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(without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Excerpt: ... X. THE
BIBLICAL CONCEPTION OF PRAYER. In Psalm Ixxii. 20, we read: "The
prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended." But they were not
ended, as it is easy to shew. The Hebrew Psalter is divided into
five books, five separate collections, made at wide intervals, each
of which closes with a doxology.1 These books contain psalms,
hymns, and spiritual odes, composed during five hundred years, or,
if we include the Prayer of Moses, the man of God (Psalm xc),
during a thousand years, from the time of the Exodus down to that
of the Return from the Captivity in Babylon. The first book
includes Psalms i.-xli., most of which were probably written by
David, and was edited by Solomon, his son. The second book, or
collection, includes Psalms xlii.-lxxii., and was probably arranged
by "the men of Hezekiah."2 It contains a series of Psalms by "the
sons of Korah," written long after the time of David, and another
series by David himself. The motive which led the editors of this
second collection to issue it was probably this: that they had
discovered certain psalms composed by "the sweet singer of Israel"
which were omitted from the first collection. For these they had
made diligent search, recovering them perhaps from the memories of
an 1 See, for example, Psa. Ixxii. 18, 19 * Prov xxv. 1; and 2
Chron. xxix. 30. May, 1877. 22 Vol. v. cient men who had often sung
them in the Temple, or from the Temple manuscripts. So diligent had
been their search, that when they closed it, they believed that no
single psalm of David's had escaped them, that they had gleaned
every ear in this large and fertile field, leaving nothing for any
that should come after them. And hence they appended to their
collection the note, "The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are
ended;" i.e., "There are no more of t...
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