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Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for thy name's sake:
78:10. Lest they should say among the Gentiles: Where is their God? And
let him be made known among the nations before our eyes, By the
revenging the blood of thy servants, which hath been shed:
78:11. Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before thee. According
to the greatness of thy arm, take possession of the children of them
that have been put to death.
78:12. And render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom: the
reproach wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
78:13. But we thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture, will give
thanks to thee for ever. We will shew forth thy praise, unto generation
Psalms Chapter 79
Qui regis Israel.
A prayer for the church in tribulation, commemorating God's former
79:1. Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, a testimony for
Asaph, a psalm.
79:2. Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph
like a sheep. Thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth
79:3. Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Stir up thy might, and
come to save us.
79:4. Convert us, O God: and shew us thy face, and we shall be saved.
79:5. O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the
prayer of thy servant?
79:6. How long wilt thou feed us with the bread of tears: and give us
for our drink tears in measure?
79:7. Thou hast made us to be a contradiction to our neighbours: and
our enemies have scoffed at us.
79:8. O God of hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be
79:9. Thou hast brought a vineyard out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the
Gentiles and planted it.
79:10. Thou wast the guide of its journey in its sight: thou plantedst
the roots thereof, and it filled the land.
79:11. The shadow of it covered the hills: and the branches thereof the
cedars of God.
79:12. It stretched forth its branches unto the sea, and its boughs
unto the river.
79:13. Why hast thou broken down the hedge thereof, so that all they
who pass by the way do pluck it?
79:14. The boar out of the wood hath laid it waste: and a singular wild
beast hath devoured it.
79:15. Turn again, O God of hosts, look down from heaven, and see, and
visit this vineyard:
79:16. And perfect the same which thy right hand hath planted: and upon
the son of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself.
79:17. Things set on fire and dug down shall perish at the rebuke of
Things set on fire, etc. . .So this vineyard of thine, almost consumed
already, must perish, if thou continue thy rebukes.
79:18. Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son
of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself.
The man of thy right hand. . .Christ.
79:19. And we depart not from thee, thou shalt quicken us: and we will
call upon thy name.
79:20. O Lord God of hosts, convert us and shew thy face, and we shall
Psalms Chapter 80
An invitation to a solemn praising of God.
80:1. Unto the end, for the winepresses, a psalm for Asaph himself.
For the winepresses, etc. . .Torcularibus. It either signifies a musical
instrument, or that this psalm was to be sung at the feast of the
tabernacles after the gathering in of the vintage.
80:2. Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God of Jacob.
80:3. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel: the pleasant psaltery
with the harp.
80:4. Blow up the trumpet on the new moon, on the noted day of your
80:5. For it is a commandment in Israel, and a judgment to the God of
80:6. He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph, when he came out of the
land of Egypt: he heard a tongue which he knew not.
80:7. He removed his back from the burdens: his hands had served in
80:8. Thou calledst upon me in affliction, and I delivered thee: I
heard thee in the secret place of tempest: I proved thee at the waters
In the secret place of tempest. . .Heb., Of thunder. When thou soughtest
to hide thyself from the tempest: or, when I came down to mount Sina,
hidden from thy eyes in a storm of thunder.
80:9. Hear, O my people, and I will testify to thee: O Israel, if thou
wilt hearken to me,
80:10. there shall be no new god in thee: neither shalt
thou adore a strange god.
80:11. For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of
Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
80:12. But my people heard not my voice: and Israel hearkened not to
80:13. So I let them go according to the desires of their heart: they
shall walk in their own inventions.
80:14. If my people had heard me: if Israel had walked in my ways:
80:15. I should soon have humbled their enemies, and laid my hand on
them that troubled them.
80:16. The enemies of the Lord have lied to him: and their time shall
be for ever.
Their time shall be forever. . .Impenitent sinners shall suffer for
80:17. And he fed them with the fat of wheat, and filled them with
honey out of the rock.
Psalms Chapter 81
An exhortation to judges and men in power.
81:1. A psalm for Asaph. God hath stood in the congregation of gods:
and being in the midst of them he judgeth gods.
81:2. How long will you judge unjustly: and accept the persons of the
81:3. Judge for the needy and fatherless: do justice to the humble and
81:4. Rescue the poor; and deliver the needy out of the hand of the
81:5. They have not known nor understood: they walk on in darkness: all
the foundations of the earth shall be moved.
81:6. I have said: You are gods and all of you the sons of the most
81:7. But you like men shall die: and shall fall like one of the
81:8. Arise, O God, judge thou the earth: for thou shalt inherit among
all the nations.
Psalms Chapter 82
Deus, quis similis.
A prayer against the enemies of God's church.
82:1. A canticle of a psalm for Asaph.
82:2. O God, who shall be like to thee? hold not thy peace, neither be
thou still, O God.
82:3. For lo, thy enemies have made a noise: and they that hate thee
have lifted up the head.
82:4. They have taken a malicious counsel against thy people, and have
consulted against thy saints.
82:5. They have said: Come and let us destroy them, so that they be not
a nation: and let the name of Israel be remembered no more.
82:6. For they have contrived with one consent: they have made a
covenant together against thee,
82:7. The tabernacle of the Edomites, and the Ishmahelites: Moab, and
82:8. Gebal, and Ammon and Amalec: the Philistines, with the
inhabitants of Tyre.
82:9. Yea, and the Assyrian also is joined with them: they are come to
the aid of the sons of Lot.
82:10. Do to them as thou didst to Madian and to Sisara: as to Jabin at
the brook of Cisson.
82:11. Who perished at Endor: and became as dung for the earth.
