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The kings of the nations, who led forth their armies against Israel, were glad to flee apace for their lives; and the spoil was so great, that the women, who staid at home, had their shares in the division of it.
LXVIII. 13 Though you have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. Though ye have lain, like the drudges of the camp, in the hearths and sooty ranges of your tents, and thereby are soiled and deformed, yet, by God's mercifal deliverance, the case shall be so altered, as that ye shall be fair and beautiful, like a pleasantly. coloured dove, whose feathers are as overlaid with gold and silver.
LXVIII. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was wbite as snow in Salmon. And howsoever God's Church seemed to be overcast with darkness of discomfort, while tyrants oppressed her, yet now the Al. mighty hath subdued and put to fight the enemies thereof, it was white and glorious, like to the hill of Salmon, of itself dark and shady, when it is covered with snow.
LXVIII. 15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan ; an high hill as the hill of Bashan, Sion, which is God's hill where he pleaseth to dwell, may well compare with the fruitful bill of Bashan; in height if it may equal it, in dignity and privilege it is much above it.
LXVIII. 16 IVhy leap ye so, ye high hills? this is the hill which God delighteth to dwell in. Why do ye so proudly vaunt yourselves, () ye mighty mountains of the earth ? ye are all of no value to this hill, where the God of Heaven hath chosen to put his name.
LXVIII. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, eren thousands of angels : the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in his holy place.
The great Lord of Hosts is attended with thousand thousands of heavenly angels, which are the chariots of defence for his Church; powerful, irresistible : and, as he was waited on by these innumerable angels, on Mount Sinai, at his majestical delivery of the law, so is he now attended with them, though invisibly, in his holy hill of Sion, where he manifesteth his gracious presence to his people,
LXVIII 18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive : thou hast received gifts for men ; yea, even the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. O Saviour, thou art gloriously ascended up unto thy highest heavens, having first happily triumphed over all thine enemies, and dragged them captive after thee; and, immediately after that glo. rious ascension, thou hast sent down thy Spirit upon men, in the miraculous gifts thereof; which thou hast bountifully shed abroad, even upon those that were formerly rebellious against thee, that even by them, thou, O Lord, mightest magnify thyself in thy gracious inhabitation in them.
LXVIII. 20 Unto God the Lord belong the issues from death. Unto this Almighty Lord, who is the God of Spirits, do belong all the passages, both to and from death : he can deliver his from it, he can bring his enemies into it, as seemeth best unto him.
LXVIII. 22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea : The Lord hath said, Ye well know what deliverances I have wrought for my people ; how I caused them to pass through and conquer the country of Og, the great king of Bashan ; and how I led them through the Red Sea, in a miraculous fashion : my hand is not shortened; I will still work the very like deliverances for my people :
LXVIII. 23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. That, as it was in the destruction of the Egyptians, and in the conquest of Bashan and those other proud heathens, so again, thou mayest rejoice in the utter debellation and destruction of them that oppose themselves spitefully against the Church and Kingdom of Christ, so as thou mayest trample in their blood, and thy dogs may lick it up.
LXVIII. 24 They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary. () God, ail thy people have seen, and rejoiced to see, with what exultation and spiritual triumph, thou, my God and King, in that thy holy ark, when it marched from the house of Obed Edom, wentest up towards thy sacred tabernacle.
LXVIIİ. 26 Even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. Bless ye the Lord in the congregation of his people, all ye, that flow from that plentiful fountain of Israel.
LXVIII. 27. There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali. There are the tribes of Israel, ready and zealous to attend upon God : Benjamin, the least of all the tribes, is not the least forward ; but, together with their ruler, presents himself to this service: Judah, the royal tribe, with their noble leaders, strives to be seen in the front of this glorious train : and Zebulun and Napthali, though most remote in situation, yet in this holy solemnity, are not behind their fellows; but they and their princes put forth themselves, to celebrate this holy and happy procession of God's ark.
LXVIII. 28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength. O Israel, thy God hath decreed power and sovereignty unto thee; so as, notwithstanding all oppositions, thou shalt be strong and mighty.
LXVIII. 29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. When thou shalt have established thy temple at Jerusalem, the kings of the earth round about thee shall come thither, and offer presents and sacrifices there unto thy name,
LXVIII. 30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one subunit himself with pieces of silver : scatter thou the people that delight in war. O Lord, do thou confound those professed enemies of thy Church; both their great patrons and abettors, as also their servile and ignorant followers; and humble thou them so far, as till they shall submit theinselves to thy spiritual government, and yield their homage and tribute unto thy Son Christ : and, as for such as take pleasure in blood, and exercise wilful hostility against thy peos ple, do thou utterly destroy them and their designs.
LXVIII. 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to thee. The Gentiles shall come in, and yield subjection to thee; even those (which are most unlikely) from the loins of Cham, the princes of Egypt and Ethiopia; these shall sue to be received into the bosom of the Church.
