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The e Wicked in their Pride do PERSECUTE the Poor :
And boast themfelves of their Heart's Defire, and bless the Coverous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
Through the PRIde of their Countenance, they will not feek after God; God is not in all their Thoughts :
Their Ways are always grievous; the JUDGMENTS of God are far above, out of their Sight. · They say in their Hearts, they shall not be (1) MOVED,
f) Rev. XVIII. S. Her Sins and that they Thall never be hath remembred
have reached unto Heaven, and God
her Iniquities. in ADVERSITY.
vcr. 7,8. For she faith in her Heart, Their Mouth is full of I fit a Queen, and am no Widow, Curfing, Deceit, and Fraud; shall her Plagues come in one Day,
and shall see no Sorrow. Therefore under their Tongue is Mif: Death, and Mourning, and Famine; chief and Vanity.
for STRONG is the Lord God, who von Covinheir Hearts JUDGETH her. God hath FORGOTTEN, he hideth his Face, he will ne- (8) 1 Pet. 111. 12. The Eyes of ver fee :
the Lord are over the RIGHTEOUS, But God beholdethley and his Ears are open to their Pray
Ders : But the face of the Lord is MISCHIEF and SPITE, to AGAINST them that do evil, requite it with his Hand. The Poor committeth himself to God, who is a HELPER of the FATHERLESS :
He will break the Arm of the wicked and the evil Man.
For the Lord is King for ever and ever, and the Heathen shall perish out of the Land,
The f Lord trieth the RIGHTEOUS; but the Wicked, and him that loveth Violence, his Soul hateth.
(b) Lake xxi, 34, 35. Take heed w avenho to your selves, lest at any time your
Hearts be overcharged with SURJhall rain snares, fire, ana FEITING and DRUNKENNESS, Brimstone, and an horrible and Cares of this Life, and so that Tempeft ; this shall be the Day come upon you unawares. For
as a Snare shall it come on all them Portion of their Cup.
that dwell on the Face of the whole For the righteous Lord Earth. loveth RIGHTEOUSNESS; his Countenance doth behold the Upright.
The 8 Fool hath faid in his Heart, There is no God ; they are corrupt, they do abominable Works :
They neither will understand, nor seek God.
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They (i) are altogether be- (i) See before Rom. III. 12, &c. come filthy.
The Workers of INIQUITY have no knowledge, who eat up God's People as they eat Bread, and call not upon the Lord.
But God is in the Generation of the RIGHTEOUS.
Their . Sorrows shall be multiplied, that hasten after another God.
The Hand i of God shall find out all his Enemies.
He shall make them as a fiery Oven, in the Time of his Anger; the Lord shall swallow them up in his Wrath, and the Fire shall devour them:
Their Seed shall be destroyed from the Earth. God k will give them according to their Deeds, and according to the Wickedness of their Endeavours, he will render to them their Deserts.
Because they regard not the Works of the Lord, por the Operation of his Hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
The ' lying Lips shall be put to Silence, which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the RIGHTEOUS.
Many m Sorrows shall be to the Wicked: But he that trusteth in the Lord, Mercy fhall compass him about.
The Face of the Lord is against them that do Evil, to cut off the Remembrance of them from the Earth.
Evil fhall slay the Wicked, and they that hate the Righteous shall be desolate :
They • shall be as Chaff before the Wind.
Their Way shall be dark and slippery, and the Angel of the Lord shall persecute them.
(k) Phil. 1. 19. Whose End DESTRUCTION (k) shall is DESTRUCTION, whose God is come upon them at unawares, their Belly, and whose Glory is in and the Net that they have their SHAME ; who mind carthly hid shall catch them selves. things.
The e Transgression of the Wicked faith, that there is no Fear of God before their Eyes.
They Aatter themselves in their own Eyes, until their INIQUITY be found to be hateful.'
Psalm xvI. 4. Psalm xxi. 8, 9, 10. k Psalm XXVIII. 4,5. ' Psalm xXXI. 18.. tu PS. XX11. 10. " PS. xxxiv. 16,21. • Pfalm xxxv. 5,6, 8. p Psalm XXXVI. 1, 2, 3, 4, 12.
Their Words are Iniquity and Deceit, they have left off to be wise and do good.
They devise Mischief upon their Beds.
The Workers of Iniquity are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
Confider 9 this, ye that forget God, left he tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
The Fool hath said in his Heart, There is no God; they are corrupt, and have done abominable INIQUITY.
God looked down upon the Children of Men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek the Lord.
They are altogether become filthy.
For the Workers of INIQUITY have no Knowledge, who eat up God's People as they eat Bread, and call not upon God."
Death - Shall seize upon them, and they shall go down quick into Hell; for Wickedness is in their Dwellings, and among them.