82:12. Make their princes like Oreb, and Zeb, and Zebee, and Salmana.
All their princes,
82:13. Who have said: Let us possess the sanctuary of God for an
82:14. O my God, make them like a wheel; and as stubble before the
82:15. As fire which burneth the wood: and as a flame burning
82:16. So shalt thou pursue them with thy tempest: and shalt trouble
them in thy wrath.
82:17. Fill their faces with shame; and they shall seek thy name, O
82:18. Let them be ashamed and troubled for ever and ever: and let them
be confounded and perish.
82:19. And let them know that the Lord is thy name: thou alone art the
most High over all the earth.
Psalms Chapter 83
The soul aspireth after heaven; rejoicing in the mean time, in being in
the communion of God's church upon earth.
83:1. Unto the end, for the winepresses, a psalm for the sons of Core.
83:2. How lovely are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
83:3. my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. My heart
and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.
83:4. For the sparrow hath found herself a house, and the turtle a nest
for herself where she may lay her young ones: Thy altars, O Lord of
hosts, my king and my God.
83:5. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, O Lord: they shall
praise thee for ever and ever.
83:6. Blessed is the man whose help is from thee: in his heart he hath
disposed to ascend by steps,
In his heart he hath disposed to ascend by steps, etc. . .Ascensiones in
corde suo disposuit. As by steps men ascended to the temple of God
situated on a hill; so the good Christian ascends towards the eternal
temple by certain steps of virtue disposed or ordered within the heart:
and this whilst he lives as yet in the body, in this vale of tears, the
place which man hath set: that is, which he hath brought himself to:
being cast out of paradise for his sin.
83:7. In the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set.
83:8. For the lawgiver shall give a blessing, they shall go from virtue
to virtue: the God of gods shall be seen in Sion.
83:9. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
83:10. Behold, O God our protector: and look on the face of thy Christ.
83:11. For better is one day in thy courts above thousands. I have
chosen to be an abject in the house of my God, rather than to dwell in
the tabernacles of sinners.
83:12. For God loveth mercy and truth: the Lord will give grace and
83:13. He will not deprive of good things them that walk in innocence:
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Psalms Chapter 84
The coming of Christ, to bring peace and salvation to man.
84:1. Unto the end, for the sons of Core, a psalm.
84:2. Lord, thou hast blessed thy land: thou hast turned away the
captivity of Jacob.
84:3. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people: thou hast covered
all their sins.
84:4. Thou hast mitigated all thy anger: thou hast turned away from the
wrath of thy indignation.
84:5. Convert us, O God our saviour: and turn off thy anger from us.
84:6. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever: or wilt thou extend thy
wrath from generation to generation?
84:7. Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life: and thy people shall
rejoice in thee.
84:8. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us thy salvation.
84:9. I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak
peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are
converted to the heart.
84:10. Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him : that glory
may dwell in our land.
84:11. Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have
84:12. Truth is sprung out of the earth: and justice hath looked down
84:13. For the Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her
84:14. Justice shall walk before him: and ,shall set his steps in the
Psalms Chapter 85
A prayer for God's grace to assist us to the end.
85:1. A prayer for David himself. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear me:
for I am needy and poor.
85:2. Preserve my soul, for I am holy: save thy servant, O my God, that
trusteth in thee.
I am holy. . .I am by my office and profession dedicated to thy service.
85:3. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to thee all the day.
85:4. Give joy to the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, I have
lifted up my soul.
85:5. For thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild: and plenteous in mercy to
all that call upon thee.
85:6. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer: and attend to the voice of my
85:7. I have called upon thee in the day of my trouble: because thou
hast heard me.
85:8. There is none among the gods like unto thee, O Lord: and there is
none according to thy works.
85:9. All the nations thou hast made shall come and adore before thee,
O Lord: and they shall glorify thy name.
85:10. For thou art great and dost wonderful things: thou art God
85:11. Conduct me, O Lord, in thy way, and I will walk in thy truth:
let my heart rejoice that it may fear thy name.
85:12. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I
will glorify thy name for ever:
85:13. For thy mercy is great towards me: and thou hast delivered my
soul out of the lower hell.
85:14. O God, the wicked are risen up against me, and the assembly of
the mighty have sought my soul: and they have not set thee before their
85:15. And thou, O Lord, art a God of compassion, and merciful,
patient, and of much mercy, and true.
85:16. O look upon me, and have mercy on me: give thy command to thy
servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.
85:17. Shew me a token for good: that they who hate me may see, and be
confounded, because thou, O Lord, hast helped me and hast comforted me.
Psalms Chapter 86
The glory of the church of Christ.
86:1. For the sons of Core, a psalm of a canticle. The foundations
thereof are the holy mountains:
The holy mountains. . .The apostles and prophets. Eph. 2.20.
86:2. The Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of
86:3. Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God.
86:4. I will be mindful of Rahab and of Babylon knowing me. Behold the
foreigners, and Tyre, and the people of the Ethiopians, these were
Rahab. . .Egypt, etc. To this Sion, which is the church of God, many
shall resort from all nations.
86:5. Shall not Sion say: This man and that man is born in her? and the
Highest himself hath founded her.
Shall not Sion say, etc. . .The meaning is, that Sion, viz., the church,
shall not only be able to commemorate this or that particular person of
renown born in her, but also to glory in great multitudes of people and
princes of her communion; who have been foretold in the writings of the
prophets, and registered in the writings of the apostles.
86:6. The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples and of princes, of
them that have been in her.
86:7. The dwelling in thee is as it were of all rejoicing.