LXIX. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing. O God, I am ready to be utterly swallowed up with the evils, which are come upon me: I find not any ground of comfort to rest my soul upon.
LXIX. 12 They that sit in the gate speak against me. The rulers and men of authority stick not to raise slanderous suge gestions against me.
LXIX. 22 Let their table become a snare to theni. Let all those comfortable helps, which thou hast given them here, be, in thy just judgment, turned into so many temptations, and occasions of their fall.
LXIX. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. Let the eyes of their understandings be so darkened, that they may not see the things belonging to their peace; and, as thou blindest their judgment, so do thou also weaken their strength, that they may be no less unfit for action.
LXIX. 27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Do thou so far give them over to the lawless desires and counsels of their own hearts, that they may add sin to sin, until their measure be full; and may not recover themselves, by a seasonable conversion unto thee.
LXIX. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. Take them away by some sudden judgment, from among the liv. ing: let not their names be recorded among thy faithful servants here, or thy saints above.
LXXI. 7 I am as a wonder unto many. There are many that gaze upon me in this my distressed condition, as if I were some uncouth monster, some rare spectacle of tby displeasure,
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LXXI. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God. I will go on, through the power of him that enables me, to glorify my God, and to win due praises to his name.
LXXII. 1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. O God, thou, by whom kings reigo, as thou bast called me, and my son Solomon after me, to the government of this kingdom, so do thou enable both me, for that little time I have to live, and him, in a happy succession to me, with those gifts of wisdom and knowledge, as also of justice and holiness, that are fit for so great a service.
LXXII. 2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. Let him govern thy people justly and uprightly; and even the poorer sort of them unpartially and wisely. ' LXXII. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. The very mountainous parts of the land, which used to be most barren, shall, under his peaceable and righteous government, yield a happy and joyful increase to their owners.
LXXII. 5 They shall fear thee us long as the sun and moon endure. O thou Saviour of Men, whose type my son Solomon shall be, men shall serve and devoutly worship thee, so long as the sun and moon shall shine upon the earth.
LXXII. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass. He shall be gentle and mild in his administration ; and sweet and gracious in his heavenly doctrine, which shall distil upon the hearts of men, as the still and gentle rain falls upon the mown grass ; so plausibly, so refreshingly.
LXXII. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. As the dominions of Solomon shall be large and spread far, so shall their extent be but a shadow of that unlimited kingdom, which pertains to the great Messiah, whom he figureth; for behold, all the nations of the earth, even from one end thereof unto the other, shall yield their subjection to his spiritual kingdom.
LXXII. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him. Even those, that are yet the most barbarous and savage people, shall submit themselves to the sceptre of his kingdom.
LXXII. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. The heathenish princes of remotest countries, yea, even those that are by the broadest seas divided from the firm lands, shall acknowledge the sovereignty of Christ; and, as in type, the queen of the south shall come to hear and admire the wisdom of Solomon, not without rich gifts in her hand, so shall all the far distant kings and princes of the world, come in and acknowledge their homage to this King of Kings.
LXXII. 15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba. He shall live for ever, whereas all eartbly princes shall lay down their corruptible crowns in the dust ; and so shall bis devout clients be affected to him, that they shall think their richest treasures tittest to be presented to him.
LXXII. 16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains ; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon. His blessing shall make the earth exceedingly fruitful; insomuch as one handful of corn sown upon those very hills, which inight carry the suspicion of barrenness, shall grow to a marvellous increase; and, with a plentiful ear, shall yield so large and strong a stalk, that, with the motion of the wind, it shall shake cedar-like,
LXXIII. 4. There are no bands in their death. There is neither pangs of body, nor remorse and terror of soul, in their death.
LXXIII. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness. They are pampered with the delicacies and pleasures of the world : they are full fed, and too well-liking.
LXXIII. 10,11 Therefore his people return hither : and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them, And they say, How doth God know? Therefore God's own people and dear children come to this pass, seeing that they are exercised with store of afflictions while the wicked prosper, as to say, Doth the God of Heaven take notice of these things, &c?
LXXIII. 15 If I say, I will speak thus ; behold, I should of fend against the generation of thy children. If I should yield to these weak thoughts, surely I should do wrong to the happy estate of thy faithful ones.
LXXIII. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for mei When I looked into the ground of this complaint, I found it was too deep for me, by my own natural discourse, to search into;
LXXIII. 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God. Until į betook myself to inquire into the holy will of my God, revealed by his prophets.
LXXIII. 18 Surely thou didst set then in slippery places. Surely thou hast so contrived it, that these wicked men, howsoever their places be high, yet they are slippery, and such as they shall never be able to hold their feet in, but must needs fall down into everlasting perdition.
LXXIII. 20 So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image, So, O Lord, when thou stirrest up thyself to execute judgment, thou shalt shew how little thou reckonest of this vain fancy, or dream, of the wicked man's prosperity.
LXXIII. 22 So ignorant I was, as a beast before thee, So ignorant was I, and so brutish in my misconceits of these prosperous conditions of wicked men.