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The Psalmes of David

From the Hebrew David means “beloved”

 

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Chapter 57

To the Chaunter, destroy not Michtam of David,
when he fled from Saul into the cave.

      Be merciful unto me, O' God, be merciful unto me, for my soul trusteth in thee: and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until wickedness be overpast.
      I call unto God the most highest, even to the God that shall help me up again.       He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproof of him that would swallow me up. Selah.
      This shall God send, for his mercy and faithfulness sake.
      My lay with my soul among the cruel lions: even among the children of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
      Set up thyself, O' God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth.
      They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul: they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into it themselves. Selah.
      My heart is ready, O' God, my heart is ready to sing and give praise.
      Awake, O' my glory, awake lute and harp, I myself will awake right early.
      I will give thanks unto thee, O' Lord, among the people, I will sing praises unto thee among the Heathen. For the greatness of thy mercy reacheth unto the heavens, and thy faithfulness unto the clouds.
      Set up thyself, O' God, above the heavens, and thy glory be above all the earth.

 

 

 

Chapter 58

To the Chaunter, destroy not Michtam of David

      If your minds be upon righteousness in deed, then judge the thing that is right, O' ye sons of men.
      But ye imagine mischief in your hearts, and your hands deal with wickedness. The ungodly are *froward, even from their mothers womb: as soon as they be born, they go and stray and speak lies. They are as furious as the serpent, even like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ears. That she should not hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.
      Break their teeth ( O' God ) in their mouths, smite the *chaft bones of the lions whelps in sonder, O' Lord. That they may fall away, like water that runneth a pace: and that when they shoot their arrows, they may be broken. Let them consume away like a snail, and like the untimely fruit of a woman, and let them not see the *sunne.
       Or ever your thorns be sharp, that wrath shall take them quick, like a stormy wind.
      The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance, and shall wash his feet in the blood of the ungodly.
      So that a men shall say, verily there is a reward for the righteous: doubtless, there is a God that judgeth in the earth.
 

*froward = stubbornly contrary, disobedient, obstinate.
*chaft =is exactly as it appears in the original text, no spelling root or modern English alternative was found, could be; cheek or chest. *Here is the middle English word for "sun": as it appears exactly. note in other cases the word son : sonne, RN

 

 

 

Chapter 59

To the Chaunter, destroy not Michtam of David,
when Saul sent to watch the house, to the intent to kill him.

      Deliver me from mine enemies ( O' my God ) and defend me from them that rise up against me.
      O' deliver me from the wicked doers, and save me from the bloodthirsty men.
      For lo, they lie in waiting for my soul: the mighty men are gathered together against me, without any offense or fault of me, O' Lord. They run, and prepare themselves, without my fault: Arise, come thou help me, and behold.
      Stand up O' Lord God of Hosts, thou God of Israel to visit all Heathen: be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness. Selah.
      Let them go to and fro, and run about the city, howling like dogs. Behold, they speak ( against me ) with their mouth, swords are under their lips, for who reproveth them?
      But thou ( O' Lord ) shalt have them in *derision, thou shalt laugh the Heathen to scorn.
      My strength do I ascribe unto thee, for thou ( O' God ) art my defender.
      God showeth me his goodness plentiously, God letteth me see my desire upon mine enemies. Slay them not, lest my people forget it: but scatter them abroad by thy power, and put them down, O' Lord my defense. For the sin of their mouth, for the words of their lips, and because of their pride, let them be taken: and why? their preaching is of cursing and lies. Consume them in thy wrath, consume them that they may perish, and know that it is God, which ruleth in Jacob and in all the world. Selah.
      And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
      Let them go to and fro, and run about the city, howling like dogs. Let them run here and there for meat, and grudge when they have not enough.
      As for me, I will sing of thy power, and praise thy mercy by times in the morning: for thou art my defense and refuge in the time of my trouble. Unto thee ( O' my strength ) will I sing, for thou ( O' God ) art my defense, and my merciful God.

 

*derision = ridicule, contempt, mockery. RN

 

 

 

Chapter 60

      To the chaunter, upon the rose of witness, Michtam of David, for to teach: when he fought against Syria of Mesopotamia, and Syria of Zoba: and when Joab turned back, and slew twelve thousand Edomites, in the valley of Salt.
      