Psalms Chapter 87
Domine, Deus salutis.
A prayer of one under grievous affliction: it agrees to Christ in his
passion, and alludes to his death and burial.
87:1. A canticle of a psalm for the sons of Core: unto the end, for
Maheleth, to answer understanding of Eman the Ezrahite.
Maheleth. . .A musical instrument, or chorus of musicians, to answer one
another.--Ibid. Understanding. . .Or a psalm of instruction, composed by
Eman the Ezrahite, or by David, in his name.
87:2. O Lord, the God of my salvation: I have cried in the day, and in
the night before thee.
87:3. Let my prayer come in before thee: incline thy ear to my
87:4. For my soul is filled with evils: and my life hath drawn nigh to
87:5. I am counted among them that go down to the pit: I am become as a
man without help,
87:6. Free among the dead. Like the slain sleeping in the sepulchres,
whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
87:7. They have laid me in the lower pit: in the dark places, and in
the shadow of death.
87:8. Thy wrath is strong over me: and all thy waves thou hast brought
in upon me.
87:9. Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me: they have set me
an abomination to themselves. I was delivered up, and came not forth:
87:10. My eyes languished through poverty. All the day I cried to thee,
O Lord: I stretched out my hands to thee.
87:11. Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? or shall physicians raise to
life, and give praise to thee?
87:12. Shall any one in the sepulchre declare thy mercy: and thy truth
87:13. Shall thy wonders be known in the dark; and thy justice in the
land of forgetfulness?
87:14. But I, O Lord, have cried to thee: and in the morning my prayer
shall prevent thee.
87:15. Lord, why castest thou off my prayer: why turnest thou away thy
face from me?
87:16. I am poor, and in labours from my youth: and being exalted have
been humbled and troubled.
87:17. Thy wrath hath come upon me: and thy terrors have troubled me.
87:18. They have come round about me like water all the day: they have
compassed me about together.
87:19. Friend and neighbour thou hast put far from me: and my
acquaintance, because of misery.
Psalms Chapter 88
The perpetuity of the church of Christ, in consequence of the promise
of God: which, notwithstanding, God permits her to suffer sometimes
most grievous afflictions.
88:1. Of understanding, for Ethan the Ezrahite.
88:2. The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth
thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.
88:3. For thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever in the
heavens: thy truth shall be prepared in them.
88:4. I have made a covenant with my elect: I have sworn to David my
88:5. Thy seed will I settle for ever. And I will build up thy throne
unto generation and generation.
88:6. The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in
the church of the saints.
88:7. For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among
the sons of God shall be like to God?
88:8. God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and
terrible above all them that are about him.
88:9. O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O
Lord, and thy truth is round about thee.
88:10. Thou rulest the power of the sea: and appeasest the motion of
the waves thereof.
88:11. Thou hast humbled the proud one, as one that is slain: with the
arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thy enemies.
88:12. Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth: the world and the
fulness thereof thou hast founded:
88:13. The north and the sea thou hast created. Thabor and Hermon shall
rejoice in thy name:
88:14. Thy arm is with might. Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy
right hand exalted:
88:15. Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy
and truth shall go before thy face:
88:16. Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk,
O Lord, in the light of thy countenance:
88:17. And in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy
justice they shall be exalted.
88:18. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy good
pleasure shall our horn be exalted.
88:19. For our protection is of the Lord, and of our king the holy one
88:20. Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I have
laid help upon one that is mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of
88:21. I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed
88:22. For my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him.
88:23. The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of
iniquity have power to hurt him.
88:24. And I will cut down his enemies before his face; and them that
hate him I will put to flight.
88:25. And my truth and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name
shall his horn be exalted.
88:26. And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the
88:27. He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the
support of my salvation.
88:28. And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the
88:29. I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful
88:30. And I will make his seed to endure for evermore: and his throne
as the days of heaven.
88:31. And if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my
88:32. If they profane my justices: and keep not my commandments:
88:33. I will visit their iniquities with a rod and their sins with
88:34. But my mercy I will not take away from him: nor will I suffer my
truth to fail.
88:35. Neither will I profane my covenant: and the words that proceed
from my mouth I will not make void.
88:36. Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David:
88:37. His seed shall endure for ever.
88:38. And his throne as the sun before me: and as the moon perfect for
ever, and a faithful witness in heaven.
88:39. But thou hast rejected and despised: thou hast been angry with
88:40. Thou hast overthrown the covenant of thy servant: thou hast
profaned his sanctuary on the earth.
Overthrown the covenant, etc. . .All this seems to relate to the time of
the captivity of Babylon, in which, for the sins of the people and
their princes, God seemed to have set aside for a while the covenant he
made with David.
88:41. Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his
88:42. All that pass by the way have robbed him: he is become a
reproach to his neighbours.
88:43. Thou hast set up the right hand of them that oppress him: thou
hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
88:44. Thou hast turned away the help of his sword; and hast not
assisted him in battle.
88:45. Thou hast made his purification to cease: and thou hast cast his
throne down to the ground.
88:46. Thou hast shortened the days of his time: thou hast covered him
88:47. How long, O Lord, turnest thou away unto the end? shall thy
anger burn like fire?
88:48. Remember what my substance is: for hast thou made all the
children of men in vain?
88:49. Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall
deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
88:50. Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou
didst swear to David in thy truth?
88:51. Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I
have held in my bosom) of many nations:
88:52. Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they
have reproached the change of thy anointed.
88:53. Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it. So be it.
Psalms Chapter 89
A prayer for the mercy of God: recounting the shortness and miseries of
the days of man.
89:1. A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our refuge
from generation to generation.
