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The Psalmes of David

From the Hebrew David means “beloved”

(Part Three)


The Thirty Ninth Psalme
To the Chaunter for *Jduthun, a Psalme of David.
Jduthun is the Hebrew name meaning "praising"
     I said: I will keep my ways that I offended not in my tongue.
     And so I shut my mouth, while the ungodly layed wait for me.
     I held my tongue, I was dumb, I kept silence, yes even from good words, but it was pain and grief to me.
     My heart was hot within me, I was thus musing, the fire kindled: so that I spoke with my tongue,
     Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days: that I may be certified what I want.
     Behold, you have made my days a span long, and my life as if it were nothing before you.
     O' how vain are all men living? Selah Yes every man walks as it were a shadow, and disquiets himself in vain: he heaps up riches, and can not tell to whom he gathers them.
     And now Lord wherein shall I comfort me? my hope is in you.
     Deliver me from all mine offenses, and make me not a scorn unto the foolish.
     I kept silence, and opened not my mouth, for you have done it.
     Turn your plagues away from me, for I am consumed through the fear of your hand.
     When you punishest man for sin, you chasten him: so that his beauty consumes away, like as it were a moth. O' how vain are all men. Selah.
     Hear my prayer O' Lord, and consider my calling: show not yourself as though you saw not my tears. For I am a stranger and pilgrim with you, as all my forefathers were.
     Oh spare me a little that I may refresh myself, before I go from here, now, and be no more seen.

The Fortieth Psalme
To the chaunter , a Psalme of David.
     I waited patiently for the Lord, which inclined himself unto me: and heard my calling.
     He brought me out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay: he set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
     He has put a new song in my mouth, even a thanksgiving unto our God.
     Many men seeing this, shall fear the Lord, and put their trust in him.
     Blessed is the man that sets his hope in the Lord, and turns not to the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
     O' Lord my God, great are your wondrous works which you have done: and in your thoughts toward us there may none likened unto you.
     I would declare them, and speak of them: but they are so many, that they can not be told.
     Sacrifice and offering you would not have, but a body have you obtained me: burntoffering and sacrifice for sin you have not allowed.
     Then said I: Lo, I come. In the beginning of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfill your will O' my God, and that Iam content to do: yes, your law is within my heart.
     I will preach of your righteousness in the great congregation: Lo, I will not refrained my lips, O' Lord, and that you know.
     I do not hide your righteousness in my heart, my talking is of your truth and saving health: I kept not your loving mercy and faithfulness back from the great congregation.
     Turn not your mercy from me, O' Lord, but let your lovingkindness and truth always preserve me.
     For innumerable troubles are come about me: my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am not able to look up: yes they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart has failed me.
     O' Lord, let it be your pleasure to deliver me, make haste (O' Lord) to help me.
     Let them be ashamed and confounded, that seek after my soul, to destroy it: let them fall backward and be put to confusion, that wish me evil.
     Let them soon be brought to shame, that cry over me: there, there.
     But let all those that seek you, be joyful and be glad in you: and let all such as delight in your saving health, say always: The Lord be praised.
     As for me, I am poor and in misery, but the Lord cares for me.
     You are my helper and redeemer, make no long tarrying, O' my God.

The Forty First Psalme
To the chaunter, a Psalme of David.
     Blessed is he, that considers the poor: the Lord shall deliver him in time of trouble.
     The Lord shall preserve him, and keep him alive: he shall make him to prosper upon the earth, and shall not deliver him into the will of his enemies.
     The Lord shall refresh him, when he lies sick upon his bed, yes you make his bed in all his sickness.
     I said: Lord be merciful unto me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.
     Mine enemies speak evil upon me: when shall he die, and his name perish?
     Though he came in to see, yet meaned he falsehood in his heart, heaping mischief upon himself.
     All they that hate me, run together against me, and imagine evil against me.
     They have given a wicked sentence upon me: when he lies, he shall rise up no more.
     Yes, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted, which did eat my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
     But be you merciful unto me (O' Lord) raise you me up, and I shall reward them.
     By this I know that you favour me, that my enemy shall not triumph over me.
     You have upheld me because of my innocency, and set me before your face for ever.
     Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from here, now forth and forever more, Amen, Amen.

