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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 71

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 71

Psa 71:1-24. The Psalmist, probably in old age, appeals to God for help from his enemies, pleading his past favors, and stating his present need; and, in confidence of a hearing, he promises his grateful thanks and praise.

      1-3. (Compare Psa 30:1-3 ).

      3. given commandment--literally, "ordained," as in Psa 44:4 68:28.
      rock. . . fortress-- ( Psa 18:2 ).

      4, 5. cruel man--corrupt and ill-natured--literally, "sour."

      5. trust--place of trust.

      6-9. His history from early infancy illustrated God's care, and his wonderful deliverances were at once occasions of praise and ground of confidence for the future.
      my praise. . . of thee--literally, "in" or "by Thee" ( Psa 22:25 ).

      10, 11. The craft and malicious taunts of his enemies now led him to call for aid (compare the terms used, 2Sa 17:12 Psa 3:2 7:2 ).

      12. (Compare Psa 22:19 40:4 ).

      13. (Compare Psa 35:4 40:14 ).

      14-16. The ruin of his enemies, as illustrating God's faithfulness, is his deliverance, and a reason for future confidence.

      15. for I know. . . thereof--innumerable, as he had not time to count them.

      16. in the strength--or, relying on it.
      thy righteousness--or, faithful performance of promises to the pious ( Psa 7:17 31:1 ).

      17-21. Past experience again encourages.
      taught me, &c.--by providential dealings.

      19. is very high--distinguished ( Psa 36:5 Isa 55:9 ).

      20. depths of the earth--debased, low condition.

      21. increase, &c.--that is, the great things done for me ( Psa 71:19; compare Psa 40:5 ).

      22-24. To the occasion of praise he now adds the promise to render it.
      will. . . praise--literally, "will thank."
      even thy truth--as to Thy truth or faithfulness.

Introduction to Job ← Prior Book
Introduction to Proverbs Next Book →
Commentary on Psalm 70 ← Prior Chapter
Commentary on Psalm 72 Next Chapter →
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