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HANDY-BOOK OF THE PSALMS
FOR PLAIN PEOPLE.
THE REV. ARTHUR BROWN,
RECTOR OF CATFIELD.
S. W. PARTRIDGE & CO., 9 PATERNOSTER ROW.
THERE is no part of Holy Scripture more helpful to us in the warfare of life than the Psalms. They record the struggles and triumphs of the men of former days, who were themselves engaged in that warfare; and although the light they had was that of the Old Testament only, yet that very fact gives to them their greatest instructiveness, for we find their experience in exact accord with the teaching of the New. But the Psalms must be rightly understood. Their meaning does not always lie on the surface. And though much has been written to aid in the right understanding of them, expositions are, for the most part, so learned or so diffuse, that ordinary people, especially those who have not much leisure, are deterred from reading them; or if perchance they read them, are apt to lose the freshness and spirit of the Psalm in the very copiousness of the human comments thereon. What such plain people want is, some brief guiding hints to set them thinking out the psalm in the right direction for themselves.
The following notes are a humble attempt to supply this want. There is no pretension in them to anything else but common sense in reverent subordination to the teaching of "that Holy Spirit of promise," by whose inspiration each psalm, like every other part of Scripture, was originally written.
It only needs to be added that, as a rule (with very few and trifling exceptions), the Authorised Version has been