The Forty Second Psalme
To the Chaunter, a *monition of the sons of *Korah
*Advice to take forewarning of something imminent
*Korah = baldness, something lost

     Like as the hert pants after the water brooks, so longs my soul after you, O' God.
     My soul is a thirst for God, yes even for the living God: when shall I come, and behold the face of God?
     My tears are my meat day and night, while it is daily said unto me: Where is now your God?
     Now when I think there upon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I would *faine go here, now with the multitude, and pass over with them unto the house of God, in the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among such as keep holy day.
*faine = obliged/ willingly RN
     Why are you so full of heaviness (O' my soul) and why are you unquiet within me?
     O' put your trust in God, for I will yet give him thanks, for the help of his countenance.
     My God, my soul is vexed within me: therefore I remember the land of Jordan, and the little hill of Hermonim.
     One deep calls another with the voice of your whistles, all your waves and water floods are gone over me.
     The Lord has promised his lovingkindness daily, therefore I will praise him in the night season, and make my prayer unto the God of my life.
     I will say unto God my stoney rock, Why have you forgotten me? why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?
     While my bones are broken, and while mine enemies cast me in the teeth, daily saying unto me: Where is now your God?
     Why are you so heavy (O' my soul)? and why are you so disquieted within me? O' put your trust in God, for I will yet thank him for the help of his countenance, and because he is my God.

The Forty Third Psalme
     Give sentence upon me (O' God) and defend my cause against the ungodly people: Oh deliver me from the deceitful, and wicked man.
     For you (O' God) are my strength: why have you shot me from you? Why go I then so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?
     Oh send out your light and your truth, that may lead me and bring me unto your holy hill, and to your dwelling.
     That I may go in to the altar of God, even unto the God which is my joy and pleasure, and upon the harp to give thanks unto you, O' God, my God.
     Why are you so heavy (O' my soul)? and why are you so disquieted within me? O' put your trust in God, for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance, and because he is my God.

The Forty Fourth Psalme
To the Chaunter, an instruction of the sons of *Korah
*Korah = baldness, something lost
     We have heard with our ears, (O' God) our fathers have told us, what have done in their time of old.
     How you have driven out the Heathen with your hand, and planted them in: how you have destroyed the nations and cast them out.
     For they got not the land in possession through their own sword, neither was it their own arm that helped them.
     But your right hand, your arm and the light of your countenance, because you had a favor unto them.
     You are the King and my God, you sendest help unto Jacob.
     Through you, will we over throw our enemies: and in your name will we tread them under, that rise up against us.
     For I will not trust in my bow, it is not my sword that shall help me.
     But it is you that saves us from our enemies, and put them to confusion that hated us.
     We will always make our boast of God, and praise your name for ever. Selah.
     But now you foresake us, and put us to confusion, and go not forth with our Hosts.
     You make us to turn our backs upon our enemies, so that they which hate us, spoil our goods.
     You let us be eaten up like sheep, and scatter us among the Heathen.
     You sell your people for nought, and take no money for them.
     You make us to be rebuked of our neighbors, to be laughed to scorn and had in *derision, of them that are round about us. *derision = contemptuous ridicule, a laughing stock. RN
     You have made us a very byword among the Heathen, and that the people shake their heads at us.
     My confusion is daily before me, and the shame of my face covers me.
     For the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer, for the enemy and avenger.
     All this is come upon us, and yet have we not forgotten you, nor behaved our selves unfaithfully in your covenant.
     Our heart is not turned back, neither our steps gone out of your way.
     For you have smitten us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
     If we had forgotten the name of our God, and hold up our hands to any strange God.
     Should not God find it out? for he knows the very secrets of the heart.
     But for your sake are we killed all the day long, and are counted as sheep appointed to be slain.
     Up Lord, why sleep you, Awake, and cast us not off for ever.
     Wherefore hide you your face? will you clean forget our misery and oppression?
     For our soul is brought low even unto the dust, and our belly cleaves unto the ground.
     Arise O' Lord, help us, and deliver us for your mercies sake.

The Forty Fifth Psalme
To the Chaunter , upon Sosanim,
an instruction of the children of Korah, a song of love.

     My heart is *inditing a good matter, I speak of that, which I have made of the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. *inditing = to write, or speak for recording RN
     You are the fairest among the children of men, full of grace is your lips, therefore God blesses you for ever.
     Gird your with your sword upon your thigh, (O' you mighty) with worship and renown.
     Good luck have you with your honor, ride on with the truth, meekness and righteousness: and your right hand shall teach you wonderful things.
     Thine arrows are sharp, the people shall be subdued unto you, even in the middle among the kings enemies.
     Thy seat (O' God) endures for ever: the scepter of your kingdom is a right scepter.
     You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: wherefore God (which is your God) has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
     All your garments are like myrrh, Aloes and Cassia, when you come out of your ivory palaces in your beautiful glory.
     Kings daughters go in your goodly array, and upon your right hand stands the queen in a vesture of the most fine gold.
     Hearken (O daughter) consider, and incline your ear: forget your own people, and your fathers house.
     So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty, for he is your Lord, and you shall worship him.
     And the daughters of Tyre shall be there with gifts, the rich among the people shall make their supplication before you.
     The kings daughter is all glorious within, her clothing is of wrought gold.
     She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework, and maidens after her: such as be next her shall be brought unto you.
     With joy and gladness shall they be brought, and go into the kings palace.
     Instead of your fathers you have gotten children, whom you shall make princes in all lands.
     I will remember your name from one generation to another: therefore shall the people give thanks unto you, world without end.

