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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 140

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 140

Psa 140:1-13. The style of this Psalm resembles those of David in the former part of the book, presenting the usual complaint, prayer, and confident hope of relief.

      1. evil man--Which of David's enemies is meant is not important.

      2-5. This character of the wicked, and the devices planned against the pious, correspond to Psa 10:7 31:13 58:4, &c.

      3. sharpened. . . like a serpent--not like a serpent does, but they are thus like a serpent in cunning and venom.

      5. snare [and] net--for threatening dangers (compare Psa 38:12 57:6 ).

      6. (Compare Psa 5:1-12 16:2 ).

      7. day of battle--literally, "of armor," that is, when using it.

      8. (Compare Psa 37:12 66:7 ).
      lest they exalt themselves--or, they will be exalted if permitted to prosper.

      9. Contrasts his head covered by God ( Psa 140:7 ) with theirs, or (as "head" may be used for "persons") with them, covered with the results of their wicked deeds ( Psa 7:16 ).

      10. (Compare Psa 11:6 120:4 ).
      cast into the fire; into deep pits--figures for utter destruction.

      11. an evil speaker--or, "slanderer" will not be tolerated ( Psa 101:7 ). The last clause may be translated: "an evil (man) He (God) shall hunt," &c.

      12. (Compare Psa 9:4 ).

      13. After all changes, the righteous shall have cause for praise. Such
      shall dwell--shall sit securely, under God's protection ( Psa 21:6 41:12 ).

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