      O' God, thou hast cast us out and scattered us abroad, thou that hast been so sore displeased at us, comfort us again. Thou that hast removed the land and divided it, heal the sores thereof, for it shaketh. Thou hast showed thy people heavy things, thou hast given us a *drink of wine that we stumble with all.
      Yet hast thou given a token, for such as fear thee, that they may be cast up in the truth. Selah.
      That thy beloved might be delivered, help them with thy right hand, and hear me.
      God hath spoken in his Sanctuary ( which thing rejoiceth me) I will divide Sichem, and mete out the valley of Suchoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine, Ephraim is the strength of mine head, Judah is my Captain. Moab is my washpot, over Edom will I stretch out my shoe, Philistea, shall be glad of me.
      Who will lead me into the strong city? Who will bring me into Edom? Shall not thou do it, O' God, thou that hast cast us out: thou God, *that wentest not out with our hosts?
      O' be thou our help in trouble, for vain is the help of man.
      Through God we shall do great acts, for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

 

*This drink of wine signifieth the anger of the Lord, or the sufferance
of some plague, or cup of wrath as found in Revelation 14 MN
*When God stops giving victory to the armies. RN

 

 

 

Chapter 61

      Hear my crying ( O' God ) give heed unto my prayer.
      From the ends of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is in trouble: Oh set me up upon an high rock. For thou art my hope, a strong tower for me against my enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever, that I may be safe under the covering of thy wings. Selah.
      For thou, O' Lord, hast heard my desires, thou hast given an heritage unto those that fear thy name. Thou shalt grant the King a long life, that his years may endure throughout all generations. That he may dwell before God for ever: Oh let thy loving mercy and faithfulness preserve him.
      So will I all ways sing praises unto thy name, that I may daily perform my vows.

 

 

 

Chapter 62

      My soul waiteth only upon God, for of him cometh my help.
      He only is my strength, my salvation, my defense, so that I shall not greatly fall.      
      How long will ye imagine mischief against every man? ye shall be slain all of the sort of you: yee as a tottering wall shall ye be, and like a broken hedge. Their devise is only to put him out, their delight is in lies: they give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart. Selah.
      Nevertheless, my soul abideth only upon God, for he is my God.
      He only is my strength, my salvation, my defense: so that I shall not fall.
      In God is my health, my glory, my might and in God is my trust.
      O' put your trust in him always, ( ye people ) pour out your hearts before him, for God is our hope. Selah.
      As for men they are but vain, men are deceitful: upon the weights they are altogether lighter than vanity it self. O' trust not in wrong or robbery, give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
      God spake once a word, twice have I heard the same, that power belongeth unto God.
      That thou Lord art merciful, and that thou rewardest every man according to his works.

 

 

 

Chapter 63

A Psalme of David, when he was in the wilderness of Juda.

      O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee, my flesh longeth after thee in a barren and dry land, where no water is.
      Thus do I look for thee in thy Sanctuary, that I might behold thy power and glory.
      For thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
      For as long as I live I will magnify thee and lift up my hands in thy name.
      My soul is satisfied even as it were with merry and fatness, when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.
      In my bed I will remember thee, and when I wake my talking shall be of thee.
      For thou hast been my helper, and under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
      My soul hangeth upon thee, thy right hand upholdeth me.
      They seek after my soul, but in vain, for they shall go under the earth.
      They shall fall into the sword, and be a portion for foxes.
      But the King shall rejoice in God: all they that swear by him, shall be commended, for the mouth of liars shall be stopped.

 

 

 

Chapter 64

To the chaunter, a Psalme of David.

      Hear my voice, O' God, in my complaint, preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
      Hide me from the gathering together of the froward, from the heap of wicked doers. Which wet their tongues like a sword, and shoot with venomous words like as with arrows.      That they may privy hurt the innocent, and suddenly hit him without any fear.      They have devised mischief, and communed among themselves, how they may lay snares: tush ( they say ) Who shall see them? They imagine wickedness, and keep it secret among themselves, every man in the deep of his heart.
      But God shall suddenly shoot with an arrow, that they shall be wounded.
      Yee their own tongues shall make them fall, in so much that who so seeth them, shall laugh them to scorn. And all men that see it, shall say: this hath God done, for they shall perceive that it is his work.
      The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and put his trust in him: and all they that are true of heart.