The Forty Sixth Psalme
To the Chaunter, a song of the children of Korah upon almuth.
     In our troubles and adversity, we have found, that God is our refuge, our strength and help.
     Therefore will we not fear, though the earth fell, and though the hills were carried into the midst of the sea.
     Though the waters of the sea raged and were never so troublous, and though the mountains shook at the tempest of the same. Selah.
     For there is a flood, which with his righteousness rejoices the city of God, the holy dwelling of the most highest.
     God is in the midst of her, therefore she shall not be removed: God helps her, and that right early.
     The Heathen are mad, the kingdoms make much ado: but when he shows his voice, the earth melts away.
     The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our defense. Selah.
     O' come hither, and behold the works of the Lord, what destructions he has brought upon the earth.
     He has made wars to cease in all the world: he has broken the bow, he has *knapped the spear in sunder, and burnt the chariots in the fire.
*knapped = To break or chip stone RN
     Be still then and confess that I am God: I will be exalted among the Heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
     The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our defense. Selah.

The Forty Seventh Psalme
To the Chaunter, a song of the children of Korah
     O' clap your hands together (all you people) O sing unto God with the voice of thanksgiving.
     For the Lord the most highest is to be feared, and is the great king upon all the earth.
     He shall subdue the people under us, and the Heathen under our feet.
     He chooses us for an heritage, the beauty of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
     God is gone up with a merry noise, and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
     Sing praises, sing praises unto God: O' sing praises, sing praises unto our King.
     For God is the king of all the earth, O' sing praises unto him with understanding.
     God is king the Heathen, God sits in his holy seat.
     The princes of the people are gathered together unto the God of Abraham: for God is far higher exalted, then the mighty lords of the earth.

The Forty Eighth Psalme
To the Chaunter, a song of the children of Korah
     Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised in the city of our God, even upon his holy hill.
     The hill of Sion is like a fair plant, whereof all the land rejoices: upon the north side of the city of the great king.
     God is well known in her palaces, that he is the defense of the same.
     For lo, kings are gathered, and gone by together.
     They marveled, to see such things: they were astounded, and suddenly cast down.
     Fear there came upon them, and sorrow as of a woman in travail.
     You shall break the ships of the sea, through the east wind.
     Like as we have heard, so see we in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God. God upholds the same forever. Selah.
     We wait for your lovingkindness (O' God) in the midst of your temple.
     O' God, according to your name, so is your praise unto the worlds end: your right hand is full of righteousness.
     Oh let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughters of Judah be glad, because of judgments.
     Walk about Sion, go round about her, and tell her towers.
     Mark well her walls, set up her houses, that it may be told them that come later.
     For this God is our God for ever and ever, and he shall always be our guide.

The Forty Ninth Psalme
To the Chaunter, a song of the children of Korah
     Hear this, all you people: ponder it well, all you that dwell upon the earth.
     High and low, rich and poor, one with another.
     My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and my heart shall *muse of understanding.
*muse = to be absorbed into ones thoughts RN
     I will incline mine ear to the parable, and show my dark speech upon the harp. Wherefore should I fear the evil days, when the wickedness of my heels compass me round about?
     They that put their trust in their good, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.
     No man may deliver his brother, nor make agreement unto him for God.
     For it costs more to redeem their souls, so that he must let that alone for ever.
     For it shall be seen, that such wise men shall die and perish together, as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their goods for others.
     Look what is in their houses, it continues still: their dwelling places endure from one generation to another, and are called after their own names upon the earth.
     Nevertheless man abides not in such honor, but is compared unto the brute beasts, and becomes like unto them.
     This way of theirs is very foolishness, and yet their posterity praise it with their mouth. Selah.
     They lie in hell like sheep, death shall gnaw upon them, and the righteous shall have dominion of them in the morning by times, their strength shall consume, and hell shall be their dwelling.
     But God shall deliver my soul from the power of hell, when he receives me. Selah.
     Be not you afraid, when one is made rich, and the glory of his house is increased.
     For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dies, neither shall his pomp follow him.
     While he lives, he is counted an happy man: and so long as he is in prosperity, men speak good of him.
     But when he follows his fathers generation, he shall never see light any more.
     When a man is in honor and has no understanding, he is compared unto the brute beasts, and becomes like unto them.

