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2 The Lord is great in Sion, and high above to sit with me: the man that walked in the all people. perfect way, he served me.
3 Let them give praise to thy great name: for it is terrible and holy: 4 and the king's honour loveth judgment.
Thou hast prepared directions: thou hast done judgment and justice in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and adore his foot-stool, for it is holy.
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: 7 he spoke to them in the pillar of the cloud. They kept his testimonies, and the commandment which he gave them.
8 Thou didst hear them, O Lord our God: thou wast a merciful God to them, and taking vengeance on all their inventions.
All are invited to rejoice in God the creator of all. 1 A psalm of praise.
SING joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with gladness. Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves.
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.
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. PSALM CI. Domine, exaudi.
A prayer for one in affliction: the fifth penitential psalm.
The prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out his supplication before the Lord.
EAR, O Lord, my prayer: and let my cry come to thee.
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 me speedily.
4 For my days are vanished like smoke and my bones are grown dry like fuel for the fire. 5 I am smitten as grass, and my heart is wi
thered: because I forgot to eat my bread.
hath cleaved to my flesh. 6 Through the voice of my groaning, my bone
7 I am become like to a pelican of the wilderness: I am like a night-raven in the house. 8 I have watched, and am become as a sparWe are his people and the sheep of his pas-row, all alone on the house top. ture. 4 Go ye into his gates with praise, into his courts with hymns: and give glory to him Praise ye his name: 5 for the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth to generation and generation.
PSALM C. Misericordiam et judicium.
9 All the day long my enemies reproached me: and they that praised me did swear against me. 10 For I did eat ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.
11 Because of thy anger and indignation: for having lifted me up thou hast thrown me down.
The prophet exhorteth all by his example, to follow 12 My days have declined like a shadow, and
mercy and justice.
1 A psalm for David himself. MERCY ERCY and judgment I will sing to thee,
I will sing, 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.
3 I did not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the workers of iniquities.
4 The perverse heart did not cleave to me: and the malignant, that turned aside from me, I would not know.
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.
6 My eyes were upon the faithful of the earth, Ver. 4. Loveth judgment. Requireth discretion.-Ib. Directions. Most right and just laws to direct men.
Ver. 5. Adore his foot-stool. The ark of the covenant was called, in the Old Testament, God's foot-stool: 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 foot-stool of the divinity. So St. Ambrose, L. 3. De Spiritu Sancto, e. 12. And St. Augustine upon this psalm.
I am withered like grass.
13 But thou, O Lord, endurest for ever and thy memorial to all generations.
14 Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Sion: for it is time to have mercy on it, for the time is come.
15 For the stones thereof have pleased thy servants: and they shall have pity on the earth thereof.
16 And the Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 17 For the Lord hath built up Sion: and he shall be seen in his glory.
18 He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble: and he hath not despised their petition. 19 Let these things be written unto another generation: and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord:
Ver. 6. 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. Leviticus,8. So that his pre-eminence overAaron makes nothing for lay church headship.
Ver. 8. All their inventions. That is, all the enter prises of their enemies against them, as in the case of Core, Dathan, and Abiron.
Ps. 100. v. 2. I will understand, &c. 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 grace.
Ps. 101 v. 7. A pelican, &c. I am become, through grief, like birds that affect solitude and darkness.
20 Because he hath looked forth from his high and unto eternity upon them that fear him : sanctuary from heaven the Lord hath looked And his justice unto children's children, 18 te upon the earth. such as keep his covenant,
And are mindful of his commandments to do
21 That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters that he might release the chil-them. dren of the slain :
22 That they may declare the name of the Lord in Sion and his praise in Jerusalem. 23 When the people assemble together, and kings to serve the Lord.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven: and his kingdom shall rule over all. 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.
21 Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his, that do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works: in every place of his dominion, O my soul, bless thou the Lord.
24 He answered him in the way of his strength: Declare unto me the fewness of my days. 25 Call me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are unto generation and generation. 26 In the beginning, O Lord, thou foundedst the earth: and the heavens are theworks of thy hands. 27 They shall perish but thou remainest: and God is to be praised for his mighty works, and wonder
all of them shall grow old like a garment: And as a vesture thou shalt change them, and
they shall be changed. 28 But thou art always the self-same, and thy years shall not fail. 29 The children of thy servants shall continue: and their seed shall be directed for ever. PSALM CII.