89:2. Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was
formed; from eternity and to eternity thou art God.
89:3. Turn not man away to be brought low: and thou hast said: Be
converted, O ye sons of men.
Turn not man away, etc. . .Suffer him not quite to perish from thee,
since thou art pleased to call upon him to be converted to thee.
89:4. For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is
past. And as a watch in the night,
89:5. Things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.
89:6. In the morning man shall grow up like grass; in the morning he
shall flourish and pass away: in the evening he shall fall, grow dry,
89:7. For in thy wrath we have fainted away: and are troubled in thy
89:8. Thou hast set our iniquities before thy eyes: our life in the
light of thy countenance.
89:9. For all our days are spent; and in thy wrath we have fainted
away. Our years shall be considered as a spider:
As a spider. . .As frail and weak as a spider's web; and miserable
withal, whilst like a spider we spend our bowels in weaving webs to
89:10. The days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But
if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is
labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be
Mildness is come upon us, etc. . .God's mildness corrects us; inasmuch
as he deals kindly with us, in shortening the days of this miserable
life; and so weaning our affections from all its transitory enjoyments,
and teaching us true wisdom.
89:11. Who knoweth the power of thy anger, and for thy fear
89:12. Can number thy wrath? So make thy right hand known: and men
learned in heart, in wisdom.
89:13. Return, O Lord, how long? and be entreated in favour of thy
89:14. We are filled in the morning with thy mercy: and we have
rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.
89:15. We have rejoiced for the days in which thou hast humbled us: for
the years in which we have seen evils.
89:16. Look upon thy servants and upon their works: and direct their
89:17. And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us: and
direct thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands
do thou direct.
Psalms Chapter 90
The just is secure under the protection of God.
90:1. The praise of a canticle for David. He that dwelleth in the aid
of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
90:2. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge:
my God, in him will I trust.
90:3. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from
the sharp word.
90:4. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings
thou shalt trust.
90:5. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be
afraid of the terror of the night.
90:6. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh
about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.
90:7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right
hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.
90:8. But thou shalt consider with thy eyes: and shalt see the reward
of the wicked.
90:9. Because thou, O Lord, art my hope: thou hast made the most High
90:10. There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall the scourge come
near thy dwelling.
90:11. For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in
all thy ways.
90:12. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone.
90:13. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt
trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
90:14. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him
because he hath known my name.
90:15. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in
tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.
90:16. I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my
Psalms Chapter 91
Bonum est confiteri.
God is to be praised for his wondrous works.
91:1. A psalm of a canticle on the sabbath day.
91:2. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O
91:3. To shew forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the
91:4. Upon an instrument of ten strings, upon the psaltery: with a
canticle upon the harp.
91:5. For thou hast given me, O Lord, a delight in thy doings: and in
the works of thy hands I shall rejoice.
91:6. O Lord, how great are thy works! thy thoughts are exceeding deep.
91:7. The senseless man shall not know: nor will the fool understand
91:8. When the wicked shall spring up as grass: and all the workers of
iniquity shall appear: That they may perish for ever and ever:
91:9. But thou, O Lord, art most high for evermore.
91:10. For behold thy enemies, O lord, for behold thy enemies shall
perish: and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
91:11. But my horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn: and my
old age in plentiful mercy.
91:12. My eye also hath looked down upon my enemies: and my ear shall
hear of the downfall of the malignant that rise up against me.
91:13. The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up
like the cedar of Libanus.
91:14. They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in
the courts of the house of our God.
91:15. They shall still increase in a fruitful old age: and shall be
91:16. That they may shew, That the Lord our God is righteous, and
there is no iniquity in him.
Psalms Chapter 92
The glory and stability of the kingdom; that is, of the church of
Praise in the way of a canticle, for David himself, on the day before
the sabbath, when the earth was founded.
92:1. The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty: the Lord is
clothed with strength, and hath girded himself. For he hath established
the world which shall not be moved.
92:2. My throne is prepared from of old: thou art from everlasting.
92:3. The floods have lifted up, O Lord: the floods have lifted up
their voice. The floods have lifted up their waves,
92:4. With the noise of many waters. Wonderful are the surges of the
sea: wonderful is the Lord on high.
92:5. Thy testimonies are become exceedingly credible: holiness
becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.
Psalms Chapter 93
God shall judge and punish the oppressors of his people.
A psalm for David himself on the fourth day of the week.
93:1. The Lord is the God to whom revenge belongeth: the God of revenge
hath acted freely.
93:2. Lift up thyself, thou that judgest the earth: render a reward to
93:3. How long shall sinners, O Lord: how long shall sinners glory?
93:4. Shall they utter, and speak iniquity: shall all speak who work
93:5. Thy people, O Lord, they have brought low: and they have
afflicted thy inheritance.
93:6. They have slain the widow and the stranger: and they have
murdered the fatherless.
93:7. And they have said: The Lord shall not see: neither shall the God
of Jacob understand.
93:8. Understand, ye senseless among the people: and, you fools, be
wise at last.
93:9. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or he that formed the
eye, doth he not consider?
93:10. He that chastiseth nations, shall he not rebuke: he that
teacheth man knowledge?
93:11. The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.
93:12. Blessed is the man whom thou shalt instruct, O Lord: and shalt
teach him out of thy law.
93:13. That thou mayst give him rest from the evil days: till a pit be
dug for the wicked.
Rest from the evil days. . .That thou mayst mitigate the sorrows, to
which he is exposed, during the short and evil days of his mortality.
93:14. For the Lord will not cast off his people: neither will he
forsake his own inheritance.