 

 

 

Chapter 65

      Thou, O' God, art praised in Sion, and unto thee is the vow performed.
      Thou heatest the prayer, therefore cometh all flesh unto thee.
      Our misdeeds prevail against us, Oh be thou merciful unto our sins.
      Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and receiveth unto thee, that he may dwell in thy court: he shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
      Hear us, according to thy wonderful righteousness, O' God our salvation: thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the broad sea. Which in his strength setteth fast the mountains, and is girded about with power: Which stilleth the raging of the sea, the roaring of his waves, and the woodness of the people.
      They that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid of at thy tokens, thou makest both the morning and evening stars to praise thee.
      Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it, and makest it very plenteous. The river of God is full of waters, thou preparest man his corn, and thus thou providest for the earth.      Thou waterest her furrows, thou breakest the hard clots thereof, thou makest it soft with drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it. Thou crownest the year with thy good, and thy footsteps drop fatness. The dwellings of the wilderness are fat also, that they drop down withal: and the little hills are pleasant on every side.
      The folds are full of sheep, the valleys stand so thick with corn that they laugh and sing.

 

 

 

Chapter 66

To the chaunter, a Psalme of David.

      O' be joyful in God, all ye lands, sing praises unto the honor of his name, make his praise to be glorious.
      Say unto God: How wonderful are thy works? through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies be confounded. O' that all the world would worship thee, sing of thee, and praise thy name. Selah.
      O' come hither and behold the works of God, which is so wonderful in his doings among the children of men. He turned the sea into dry land, so that they went through the water on foot: therefore will we rejoice in him.
      He ruleth with his power for ever, his eyes behold the people: the *renegates shall not be able to exalt themselves. Selah.
      O' magnify our God, ye people, make the voice of his praise to be heard.
      Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to slip.
      For thou, O' God, hast proved us, thou hast tried us like as silver is tried.
      Thou hast brought us into captivity, and layed trouble upon our loins.
      Thou hast *suffered men to ride over our heads, we went through the fire and water, but thou hast brought us out, and refreshed us.
      Therefore I will go into thy house with burnt offerings, to pay the my vows, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee fat burnt sacrifices with the smoke of rams, I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
      Come and harken, all ye that fear God, I will tell you, what he hath done for my soul.
      I called unto him with my mouth, and gave him praises with my tongue.
      If I incline unto wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
      Therefore God hath heard me, and considered the voice of my prayer.
      Praised be God, which hath not cast out my prayer, nor turned his mercy from me.

 

*renegades = Hebrew carar (saw-ra') those that contradict: the truth, love, and will of God. ( loving contradiction ) This term "exalted" is then understood that these renegades" though exalted of the world, can not exalt themselves before God. RN
*suffered (allowed)

 

 

 

Chapter 67

To the chaunter, in Neginoth, a Psalme and song.

      God be merciful unto us, bless us, and show the light of his countenance upon us. Selah.
      That we may know thy way upon earth, thy saving health among all Heathen.
      Let the people praise thee, O' God, yee let all people praise thee. O' let the people rejoice and be glad, that thou judgest the people righteously, and governest the nations upon earth.
      Let the people praise thee, O' God, let all the people praise thee.
      God, even our own God, give us his blessings, that the earth shall bring forth her increase.
      God bless us, and let all the ends of the world fear him.

 

 

 

Chapter 68

To the chaunter, a Psalme and song of David.