Thanksgiving to God for his mercies.
1 For David himself.
PSALM CIII. Benedic, anima.
1 For David himself.
LESS the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my
Who stretchest out the heaven like a pavilion: 3 whocoverest the higher rooms thereof with water. Who makest the clouds thy chariot: who walkest upon the wings of the winds.
BLESS the Lord, O my soul: and let all 4 Who makest thy Angels spirits: and thy
that is within me bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for thee.
3 Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who heal eth all thy diseases.
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion. 5 Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle's. 6 The Lord doth mercies, and judgment for all that suffer wrong.
7 He hath made his ways known to Moses his wills to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful: long suffering and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always be angry: nor will he threaten for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.
13 As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him: 14 for he knoweth our frame.
He remembereth that we are dust: 15 man's days are as grass, as the flower of the field so shall he flourish.
16 For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be and he shall know his place no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity
** Exo. 34. 6. Num. 14. 8.-b Heb. 1. 7.
Ver. 24. 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, fc.
ministers a burning fire.
5 Who hast founded the earth upon its own bases it shall not be moved for ever and ever.
6 The deep like a garment is its clothing: above the mountains shall the waters stand. 7 At thy rebuke they shall flee: at the voice of thy thunder they shall fear.
8. The mountains ascend, and the plains defor them. scend into the place which thou hast founded
9 Thou hast set abound which they shall not pass over: neither shall they return to cover the earth. tween the midst of the hills the waters shall pass. 10 Thou sendest forth springs in the vales: be11 All the beasts of the field shall drink: the wild asses shall expect in their thirst.
12 Over them the birds of the air shall dwell: from the midst of the rocks they shall give forth their voices.
13 Thou waterest the hills from thy upper rooms: the earth shall be filled with the fruit of thy works:
14 Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for
the service of men.
That thou mayest bring bread out of the earth. 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. 16 The trees of the field shall be filled, and 17 there the sparrows shall make their nests. the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted: The highest of them is the house of the heron. 18 The high hills are a refuge for the harts, the
rock for the irchins.
19 He hath made the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 20 Thou hast appointed darkness, and it is night: in it shall all the beasts of the woods go about.
21 The young lions roaring after their prey, and seeking their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, and they are gathered together: and they shall lie down in their dens. 23 Man shall go forth to his work, and to his labour until the evening.
24 How great are thy works, O Lord! thou hast made all things in wisdom; the earth is filled with thy riches.
25 So is this great sea, which stretcheth wide its arms: there are creeping things without number. Creatures little and great. 26 There the ships shall go.
This sea-dragon which thou hast formed to play therein. 27 All expect of thee that thou give them food in season.
28 What thou givest to them they shall gather up: when thou openest thy hand, they shall all De filled with good.
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 their dust. 30 Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works. 32 He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble: he toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 Let my speech be acceptable to him: but will take delight in the Lord.
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.
10 And he appointed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting testament: 11 Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan, the lot of your inheritance. 12 When they were but a small number: yea very few, and sojourners therein : 13 And they passed from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people.
14 He suffered no man to hurt them: and he reproved kings for their sakes.
15 Touch ye not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets.
16 And he called a famine upon the land: and he broke in pieces all the support of bread. 17 He sent a man before them Joseph, who was sold for a slave.
18 They humbled his feet in fetters: the iron pierced his soul, 19 until his word came. The word of the Lord inflamed him. 20 The king sent, and he released him: the ruler of the people, and he set him at liberty. 21 He made him master of his house, and ruler of all his possession.
22 That he might instruct his princes as himself, and teach his ancients wisdom, 23h And Israel went into Egypt: and Jacob was a sojourner in the land of Cham. 24 And he increased his people exceedingly: and strengthened them over their enemies. 25 He turned their heart to hate his people: and to deal deceitfully with his servants.. 26 He sent Moses his servant: Aaron the man whom he had chosen.
271 He gave them power to shew his signs, and his wonders in the land of Cham.
28 m He sent darkness, and made it obscure: and grieved not his words.