The Fiftieth Psalme
The Psalm of *Asaph
     Asaph = "gatherer" acaph; to gather, receive, remove, gather in by 046 'abiyr {awbeer'}
strong, mighty one used only to describe God. RN

     The Lord even the mighty God has spoken, and called the world from the rising of the *son unto the going down of the same. *Note exactly from the middle English this word "sonne" is son, the middle English word for sun is "sunne".
     Out of Sion appears the glorious beauty of God.
     Our God shall come, and not keep silence: there goes before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest round about him.
     He shall call the heavens from above, and the earth, that he may judge his people.
     Gather my saints together unto me, those that set more by the covenant then by sacrifice.
     And the heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God is judge himself. Selah.
     Hear, O my people: let me speak, let me testify among you, O Israel: I am God, even your God.
     I reprove you not because of your sacrifice, your burntofferings are always before me.
     I will take no bullocks out of your house, nor he goats out of your folds.
     For all the beasts of the field are mine, and thousands of cattle upon the hills.
     I know all the fowls upon the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight.
     If I be hungry, I will not tell you: for the whole world is mine, and all that therein is.
     Think you, that I will eat the flesh of oxen, or drink the blood of goats?
     Offer unto God praise and thanksgiving, and pay your *vows unto the most highest. * that is after the will of God MN
     And call upon me in the time of trouble, so will I hear you, and you shall thank me.
     But unto the ungodly says God: Why do preach my laws, and take my covenant in your mouth?
     Where as you hate to be reformed, and cast my words behind you.
     If you see a thief, you run with him, and are partaker with the advouters. *advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God see James 2 for adultery
     You let your mouth speak wickedness, and your tongue pains deceit.
     You sit and speak against your brother, yes and scandalize your own mothers son.
     This you do, while I hold my tongue: and think me to be even such one as yourself: but I will reprove you, and set myself against you.
     O consider this, you that forget God: least I pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you.
     Whoso offers me thanks and praise, he honors me: and this is the way, whereby I will show him the saving health of God.

The Fifty First Psalme
To the chaunter, a Psalme of David,
when the Prophet *Nathan came unto him,
after he was gone in to *Bethsabe.

*Nathan = "giver" *Bathsheba = "daughter of an oath" mother of Solomon
     Have mercy upon me (O' God) after your goodness, and according unto your great mercies, do away with my offenses.
     Wash me well from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin.
     For I knowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
     Against you only, against you have I sinned, and done evil in your sight: that you might be justified in your sayings, and should over come when you are judged.
     Behold, I was born in wickedness, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
     But lo, you have a pleasure in the truth, and have showed me secret wisdom.
     O purge me with *Isope, and I shall be clean: wash you me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Oh let me of joy and gladness, that the bones which you have broken, may rejoice. *Isope is exactly the way it appears in the text, a marginal note refers to Hyssop, which is an herb used by the ancient Hebrews for purification.
     Turn my face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.
     Make me a clean heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within me.
     Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me. O' give me the comfort of your help again, and establish me with your free spirit.
     Then shall I teach your ways unto the wicked, that sinners may be converted unto you.
     Deliver me from bloodguiltiness O' God, you that are the God of my health, that my tongue may praise your righteousness.
     Open my lips, O' Lord, that my mouth shall show your praise.
     For if you had pleasure in sacrifice, I would give it you: but you delight not in burntofferings.
     The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O' God, shall you not despise.
     O' be favorable and gracious unto Sion, that the walls of Jerusalem may be builded.
     For then shall you be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with burnt offerings and oblations: then shall they lay bullocks upon your altar.

The Fifty Second Psalme
To the chaunter, an exhortation of David
when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul,
and showed him, saying: David is come
to the house of Abimelech.

Doeg = fearing, Edomite = the lost thing, Saul = desired, David is come to the house of Abimelech = my brother is king (worldly king) RN
     Why boast you yourself, your Tyrant, you that can do in mischief.
     Where as the goodness of God endures yet daily.
     Thy tongue imagines wickedness, and with lies it cuts like a sharp razor.
     You love ungraciousness more than good, to talk of lies more than righteousness. Selah.
     You love to speak all words that may do hurt, O you false tongue.
     Therefore shall God clean destroy you, smite you in pieces, pluck you out of your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.
     The righteous shall see this, and fear, and laugh him to scorn.
     Lo, this is the man, that took not God for his strength, but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and was mighty in his wickedness.
     As for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God, my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.
     I will always thanks unto you for that you have done: and will hope in your name, for your saints like it well.