      Let God arise, so shall his enemies be scattered, and they that hate him, shall flee before him.
      Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away: and like as wax melteth at the fire, so shall the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
      But the righteous shall be glad and rejoice before God, they shall be merry and joyful. O sing unto God, sing praises to his name: magnify him that rideth above the heavens (whose name is the Lord) and rejoice before him.
      He is a father of the fatherless, he is a defender of widows: even God in his holy habitation. He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in a house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity in due season, but letteth the renegades continue in scarceness.
      O' God, when thou wentest forth before the people, when thou wentest through the wilderness. Selah:
      The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God in Sinai, at the presence of God, which is the God of Israel. Thou, O' God sendest a *gracious rain, upon thine inheritance, and refresheth it, when it is dry.
      That thy beasts may dwell therin, which thou of thy goodness hast prepared for the poor.
      The Lord shall give the word, with great hosts of Evangelists.
      Kings with their armies shall flee, and they of the household shall divide the spoil.
      If so be that ye lay among the *pales, the doves feathers shall be covered with silver, and her wings the color of gold.
      When the Almighty setteth kings upon the earth, it shall be clear even in the darkness.
      The hill of Basan is Gods hill, the hill of Basan is a plenteous hill.
      Why hope ye so, ye great hills?
      It pleaseth God to dwell upon this hill, yee the Lord will abide in it for ever.
      The chariots of God are many thousand times a thousand, the Lord is among them in holy Sinai. Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts, for men: yee even for thine enemies, that they might dwell with the Lord God.
      Praised by the Lord daily even the God which helpeth us, and poured his benefits upon us. Selah.
      The that is our Savior, even God the Lord by whom we escape death. The God that smiteth the enemies upon the heads and upon the hearty scalps: such as go still in their wickednesses.
      The Lord hath said: some will I bring away from Basan, some will I bring again from the deep of the sea.
      That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and that thy dogs may lick it up.
      It is well seen, O' God, how thou goest, how thou my God and my King goest in the *Sanctuary.
      The singers go before, and then the minstrels among the maidens with tumbrels.
      O' give thanks unto God the Lord in the *congregation, for the wells of Israel.
            There is little *Benjamin, the Princes of Judah, the Princes of Zabulon, and the Princes of Nephtali bear rule among them.
       Thy God hath committed strength unto thee, stablish the thing, O' God, that thou hast wrought *in us.
      For thy temples sake at Jerusalem shall Kings bring presents unto thee.
      Reprove the beasts among the reeds, the heap of bulls with the calves: those that drive for money.
      Oh scatter the people that delight in battle.
      The Princes shall come out of Egypt, the *Morians land shall stretch out her hands unto God.
      Sing unto God, O' ye kingdoms of the earth: O' sing praises unto the Lord. Selah.
      Which setteth in the heavens over all from the beginning: Lo, he shall send out his voice, yee and that a mighty voice.
      Ascribe ye the power unto God, his glory is in Israel, and his might in the clouds.
      God is wonderful in his Sanctuary, he is the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

 

*By this gracious rain is signified the word and the gospel which is the law of the spirit and of life. MN *pales = pots ,vessels. *Sanctuary:This is to say; it is well known how God works, even in the hearts of men. RN *Note this word "congregation" is singular, as there is but one congregation. And is not many congregations of many compromises RN *Benjamin = "son of the right hand" Judah = "praised" Zebulun = "exalted" Naphtali = "wrestling" RN *Discern and see this "in " us rather than "for" us. RN *Moriah = "chosen by Jehovah"

 

 

 

Chapter 69

To the chaunter upon *Sosanim of David.
      
