Psalms 120

* The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and

malicious tongues. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours.

(5-7)1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful

tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They

forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought

God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained

a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act

as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what

will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his

arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper,

which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the

portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie,

shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.
5-7 It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and

kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for

ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for

living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he

prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and

he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness,

striving to overcome evil with good
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