93:15. Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it
are all the upright in heart.
Until justice be turned into judgment, etc. . .By being put in
execution; which will be agreeable to all the upright in heart.
93:16. Who shall rise up for me against the evildoers? or who shall
stand with me against the workers of iniquity?
93:17. Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in
93:18. If I said: My foot is moved: thy mercy, O Lord, assisted me.
93:19. According to the multitude of my sorrows in my heart, thy
comforts have given joy to my soul.
93:20. Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in
Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, etc. . .That is, wilt thou, O
God, who art always just, admit of the seat of iniquity: that is, of
injustice, or unjust judges, to have any partnership with thee? Thou
who framest, or makest, labour in commandment, that is, thou who
obligest us to labour with all diligence to keep thy commandments.
93:21. They will hunt after the soul of the just, and will condemn
93:22. But the Lord is my refuge: and my God the help of my hope.
93:23. And he will render them their iniquity : and in their malice he
will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.
Psalms Chapter 94
An invitation to adore and serve God, and to hear his voice.
Praise of a canticle for David himself.
94:1. Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God
94:2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a
joyful noise to him with psalms.
94:3. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
94:4. For in his hand are all the ends of the earth: and the heights of
the mountains are his.
94:5. For the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry
94:6. Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that
94:7. For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.
94:8. To day if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts:
94:9. As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the
wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my
94:10. Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I
said: These always err in heart.
94:11. And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath
that they shall not enter into my rest.
Psalms Chapter 95
An exhortation to praise God for the coming of Christ and his kingdom.
95:1. A canticle for David himself, when the house was built after the
captivity. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all
When the house was built, etc. . .Alluding to that time, and then
ordered to be sung: but principally relating to the building of the
church of Christ, after our redemption from the captivity of Satan.
95:2. Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name: shew forth his salvation
from day to day.
95:3. Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all
95:4. For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to be
feared above all gods.
95:5. For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made
95:6. Praise and beauty are before him: holiness and majesty in his
95:7. Bring ye to the Lord, O ye kindreds of the Gentiles, bring ye to
the Lord glory and honour:
95:8. Bring to the Lord glory unto his name. Bring up sacrifices, and
come into his courts:
95:9. Adore ye the Lord in his holy court. Let all the earth be moved
at his presence.
95:10. Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned. For he hath
corrected the world, which shall not be moved: he will judge the people
95:11. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, let the sea
be moved, and the fulness thereof:
95:12. The fields and all things that are in them shall be joyful. Then
shall all the trees of the woods rejoice
95:13. before the face of the Lord, because he cometh: because he
cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and
the people with his truth.
Psalms Chapter 96
All are invited to rejoice at the glorious coming and reign of Christ.
96:1. For the same David, when his land was restored again to him. The
Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad.
96:2. Clouds and darkness are round about him: justice and judgment are
the establishment of his throne.
Clouds and darkness. . .The coming of Christ in the clouds with great
terror and majesty to judge the world, is here prophesied.
96:3. A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round
96:4. His lightnings have shone forth to the world: the earth saw and
96:5. The mountains melted like wax, at the presence of the Lord: at
the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
96:6. The heavens declared his justice: and all people saw his glory.
96:7. Let them be all confounded that adore graven things, and that
glory in their idols. Adore him, all you his angels:
96:8. Sion heard, and was glad. And the daughters of Juda rejoiced,
because of thy judgments, O Lord.
96:9. For thou art the most high Lord over all the earth: thou art
exalted exceedingly above all gods.
96:10. You that love the Lord, hate evil: the Lord preserveth the souls
of his saints, he will deliver them out of the hand of the sinner.
96:11. Light is risen to the just, and joy to the right of heart.
96:12. Rejoice, ye just, in the Lord: and give praise to the
remembrance of his holiness.
Psalms Chapter 97
All are again invited to praise the Lord, for the victories of Christ.
97:1. A psalm for David himself. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle:
because he hath done wonderful things. His right hand hath wrought for
him salvation, and his arm is holy.
97:2. The Lord hath made known his salvation: he hath revealed his
justice in the sight of the Gentiles.
97:3. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of
Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
97:4. Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and
97:5. Sing praise to the Lord on the harp, on the harp, and with the
voice of a psalm:
97:6. With long trumpets, and sound of cornet. Make a joyful noise
before the Lord our king:
97:7. Let the sea be moved and the fullness thereof: the world and they
that dwell therein.
97:8. The rivers shall clap their hands, the mountains shall rejoice
97:9. At the presence of the Lord: because he cometh to judge the
earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and the people with
Psalms Chapter 98
The reign of the Lord in Sion: that is, of Christ in his church.
98:1. A psalm for David himself. The Lord hath reigned, let the people
be angry: he that sitteth on the cherubims: let the earth be moved.
Let the people be angry. . .Though many enemies rage, and the whole
earth be stirred up to oppose the reign of Christ, he shall still
98:2. The lord is great in Sion, and high above all people.
98:3. Let them give praise to thy great name: for it is terrible and
98:4. And the king's honour loveth judgment. Thou hast prepared
directions: thou hast done judgment and justice in Jacob.
Loveth judgment. . .Requireth discretion.--Ibid. Directions. . .Most
right and just laws to direct men.