      Help me, O' God, for the waters are come in unto my soul.
      I sink fast in the deep mire, where no ground is, I am come into deep waters, and the floods will drowned me. I am weary of crying, my throat is dry, my sight faileth me, for waiting so long upon my God.
      They that hate me without a cause, are more than the hairs of my head, they that are mine enemies would destroy me guiltless and mightily: I am *fain to pay the things that I never took.
      God thou knowest my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.
      Let not them that trust in thee, O' Lord God of Hosts, be ashamed for my cause: let not those that seek thee, be confounded through me, O' God of Israel. And why? for thy sake do I suffer reproof, shame covereth my face.
      I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mothers children.
      For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me, and the rebukes of them that rebuke thee, are fallen upon me. I wept and chastened myself with fasting, and that was turned to my reproof. I put on a sackcloth, and therefore they jested upon me. They that sit in the gate, speak against me, and the drunkards made songs upon me.
      But Lord I made my prayer unto thee in an acceptable time. Hear me, O' God, with thy great mercy and sure help.
      Take me out of the mire, that I sink not: Oh let me be deliver from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
      Lest the waterflood drowned me, that the deep swallow me not up, and that the pit shut not her mouth upon me.
      Hear me, O' Lord, for thy lovingkindness is comfortable: turn thee unto me according to thy great mercy.
      Hide not thy face from thy servant, for I am in trouble: O' hast thee to help me. Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it: Oh deliver me because of mine enemies.
      Thou knowest my reproof, and my shame and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all in thy sight. The rebuke breaketh my heart, and maketh me heavy: I look for some to have pity upon me, but there is no man: and for some to comfort me, but I find none.
      They gave me gall to eat, and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
      Let their *table be made a snare to take themselves withal, an occasion to fall and a reward unto them. Let their table be made a snare. Let their eyes be blinded, that they see not: and ever bow down their backs. Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful displeasure take hold of them. Let their habitation be void, and no man to dwell in their tents.       For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten, and beside thy wounds they have given him more.
      Let them fall from one wickedness to another, and not come into thy righteousness.
      *Let them be wiped out of the book of the living, and not be written among the righteous.
      As for me, I am poor and in heaviness, let thy help defend me, O' God.
      That I may praise the name of God with a song, and magnify it with thanksgiving.
      This shall please the Lord better than an a bullock, that hath horns and hoofs.
      O' consider this and be glad ( ye that be in adversity ) seek after God and your soul shall live.
       For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
      Let heaven and earth praise him, the sea, and all that moveth therein.
      For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah, that men may dwell there, and have them in possession.
      The seed of his servants shall inherit it, and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

 

*Sosanim from the Hebrew ; lily; a longing desire of. *fain = obliged/ willing. RN
*table: That is, let their opinion and doctrine be the cause of their stiffness and destruction: as was come to the Jews. MN
*Note the names are already written in the book, he that overcometh shall not have his name to be put out of the book of life. Revelation 3, 1st paragraph. RN

 

 

 

Chapter 70

To the chaunter, of David to bring to remembrance.

      Haste thee, O' God, to deliver me, and to help me, O' Lord.
      Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that wish my evil.
      Let them soon be brought to shame, that cry over me, there, there.
      But let all those that seek thee, be joyful and glad in thee: and let all such as delight in thy saving health, say always: the Lord be praised.
      As for me, I am poor and in misery, haste thee God for to help me.
      Thou art my help, my redeemer, and my God: Oh make no long tarrying.

 

 

 

Chapter 71

      In thee, O' Lord, is my trust, let me never be put to confusion, but rid me, and deliver me through thy righteousness: incline thine ear unto me, and help me. Be thou my stronghold,( whereunto I may always flee ) thou that hast promised to help me: for thou art my house of defense and my castle.
      Deliver me, O' my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
      For thou, O' Lord God, art the thing that I long for, thou art my hope even from my youth. I have leaned upon thee ever since I was born, thou art he that took me out of my mothers womb, therefore is my praise always of thee.
      I am become a wonder unto the multitude, but my sure trust is in thee.
      Oh let my mouth be filled with thy praise and honor all the day long.
      Cast me not away in mine old age, forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
       For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul, take their counsel together, saying: God hath forsaken him, persecute him, take him, for there is none to help him.
      Go not far from me, O' God: my God, haste thee to help me.
      Let them be confounded and perish, that are against my soul: let them be covered with shame and dishonor, that seek to do me evil.
      As for me, I will patiently abide always, and will ever increase thy praise. My mouth shall speak of thy righteousness and saving health all the day long, for I know no end thereof. Let me go in ( O' Lord God ) and I will make mention of thy power and righteousness only.
      Thou, O' God, hast learned me from my youth up until now, therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works. Forsake me not, in mine old age, when I am grey headed: until I have showed thy arm unto childrens children, and thy power to all that are yet for to come.
       O what great troubles and adversities hast thou showed me? and yet didest thou turn and refresh me: yee and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again. Thou hast brought me to great honor, and comforted me on every side.
      Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, O' God, playing on the lute, unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou holy one of Israel. My lips would fain sing praises unto thee: and so would my soul whom thou hast delivered.
      My tongue talketh of thy righteousness all the day long, for they are confounded and brought unto shame, that sought to do me evil.