The Fifty Third Psalme
To the chaunter upon *Mahalath, an instruction of David.
*names of the wives: of Rehoboam and of Esau and
Rehoboam = "a people has enlarged"

     The foolish bodies say in their hearts: Tush, there is no God.
     Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickednesses, there is not one that does good.
     God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that would understand, or seek after God.
     But they were all gone out of the way, they are all unprofitable: there is none that does good, no not one.
     How can they have understanding, that are the workers of wickedness, eating up my people as if it were bread, and call not upon God.
     They are afraid, where no fear is: for God breaks the bones of them that besiege you: you put them to confusion, for God despised them.
     Oh that the saving health were given unto Israel out of Sion: Oh that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity.
     Then should Jacob rejoice, and Israel should be right glad.

The Fifty Fourth Psalme
To the chaunter in Neginoth, an instruction of David
when the *Zephites came and said unto Saul:
David is hid among us.

*Zephites: from the Hebrew, smelters battlement, and the root meaning to liquefy, presumably with heat,
     Help me (O' God) for your names sake, and deliver me in your strength.
     Hear my prayer, (O' God) consider the words of my mouth.
     For strangers are risen up against me, and the mighty (which have not God before their eyes) seek after my soul. Selah.
     But lo, God is my helper: it is he that upholds my soul.
     He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: and in your truth shall you destroy them.
     A free will offering will I give you, and praise your name, O Lord, because it is so comfortable.
     For you have delivered me out of all my trouble, so that mine eye sees his desire upon mine enemies.

The Fifty Fifth Psalme
To the chaunter in Neginoth, an instruction of David.
     Hear to my prayer, O' God, and hide not yourself from my petition.
     Take heed unto me, and hear me, how piteously I mourn and complain.
     The enemy crys so, and the ungodly comes on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciously are they set against me.
     My heart is heavy within me, and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
     Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and an horrible dread has overwhelmed me.
     And I said: O' that I had wings like a dove, that I might flee somewhere, and be at rest.
     Lo, then would I get me away far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
     I would make have to escape, from the stormy wind and tempest.
     Destroy their tongues (O' Lord) and divide them, for I have seen unrighteousness and strife in the city.
     This goes day and night about the walls, mischief and vice are in the midst of it.
     Wickedness is therein, deceit and guile go not out of her streets.
     If it were mine enemy that reviled me, I could bare it: or if one that *ought me evil will did threaten me, I would hide myself from him. *ought = thought it necessary RN
     But it is you a my companion, my guide and mine own familiar friend.
     We had sweet and secret communication together, in the house of God.
     Let death come hastily upon them, and let them go down quick into hell, for wickedness is among them in their dwellings.
     As for me, I will call unto God, and the Lord shall help me.
     In the evening, and morning and at noon day will I mourn and complain: and he shall hear my voice.
     It is he that delivers my soul in peace, from them that lay wait for me: for they are many against me.
     Yes even God that endures forever, shall hear me, and bring them down, Selah. For they will not turn: and why? they fear not God.
     Yes they lay hands upon such as be at peace with him, and so they break his covenant.
     Their words are softer than butter, and yet they have battle in their mind: their words are smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.
     O' cast your burden, or care, upon the Lord, he shall nourish you, and not leave the righteous in unquietness.
     But as for them, you (O' God) shall cast down into the pit of destruction.
     The bloodthirsty and deceitful shall not live out half their days. Nevertheless my trust is in you.

The Fifty Sixth Psalme
Achis = " I will terrify " and/or "only a man"
To the chaunter, upon the domme stock downe:
which flys far off,
Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Geth.

     Be merciful unto me (O' God) for men will tread me down: they are daily fighting and troubling me.
     Mine enemies tread me daily under their feet, for they be many, that proudly fight against me.
     Nevertheless, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
     I will comfort myself in Gods word, yes I will hope in God, and not fear: What can the *flesh do unto me. *flesh does often signify as much as man. MN
     They vex me daily in my words: all that they imagine, is to do me evil.
     They hold all together, and keep themselves close: they mark my steps, how they may catch my soul.
     But in vain, for it shall escape them: and why? you (O' God) in your displeasure shall cast down such people.
     You tell my flittings, you put my tears in your bottle, and number them.
     Whensoever I call upon you, mine enemies are put to flight: whereby I know that you are my God.
     In Gods word will I rejoice, in the Lords word will I comfort me.
     Yes in God do I trust, and am not afraid: what can man do unto me?
     Unto you (O' God) will I pay my vows, unto you will I give thanks and praise.
     For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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