98:5. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and adore his footstool, for it is
Adore his footstool. . .The ark of the covenant was called, in the Old
Testament, God's footstool: over which he was understood to sit, on his
propitiatory, or mercy seat, as on a throne, between the wings of the
cherubims, in the sanctuary: to which the children of Israel paid a
great veneration. But as this psalm evidently relates to Christ, and
the New Testament, where the ark has no place, the holy fathers
understand this text, of the worship paid by the church to the body and
blood of Christ in the sacred mysteries: inasmuch as the humanity of
Christ is, as it were, the footstool of the divinity. So St. Ambrose,
L. 3. De Spiritu Sancto, c. 12. And St. Augustine upon this psalm.
98:6. Moses and Aaron among his priests: and Samuel among them that
call upon his name. They called upon the Lord, and he heard them:
Moses and Aaron among his priests. . .By this it is evident, that Moses
also was a priest, and indeed the chief priest, inasmuch as he
consecrated Aaron, and offered sacrifice for him. Lev. 8. So that his
pre-eminence over Aaron makes nothing for lay church headship.
98:7. He spoke to them in the pillar of the cloud. They kept his
testimonies, and the commandment which he gave them.
98:8. Thou didst hear them, O Lord our God: thou wast a merciful God to
them, and taking vengeance on all their inventions.
All their inventions. . .that is, all the enterprises of their enemies
against them, as in the case of Core, Dathan, and Abiron.
98:9. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and adore at his holy mountain: for
the Lord our God is holy.
Psalms Chapter 99
All are invited to rejoice in God the creator of all.
99:1. A psalm of praise.
99:2. Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with
gladness. Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.
99:3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we
ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
99:4. Go ye into his gates with praise, into his courts with hymns: and
give glory to him. Praise ye his name:
99:5. For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth
to generation and generation.
Psalms Chapter 100
Misericordiam et judicium.
The prophet exhorteth all by his example, to follow mercy and justice.
100:1. A psalm for David himself. Mercy and judgment I will sing to
thee, O Lord: I will sing,
100:2. And I will understand in the unspotted way, when thou shalt come
to me. I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house.
I will understand, etc. . .That is, I will apply my mind, I will do my
endeavour, to know and to follow the perfect way of thy commandments:
not trusting to my own strength, but relying on thy coming to me by thy
100:3. I will not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the
workers of iniquities.
100:4. The perverse heart did not cleave to me: and the malignant, that
turned aside from me, I would not know.
100:5. The man that in private detracted his neighbour, him did I
persecute. With him that had a proud eye, and an unsatiable heart, I
would not eat.
100:6. My eyes were upon the faithful of the earth, to sit with me: the
man that walked in the perfect way, he served me.
100:7. He that worketh pride shall not dwell in the midst of my house:
he that speaketh unjust things did not prosper before my eyes.
100:8. In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land: that I
might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord.
Psalms Chapter 101
A prayer for one in affliction: the fifth penitential psalm.
101:1. The prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out
his supplication before the Lord.
101:2. Hear, O Lord, my prayer: and let my cry come to thee.
101:3. Turn not away thy face from me: in the day when I am in trouble,
incline thy ear to me. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear
101:4. For my days are vanished like smoke, and my bones are grown dry
like fuel for the fire.
101:5. I am smitten as grass, and my heart is withered: because I
forgot to eat my bread.
101:6. Through the voice of my groaning, my bone hath cleaved to my
101:7. I am become like to a pelican of the wilderness: I am like a
night raven in the house.
A pelican, etc. . .I am become through grief, like birds that affect
solitude and darkness.
101:8. I have watched, and am become as a sparrow all alone on the
101:9. All the day long my enemies reproached me: and they that praised
me did swear against me.
101:10. For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with
101:11. Because of thy anger and indignation: for having lifted me up
thou hast thrown me down.
101:12. My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like
101:13. But thou, O Lord, endurest for ever: and thy memorial to all
101:14. Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Sion: for it is time to have
mercy on it, for the time is come.
101:15. For the stones thereof have pleased thy servants: and they
shall have pity on the earth thereof.
101:16. All the Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord, and all the kings
of the earth thy glory.
101:17. For the Lord hath built up Sion: and he shall be seen in his
101:18. He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble: and he hath not
despised their petition.
101:19. Let these things be written unto another generation: and the
people that shall be created shall praise the Lord:
101:20. Because he hath looked forth from his high sanctuary: from
heaven the Lord hath looked upon the earth.
101:21. That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters: that
he might release the children of the slain:
101:22. That they may declare the name of the Lord in Sion: and his
praise in Jerusalem;
101:23. When the people assemble together, and kings, to serve the
101:24. He answered him in the way of his strength: Declare unto me the
fewness of my days.
He answered him in the way of his strength. . .That is, the people,
mentioned in the foregoing verse, or the penitent, in whose person this
psalm is delivered, answered the Lord in the way of his strength: that
is, according to the best of his power and strength: or when he was in
the flower of his age and strength: inquiring after the fewness of his
days: to know if he should live long enough to see the happy
restoration of Sion, etc.
101:25. Call me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are unto
generation and generation.
101:26. In the beginning, O Lord, thou foundedst the earth: and the
heavens are the works of thy hands.
101:27. They shall perish but thou remainest: and all of them shall
grow old like a garment: And as a vesture thou shalt change them, and
they shall be changed.
101:28. But thou art always the selfsame, and thy years shall not fail.
101:29. The children of thy servants shall continue and their seed
shall be directed for ever.
Psalms Chapter 102
Thanksgiving to God for his mercies.
102:1. For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that
is within me bless his holy name.
102:2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for
102:3. Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases.
102:4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with
mercy and compassion.
102:5. Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be
renewed like the eagle's.
102:6. The Lord doth mercies, and judgment for all that suffer wrong.
102:7. He hath made his ways known to Moses: his wills to the children
102:8. The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and
plenteous in mercy.
