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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 62

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 62

Psa 62:1-12. To Jeduthun--(See on JF & B for Ps 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

      1. waiteth--literally, "is silent," trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

      2. The titles applied to God often occur ( Psa 9:9 18:2 ).
      be greatly moved-- ( Psa 10:6 ). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.

      3. Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.
      bowing wall shall ye be--better supply "are." Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of "a man"--that is, the pious suffer: thus, "Will ye slay him," &c.; but the other is a good sense.

      4. his excellency--or, elevation to which God had raised him ( Psa 4:2 ). This they try to do by lies and duplicity ( Psa 5:9 ).

      5, 6. (Compare Psa 62:1, 2 ).

      6. not be moved--not at all; his confidence has increased.

      7. rock of my strength--or strongest support ( Psa 7:10 61:3 ).

      8. pour out your heart--give full expression to feeling ( 1Sa 1:15 Job 30:16 Psa 42:4 ).
      ye people--God's people.

      9. No kind of men are reliable, compared with God ( Isa 2:22 Jer 17:5 ).
      altogether--alike, one as the other ( Psa 34:3 ).

      10. Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.

      11. once; twice--(as in Job 33:14 40:5 ), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

      12. for thou renderest--literally, "that Thou renderest," &c., connected with "I heard this," as the phrase--"that power," &c. [ Psa 62:11 ] --teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.

Introduction to Job ← Prior Book
Introduction to Proverbs Next Book →
Commentary on Psalm 61 ← Prior Chapter
Commentary on Psalm 63 Next Chapter →
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