A thanksgiving to God for his benefits to his people 29 "He turned their waters into blood, and de
GIVE IVE glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his deeds among the Gentiles. 2 Sing to him, yea sing praises to him: relate all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4 Seek ye the Lord, and be strengthened: seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvellous works which he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.
60 ye seed of Abraham his servant; ye sons of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
stroyed their fish.
Their land brought forth frogs, in the inner chambers of their kings.
31 P He spoke, and there came divers sorts of flies and cinifes in all their coasts.
32 He gave them hail for rain, a burning fire in their land.
33 And he destroyed their vineyards and their fig-trees: and he broke in pieces the trees of
34 He spoke, and the locust came, and the bruchus, of which there was no number: 35 And they devoured all the grass in their land, and consumed all the fruit of their ground. 36 And he slew all the first-born in their land: the first fruits of all their labour.
37 And he brought them out, with silver and gold: and there was not among their tribes one that was feeble.
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever: the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for 9 Which he made to Abraham; and his oath the fear of them lay upon them. to Isaac:
Intra, 145. 2.b 1 Par. 16. 8. Isa. 12. 4.- Gen. 22. 16.-d 2 Kin. 1. 14. 1 Par. 16. 22.- Gen. 37. 36.- Gen. 39. 20.- Gen. 41. 14.- Gen. 46. 6.- Exo. 1. 7. Acts, 7. 17.- Exo. 3. 10. & 4. 29. Exo. 7. 10.- Exo. 10. 21.-" Exo. 7. 20.- Exo. 8. 6.
39 He spread a cloud for their protection, from the sight of the benefits which God bestowed upon them.
Ver. 28. Grieved not his words: That is, he was not
- Exo, 8. 16. & 24.- Exo. 10. 12.-'Exo. 12. 29.- Exo. 12. wanting to fulfil his words: or he did not grieve Moses
35. Exo. 13. 21. Ps. 77. 14. 1 Cor. 10. 1.
Ps. 104. v. 25. He turned their heart, &c. 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,
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 darkness.
Ver. 31. Cinifes. See the annotation, Exod. ch. 8. v. 16. Ver. 34. Bruchus, an insect of the locust kind.
and fire to give them light in the night. 40 They asked, and the quail came: and he filled them with the bread of heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and waters flowed: rivers ran down in the dry land.
42 Because he remembered his holy word, which he had spoken to his servant Abraham. 43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness.
44 And he gave them the lands of the Gentiles: and they possessed the labours of the people: 45 That they might observe his justifications, and seek after his law.
PSALM CV. Confitemini Domino.
19 m They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing.
20 And they changed their glory into the like ness of a calf that eateth grass.
21 They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, 22 wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red sea.
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. 24 And they set at naught the desirable land.
They believed not his word, 25 and they mur
A confession of the manifold sins and ingratitudes of mured in their tents: they hearkened not to the the Israelites. Alleluia.
IVE glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Who shall declare the powers of the Lord! who shall set forth all his praises:
3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.
4 Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people visit us with thy salvation.
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. 6 'We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity. 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.
8 And he saved them for his own name's sake that he might make his power known.
9 And he rebuked the Red sea, and it was dried up and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness.
10 And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left.
12 And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.
13 They had quickly done, they forgot his works and they waited not for his counsel.
14 And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water. 15 And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls.
16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the congregation of Abiron. 18 And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked.
Exo. 16. 13.-b Num. 20. 11. Gen. 17. 7.-8 Jud. 13. 21.— Eccli. 43.35.-Jud. 7.19.- Exo. 14.22.-h Exo. 14.27.- Exo. 17.2.- Num. 11.31.- Num. 16. 32.- Exo. 32.4.- Exo. 32. 10. Num. 14.32.-P Num. 25.7.-9 Num. 20.10.-'Deut.30. Ver. 45. 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.
Ps. 105. v. 28. Initiated. That is, they dedicated, or
voice of the Lord.
26 And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert:
27 And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries. 28 They also were initiated to Beelphegor : and eat the sacrifices of the dead.
29 And they provoked him with their inventions and destruction was multiplied among them. 30 Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased.