102:9. He will not always be angry: nor will he threaten for ever.
102:10. He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded
us according to our iniquities.
102:11. For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he
hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.
102:12. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
iniquities from us.
102:13. As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord
compassion on them that fear him:
102:14. For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust:
102:15. Man's days are as grass, as the flower of the field so shall he
102:16. For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he
shall know his place no more.
102:17. But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity
upon them that fear him: And his justice unto children's children,
102:18. To such as keep his covenant, And are mindful of his
commandments to do them.
102:19. The lord hath prepared his throne in heaven: and his kingdom
shall rule over all.
102:20. Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in
strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders.
102:21. Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do
102:22. Bless the Lord, all his works: in every place of his dominion,
O my soul, bless thou the Lord.
Psalms Chapter 103
God is to be praised for his mighty works, and wonderful providence.
103:1. For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God,
thou art exceedingly great. Thou hast put on praise and beauty:
103:2. And art clothed with light as with a garment. Who stretchest out
the heaven like a pavilion:
103:3. Who coverest the higher rooms thereof with water. Who makest the
clouds thy chariot: who walkest upon the wings of the winds.
103:4. Who makest thy angels spirits: and thy ministers a burning fire.
103:5. Who hast founded the earth upon its own bases: it shall not be
moved for ever and ever.
103:6. The deep like a garment is its clothing: above the mountains
shall the waters stand.
103:7. At thy rebuke they shall flee: at the voice of thy thunder they
103:8. The mountains ascend, and the plains descend into the place
which thou hast founded for them.
103:9. Thou hast set a bound which they shall not pass over; neither
shall they return to cover the earth.
103:10. Thou sendest forth springs in the vales: between the midst of
the hills the waters shall pass.
103:11. All the beasts of the field shall drink: the wild asses shall
expect in their thirst.
103:12. Over them the birds of the air shall dwell: from the midst of
the rocks they shall give forth their voices.
103:13. Thou waterest the hills from thy upper rooms: the earth shall
be filled with the fruit of thy works:
103:14. Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of
men. That thou mayst bring bread out of the earth:
103:15. And that wine may cheer the heart of man. That he may make the
face cheerful with oil: and that bread may strengthen man's heart.
103:16. The trees of the field shall be filled, and the cedars of
Libanus which he hath planted:
103:17. There the sparrows shall make their nests. The highest of them
is the house of the heron.
103:18. The high hills are a refuge for the harts, the rock for the
103:19. He hath made the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going
103:20. Thou hast appointed darkness, and it is night: in it shall all
the beasts of the woods go about:
103:21. The young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their
meat from God.
103:22. The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together: and they shall
lie down in their dens.
103:23. Man shall go forth to his work, and to his labour until the
103:24. How great are thy works, O Lord ? thou hast made all things in
wisdom: the earth is filled with thy riches.
103:25. So is this great sea, which stretcheth wide its arms: there are
creeping things without number: Creatures little and great.
103:26. There the ships shall go. This sea dragon which thou hast
formed to play therein.
103:27. All expect of thee that thou give them food in season.
103:28. What thou givest to them they shall gather up: when thou
openest thy hand, they shall all be filled with good.
103:29. But if thou turnest away thy face, they shall be troubled: thou
shalt take away their breath, and they shall fail, and shall return to
103:30. Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created:
and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
103:31. May the glory of the Lord endure for ever: the Lord shall
rejoice in his works.
103:32. He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble: he troubleth
the mountains, and they smoke.
103:33. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise
to my God while I have my being.
103:34. Let my speech be acceptable to him: but I will take delight in
103:35. Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, and the unjust, so
that they be no more: O my soul, bless thou the Lord.
Psalms Chapter 104
A thanksgiving to God for his benefits to his people Israel.
104:1. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his
deeds among the Gentiles.
104:2. Sing to him, yea sing praises to him: relate all his wondrous
104:3. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that
seek the Lord.
104:4. Seek ye the lord, and be strengthened: seek his face evermore.
104:5. Remember his marvellous works which he hath done; his wonders,
and the judgments of his mouth.
104:6. O ye seed of Abraham his servant; ye sons of Jacob his chosen.
104:7. He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
104:8. He hath remembered his covenant for ever: the word which he
commanded to a thousand generations.
104:9. Which he made to Abraham; and his oath to Isaac:
104:10. And he appointed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for
an everlasting testament:
104:11. Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan, the lot of
104:12. When they were but a small number: yea very few, and sojourners
104:13. And they passed from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to
104:14. He suffered no man to hurt them: and he reproved kings for
104:15. Touch ye not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets.
104:16. And he called a famine upon the land: and he broke in pieces
all the support of bread.
104:17. He sent a man before them: Joseph, who was sold for a slave.
104:18. They humbled his feet in fetters: the iron pierced his soul,
104:19. Until his word came. The word of the Lord inflamed him.
104:20. The king sent, and he released him: the ruler of the people,
and he set him at liberty.
104:21. He made him master of his house, and ruler of all his
104:22. That he might instruct his princes as himself, and teach his
104:23. And Israel went into Egypt: and Jacob was a sojourner in the
land of Cham.
104:24. And he increased his people exceedingly: and strengthened them
over their enemies.
104:25. He turned their heart to hate his people: and to deal
deceitfully with his servants.
He turned their heart, etc. . .Not that God (who is never the author of
sin) moved the Egyptians to hate and persecute his people; but that the
Egyptians took occasion of hating and envying them, from the sight of
the benefits which God bestowed upon them.
104:26. He sent Moses his servant: Aaron the man whom he had chosen.
