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43 And gave them the lands of the heathen : and they took the labours of the people in poffeffion !

44 That they might keep his ftatuces : and observe his laws.

Psalm cvi. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and

his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Who can express the noble acts of the Lord : or shew forth all his praise ?

3 Blessed are they that alway keep judgment: and do righteousness.

4. Remember me, O Lord, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation.

5 That I may see the felicity of thy chosen : and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.

6 We have linned with our fathers : we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.. :

7 Our fathers regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, neither kept they thy great goodness in remembrance: but were disobedient at the fea, even at the Red sea.

8 Nevertheless, he helped them for his Names fake: that he might make his power to be known.

9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the deep, as through a wilderness.

10 And he saved them from the adversaries hand : and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cv.] This hymn was designed to perpetuate among the Israelites the remembrance of God's mercies, and to excite their gratitude. Though these events do not dire&tly regard Christians, yet they ought to preserve the remembrance of them, as affording matter for the molt edifying and inftructive meditations. But it is our duty, above all, to take occasion, from what is contained in this psalm, to raise our thoughts to the confideration of those signal mercies and spiritual blellings which God has communicated to us, by making with us a new covenant io Jesus Christ; by delivering us from the captivity of in, of the devil, and of death ; and by receiving us into his church,

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11 As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them : there was not one of them left.

12 Then believed they his words: and sang praise unto him.

13 But within a while they forgat his works : and would not abide his counsel.

14 But luft came upon them in the wilderness : and they tempted God in the desert.

15 And he gave them their desire: and sent leanness withal into their soul.

16 They angred Mofes also in the tents: and Aaron the faint of the Lord.

17 So the earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiram.

18 And the fire was kindled in their company : the fame burnt up the ungodly.

19 They made a calf in Horeb: and worshipped the molten image.

20 Thus they turned their glory : into the fimilitude of a calf that eateth hay.

21 And they forgat God their Saviour : who had done so great things in Egypt ;

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham : and fearful things by the Red sea.

23 So he said, he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before them in the gap : to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.

24 Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land: and gave no credence unto his word.

25 But murmured in their tents : and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.

26 Then lift he up his hand against them: to overthrow them in the wilderness;

27 To cast out their feed among the nations: and to scatter them in the lands.

28 They joined themselves unto Baal-peor : and ate the offerings of the dead.

29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions : and the plague was great among them.

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31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness : among all posterities for evermore.

32 They angred him also at the waters of strife : so that he punished Moses for their fakes;

33 Because they provoked his fpirit : so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 Neither destroyed they the heathen : as the Lord commanded them ;

35 But were mingled among the heathen: and learned their works.

36 Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which turned to their own decay : yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils.

37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their fons and of their daughters : whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.

38 Thus were they stained with their own works : and went a whoring with their own inventions.

39 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people : insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

40 And he gave them over into the hand of the heathen: and chey that hated them, were lords over them.

41 Their enemies oppressed them: and had them in subjection.

42 Many a cime did he deliver them: but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.

43 Nevertheless when he saw their adversity: he heard their complaint.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cvi.) To improve this psalm to our edification, we must observe chiefly these three things. i. The confesfion which the Jews made of their fins and rebellion, their murmurings and ingratitude, and the idolatry they had several times been guilty of. From hence we may learn, on one hand, not to imitate the ingratitude and infidelity of that people, fince God has conferred infinitely greater mercies on us than on them ; and on the other, to acknowledge and confess our fins before God, when

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44 He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies: yea, he made all thole that led them away captive to pity them.

45 Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen : that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.

46 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and world without end : and let all the people say, Amen.

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MORNING PRAYER.

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Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and

his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let them give thanks, whom the Lord hath redeemed: and delivered from the hand of the enemy;

3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east and from the west : from the north, and from the south.

4 They went altray in the wilderness out of the way: and found no city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty : their soul fainted in them.

6 So they cried unto the Lord in their trouble: and he delivered them from their distress,

7 He led them forth by the right way: that they might go to the city where they dwelt.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. we have offended him. 2. We here see, that whenever-the Israelites fell into disobedience, they felt the effects of God's wrath. God does not fuffer the disobedience of men to go unpunished ; but punishes the sins of those whom he has received into his covenant, and who abuse his favous: which he does in order to recover them to their duty. Therefore, when God vifits us, either with gencral calamities, or particular afflictions, inRead of marmuring, we ought to acknowledge the justice of his chaftiiemaines, make a right use of them, and be afraid to draw new ones upan ourselves by the hardness of our hearts. 3. It is said in this psalm, that God in his great goodness had bome with the Jews, taken pity on inem, and even delivered them upon fereral cccations. These are proofs of God's great mercy; that he is full of compassion and long-suffering to men, cven to those who have offended him; and is always ready to pardonnen, as soon as thry grow better by his creation, and to make then

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8 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodnels : and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men !

9 For he satisfieth the empty soul : and filleth the hungry soul with goodness;

10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : being fast bound in misery and iron.

11 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord : and lightly regarded the counsel of the most Highest:

12 He also brought down their heart through heaviness : they fell down, and there was none to help them.

13 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.

14 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death : and brake their bonds in funder.

15 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass: and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.

Foolish men are plagued for their offence: and be cause of their wickedness,

18 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat: and they were even hard at deaths door.

19 So when they cried unto the Lord in their trouble : he delivered them out of their distress.

20 He sent his word, and healed them: and they were saved from their deftruction.

21 O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !

22 That they would offer unto him the facrifice of thanksgiving: and tell out his works with gladness!

23 They that go down to the sea in ships : and occupy their business in great waters.

24. These men see the works of the Lord : and his wonders in the deep

25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth : which lift; eih up the waves thereof.

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