31 And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore. 32 They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes: 33 because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips. 34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.
35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works: 36 and served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them. 37 And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.
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, 39 and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.
40 And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance. 41 And he delivered them into the hands of the nations and they that hated them had dominion over them.
42 And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands : 43 many times did he deliver them.
But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities. 44 And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.
45 And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies consecrated themselves to the idol of the Moabites and Madianites, called Beelphegor, or Baal-Peor. Numb. 25. 3.-Ibid. The dead, viz., idols without life.
Ver. 33. He distinguished with his lips. Moses, by occasion of the people's rebellion and incredulity, was guilty of distinguishing with his lips; wher, 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? Numb. ch. 20. v. 10.
46 And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives. 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.
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.
of wind: and the waves thereof were lifted up. 26 They mount up to the heavens, and they go down to the depths: their soul pined away with evils.
27 They were troubled, and reeled like a drunken man: and all their wisdom was swallowed up. 28 And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he brought them out of their distresses. 29 And he turned the storm into a breeze: and its waves were still.
30 And they rejoiced because they were still :
All are invited to give thanks to God for his perpetual and he brought them to the haven which they
providence over men.
his mercy endureth for ever.
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 countries, 3 From the rising and from the setting of the sun, from the north and from the sea.
4 They wandered in a wilderness, in a place without water: they found not the way of a city
for their habitation.
5 They were hungry and thirsty: their soul
fainted in them.
6 And they cried to the Lord in their tribulation:
and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them into the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him: and his wonderful works to the children of men. 9 For he hath satisfied the empty soul, and hath filled the hungry soul with good things. 10 Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in want and in iron.
11 Because they had exasperated the words of God: and provoked the counsel of the Most High: 12 And their heart was humbled with labours: they were weakened, and there was none to help
31 Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and his wonderful works to the children of men. 32 And let them exalt him in the church of the people: and praise him in the chair of the ancients. 33 He hath turned rivers into a wilderness: and the sources of waters into dry ground: 34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He hath turned a wilderness into pools of waters, and a dry land into water springs. they made a city for their habitation. 36 And hath placed there the hungry: and
yards: and they yielded fruit of birth. 37 And they sowed fields, and planted vine
38 And he blessed them, and they were multiplied exceedingly: and their cattle he suffered
not to decrease.
39 Then they were brought to be few: and they were afflicted through the trouble of evils and sorrow.
ces: and he caused them to wander where there 40 Contempt was poured forth upon their prin41 And he helped the poor out of poverty: was no passing, and out of the way. and made him families like a flock of sheep. 42 The just shall see, and shall rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Who is wise, and will keep these things: 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their afflic-and will understand the mercies of the Lord? tion: and he delivered them out of their distresses. 14 And he brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death: and broke their bonds in sunder.
15 Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to
PSALM CVII. Paratum cor meum.
The prophet praiseth God for benefits received. 1 A canticle of a psalm for David himself.
him, and his wonderful works to the childrenMY heart is ready, O God, my heart is
16 Because he hath broken gates of brass, and Durst iron bars.
17 He took them out of the way of their iniquity: for they were brought low for their injustices. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they drew nigh even to the gates of death. 19 And they cried to the Lord in their affliction: and he delivered them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them: and
delivered them from their destructions.
21Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him:
and his wonderful works to the children of men. 22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifice of praise: and declare his works with joy.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, doing business in the great waters:
24 These have seen the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 He said the word, and there arose a storm * Job, 22. 19.
ready: I will sing, and will give praise, with my glory.
3 Arise, my glory; arise, psaltery and harp: I will arise in the morning early. 4I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing unto thee among the nations. 5 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth even unto the clouds.
6 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, loved may be delivered. and thy glory over all the earth: 7 that thy be
Save with thy right hand and hear me. 8 God hath spoken in his holiness:
will mete out the vale of tabernacles. I will rejoice, and I will divide Sichem: and
9 Galaad is mine, and Manasses is mine: and Ephraim the protection of my head.
Juda is my king: 10 Moab the pot of my hope. Over Edom I will stretch out my shoe: the aliens are become my friends.
11 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?