104:27. He gave them power to shew them signs, and his wonders in the
land of Cham.
104:28. He sent darkness, and made it obscure: and grieved not his
Grieved not his words. . .That is, he was not wanting to fulfil his
words: or he did not grieve Moses and Aaron, the carriers of his words:
or he did not grieve his words, that is, his sons, the children of
Israel, who enjoyed light whilst the Egyptians were oppressed with
104:29. He turned their waters into blood, and destroyed their fish.
104:30. Their land brought forth frogs, in the inner chambers of their
104:31. He spoke, and there came divers sorts of flies and sciniphs in
all their coasts.
Sciniphs. . .See the annotation, Ex.8.16.
104:32. He gave them hail for rain, a burning fire in the land.
104:33. And he destroyed their vineyards and their fig trees: and he
broke in pieces the trees of their coasts.
104:34. He spoke, and the locust came, and the bruchus, of which there
was no number.
Bruchus. . .An insect of the locust kind.
104:35. And they devoured all the grass in their land, and consumed all
the fruit of their ground.
104:36. And he slew all the firstborn in their land: the firstfruits of
all their labour.
104:37. And he brought them out with silver and gold: and there was not
among their tribes one that was feeble.
104:38. Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them lay
104:39. He spread a cloud for their protection, and fire to give them
light in the night.
104:40. They asked, and the quail came: and he filled them with the
bread of heaven.
104:41. He opened the rock, and waters flowed: rivers ran down in the
104:42. Because he remembered his holy word, which he had spoken to his
104:43. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with
104:44. And he gave them the lands of the Gentiles: and they possessed
the labours of the people:
104:45. That they might observe his justifications, and seek after his
His justifications. . .That is, his commandments; which here, and in
many other places of the scripture, are called justifications, because
the keeping of them makes man just. The Protestants render it by the
word statutes, in favour of their doctrine, which does not allow good
works to justify.
Psalms Chapter 105
A confession of the manifold sins and ingratitudes of the Israelites.
105:1. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
105:2. Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth
all his praises?
105:3. Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all
105:4. Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with
105:5. That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in
the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance.
105:6. We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have
105:7. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered
not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up
to the sea, even the Red Sea.
105:8. And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make
his power known.
105:9. And he rebuked the Red Sea and it was dried up: and he led them
through the depths, as in a wilderness.
105:10. And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he
redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
105:11. And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not
one of them left.
105:12. And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.
105:13. They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited
not for his counsel.
105:14. And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted
God in the place without water.
105:15. And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their
105:16. And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the
105:17. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the
congregation of Abiron.
105:18. And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned
105:19. They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven
105:20. And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that
105:21. They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in
105:22. Wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red
105:23. And he said that he would destroy them: had not Moses his
chosen stood before him in the breach: To turn away his wrath, lest he
should destroy them.
105:24. And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not
105:25. And they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the
voice of the Lord.
105:26. And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the
105:27. And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter
them in the countries.
105:28. They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices
of the dead.
Initiated. . .That is, they dedicated, or consecrated themselves to the
idol of the Moabites and Madianites, called Beelphegor, or Baal-Peor.
Num. 25.3.--Ibid. The dead. . .Viz., idols without life.
105:29. And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction
was multiplied among them.
105:30. Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter
105:31. And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and
generation for evermore.
105:32. They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and
Moses was afflicted for their sakes:
105:33. Because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with
He distinguished with his lips. . .Moses, by occasion of the people's
rebellion and incredulity, was guilty of distinguishing with his lips;
when, instead of speaking to the rock, as God had commanded, he said to
the people, with a certain hesitation in his faith, Hear ye, rebellious
and incredulous: Can we from this rock bring out water for you? Num.
105:34. They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto
105:35. And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their
105:36. And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.
105:37. And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.
105:38. And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of
their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the
land was polluted with blood,
105:39. And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after
their own inventions.
105:40. And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he
abhorred his inheritance.
105:41. And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they
that hated them had dominion over them.
105:42. And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under
105:43. Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with
their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities.
105:44. And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their
105:45. And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to
the multitude of his mercies.
105:46. And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that
had made them captives.
105:47. Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among the nations:
That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise.
105:48. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to
everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.
Psalms Chapter 106
All are invited to give thanks to God for his perpetual providence over
106:1. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth
106:2. Let them say so that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom he
hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy: and gathered out of the
106:3. From the rising and from the setting of the sun, from the north
and from the sea.
106:4. They wandered in a wilderness, in a place without water: they
found not the way of a city for their habitation.
106:5. They were hungry and thirsty: their soul fainted in them.
106:6. And they cried to the Lord in their tribulation: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.
106:7. And he led them into the right way, that they might go to a city
106:8. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his wonderful
works to the children of men.
106:9. For he hath satisfied the empty soul, and hath filled the hungry
soul with good things.
106:10. Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in
want and in iron.
106:11. Because they had exasperated the words of God: and provoked the
counsel of the most High:
106:12. And their heart was humbled with labours: they were weakened,
and there was none to help them.
106:13. Then they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.
106:14. And he brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death;
and broke their bonds in sunder.
106:15. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his
wonderful works to the children of men.
106:16. Because he hath broken gates of brass, and burst iron bars.
106:17. He took them out of the way of their iniquity: for they were
brought low for their injustices.
106:18. Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they drew nigh even
to the gates of death.
106:19. And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he
delivered them out of their distresses.
106:20. He sent his word, and healed them: and delivered them from
106:21. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his
wonderful works to the children of men.
106:22. And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare his
works with joy.
106:23. They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the