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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE BOOK OF PSALMS. PSALM LXXIX. The main division of the Psalm contains twelve verses. These are divided, as is frequently the case, into three strophes, each consisting of four verses. Ver. 1-4 contains the representation of the misery :the land of the Lord has been taken possession of by the heathen, the temple desecrated, Jerusalem laid in ruins, the servants of God have been put to death, the people of God become the objects of contempt to their neighbours. The second and third strophes contain the prayer. The conclusion, ver. 13, containing the result of the whole, gives expression to confidence. The Psalm stands nearly related to the Ixxiv. ; the situation- is -the same, and they come a good deal in contact as regards the expression. Both Psalms refer to the Chaldean invasion. The Psalm before us proceeds on the supposition that the seventy- fourth had been previously composed, and supplements it. In the seventy-fourth Psalm the destruction of the sanctuary is pre-eminently and almost exclusively brought forward; but in the seventy-ninth it is referred to very briefly, for the purpose of indicating the passages which connect the two Psalms, and other subjects are put in the foreground. There is no good reason for the assertion which has been made, that the Psalm before us must have been composed previously to the seventy- fourth, as the Temple is there spoken of as entirely destroyed,whereas it is only its desecration that is spoken of here. The desecration does not exclude its destruction; the destruction is one of the forms of its desecration. Had the Psalmist designed, in allusion to the seventy-fourth, to speak of the sanctuary in one single expression, he could not possibly have found a stronger term than this : the most dreadful thing that can befal the s...
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