God shall hear and afflict them, even he. that abideth of old, because they have no Changes, therefore they see the former References. fear not God.
But the Lord will bring them down into the Pit of DESTRUCTION : Bloody and deceitful Men shall not live out half their Days.
Psalm L. 22.
- Psalm LIII. 1,t0 4.
Pf. Lv. 15, 19, 23.
In other parts of the Psalms, and of the Holy Scriptures, are contained many more Representations of the BL ESSE DNESS of the RIGHTEOUS, and the MiSERIES of the UNGODLY, too long to be here inserted.
VANITY, Shortness, and UNCERTAINTY
. OF HUMAN LIFE,
As it is represented in the P S A L M S , Compared with other Parts of the Scripture.
Y Heart a was hot (a) Job XIV. 1,2, 3. Man that is within me, while born of a Woman, is of few Days, I was musing, the
he and full of Trouble : He cometh I was muning, the forth like a FLOWER, and is cut Fire burned; then down; he feeth alfo as a SHADOW,
spake I with my and continueth not. And dolt thout Tongue.
open thine Eyes upon such an one,
ard bringelt him into JUDGMENT Lord, make me to know with thee? Cbron. XXIX. 15. For mine END, and the Measure we are Strangers before thee, and of my Days, what it is, that
Sojourners, as were all our Fathers.
Our Days on the Earth are as a I may know how (a) FRAIL SHADOW, and there is none abiding.
Ifai. xL. 6,7. All Flesh is Grals,
and all the Goodliness thereof is as the Flower of the field. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadeth, because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the People is Grass. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadeth, but the Word of our God fhall stand for ever. 1 Pet. 1. 24,25. All Flesh is as Grass, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grass : The Grass withereth, and the Flower thereof falleth away ; but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. • Pfalm XXXIX. 3, to 13: L 2
Behold, thou haft made (6) Ecclef. 1. 12, 13. I the Preachmy Days as an HAND- cr was King over israel in JerusaBREADTH, and mine Age is lem; and I gave my Heart to seek
and search out by Wisdom, concern- : as NOTHING before thee : ing all things Verily every Man, at his beft Heaven : This fore Travail hach State, is altogether (6) VA- God given to the Sons of Men, to
be exercised therewith. Chap. il. NITY.
to ver. 12. I said in mine Heart, Surely every Man walketh Go to now, I will prove thee with in a VAIN SHEW : Surely Mirth, therefore enjoy PLEAchou are dirauiored in pain': SURE; and behold, this is also VAthey are disquieted in vain; s
'Ž NITY. I said of Laughter, it is he heapeth up RICHES, and mad; and of Mirth, what doth it? knoweth not who shall ga- I sought in my Heart to give my ther them.
self unto WINE (yet acquainting
my Heart with WISDOM) and to And now, Lord, what lay hold on FOLLY, till I might see wait I for? My HOPE is what was that Good for the Sons of in thee.
Men, which they should do under
the Heaven, all' the Days of their Deliver me from all my Life. I made me great Works; I Transgressions; make me nut builded me Houses; I planted me the Reproach of the Foolish. Vineyards ; I made me Gardens and
Orchards, and I planted Trees in I was dumb, I opened not
them of all kind of Fruits: I made my Mouth, because thou didst me Pools of Water, to water thereit. .
with the Wood that bringeth forth * Remove thy STROKE a
Trees. I got me Servants and Mai
dens, and had Servants born in my way from me; I am con- House: Also I had great Possessions
of great and fmall Cattle, above all that were in Jerusalem before me. I gathered me also * Silver and Gold, and the peculiar Treasure of Kings, and of the Provinces. I gat mc Men Singers, and Women Singers, and the Delights of the Sons of Men, as musical Instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased, more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; also my Wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine Eyes defired, I kept not from them; I withheld not my Hcart from any Joy : For my Heart rejoiced in all my Labour; and this was my Portion of all my Labour. Then I looked on all the Works that my Hands had wrought, and on the Labour thac I had laboured to do, and behold, ALL was VANITY and VEXATION of SPIRIT, and there was no Profit under the Sin. ver. 26. For God giveth to a Man that is good in his fight, WISDOM, and KNOWLEDGE, and Joy; but to the Sinner he giveth TRAVAIL, to gather, and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is VANITY, and VEXATION of SPIRIT. Chap. III. 20, 21, All go unto one Place, and all turn to Dust again. Who knoweth thc Spirit of Man that goeth upward, and the Spirit of the Beast, that goeth downward to che Earth ?
* There was left by David to his Son Solomon, a thousand thousand Talents of Silver, and a hundred thousand Talents of Gold; which, according to the Bishop of Worcester's Computation of Jewish Talents, amounts to an immenfe Sum in Pounds sterling; which was vastly increal. cd by the Importations from Ophir.