every trace of scripture evidence afforded to mark the precise occasion on which each psalm was composed. They terminate their Key to the Psalter by the observation, “ We leave it to persons accustomed to this species of research, to judge how far this arduous task has been faithfully executed;" to which may we be permitted to add, that such persons only are competent fairly to form that judgment; and perhaps those who, like ourselves, have several times actually gone through the whole, referring each psalm to the chapters and verses pointed out, will best be able to appreciate the care and fidelity with which the research has been conducted.
We have only to add, that a fear lest a work so entirely on the literal sense of any portion of scripture, should unfortunately prove a means of tempting some to stop short of the living truth; induced us to terminate this small volume by adding to it a little Essay on the spiritual sense of the psalms, which has before appeared in Biblical Fragments.
LIST OF PSALMS,
CLASSED ACCORDING TO THEIR DATES; ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE ORDER, AND REFERRED TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO
HAVE BEEN WRITTEN.
N.B. The Arabic numeral, marks the number of the
Psalm in its chronologic order; the Roman numeral, its order as arranged in the Book of Psalms. The Scripture reference, points out the circumstances under which it is supposed to have been composed.
duced many critics to accord with St.
• Observe, the Clironology of Duguet is retained.