 

 

 

Chapter 72

      Give the king thy judgments, O' God, and thy righteousness unto the kings son.      
      That he may govern thy people according to right, and defend the poor.
      That *mountains may bring peace, and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
       He shall keep the simple folk by their right, defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
      Thou shalt be feared as long as the sun and moon endureth, from one generation to another.
      He shall come down like rain in to a fleece of wool, and like the drops that water the earth.
      In his time shall righteousness flourish, yee and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
      His dominion shall be from the one sea to the other, and from the flood unto the worlds end.
      They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him, and his enemies shall *lick the dust.
      The Kings of the isles shall bring presents, the Kings of Araby and Saba shall offer gifts.
      All Kings shall worship him, all Heathen shall do him service.
      For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth, and the needy that hath no help.
      He shall be favorable to the simple and poor, he shall preserve the souls of such as be in adversity. He shall deliver their souls from extortion and wrong, and dear shall be their blood be in his sight.
      He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
      There shall be an heap of corn in the earth high upon the hills, his fruit shall shake like Libanus, and shall green in the city, like grass upon the earth.
      His name shall endure forever, his name shall remain under the sun among the posterities, which shall be blessed through him, and all the Heathen shall praise him.
      Blessed is the Lord God, even the God of Israel, which only doeth wondrous things.
      And blessed be the name of his majesty forever, and all the lands be filled with his glory. Amen, Amen.

      Here end the prayers of David the son of Jesse.

 

*By the mountains are understood the great men and rulers that receive the word of peace and by the little hills, their subjects. Psalms 114, 118 and Luke 3 MN
*that is humbled even to the kissing of the ground. MN

 

 

 

Chapter 73

      O' How loving is God unto Israel, to such as are of a clean heart?
      Nevertheless my feet were almost gone, my treadings had well nigh slipped.
      And why? I was grieved at the wicked, to see the ungodly in such prosperity.
      For they are in no peril of death, but stand fast like a palace.
      They come in no misfortune like other folk, neither are they plagued like other men. And this is the cause that they be so puffed up in pride, and overwhelmed with cruelty and unrighteousness. Their eyes swell for fatness, they do even what they list.
      Corrupt are they, and speak blasphemies maliciously, proud and presumptuous are their words. They stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven, and their tongue goeth through the world.
      Therefore fall the people unto them, and there out suck they no small advantage.
      Tush ( they say ) How should God perceive it? is there knowledge in the most highest? Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, these have riches in possession.
      Should I then cleanse my heart in vain, ( thought I ) and *wash my hands in innocency?
      Wherefore should I be then punished daily, and be chastened every morning?
      Yee I had almost said even as they do: but lo, then should I have condemned the generation of thy children.
      Then I thought I to understand this, but it was too hard for me.
      Until I went into the Sanctuary of God, and considered the end of these men.
      Namely how thou hast set them in a slippery place, that thou mayest cast them down *headlyings and to destroy them.
      O how suddenly do they consume, perish and come to an end.
      Yee even like as a dream when one awaketh, so makest thou their *image to vanish out of the city.
      Thus my heart was grieved, and it even went through my reins.
      So foolish was I and ignorant, and as it were a beast before thee.      
      Nevertheless I am always by thee, thou hast holdest me by my right hand.
      Thou leadest me with thy counsel, and afterward receivest me unto glory.
      O what is there prepared for me in heaven? there is no thing upon earth, that I desire in comparison of thee. My flesh and my heart faileth, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
      For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish: thou destroyest all them that *commit fornication against thee.
      But it is good for me, to hold fast by God, and to speak of all thy works.
 

To wash his hands in innocency isto show his life to be pure and without       reproof, as said in Psalms 26 MN. Is this headlines or head lyings? RN
*image to vanish out of the city. * that is their esteem or glory. MN
*They commit fornication against him, that put their trust in any other than him alone. MN

 

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