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Bible Commentaries

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 90

 

 

Verse 1
Dwelling place - Although we and our fathers, for some generations, have had no fixed habitation, yet thou hast been instead of a dwelling - place to us, by thy watchful and gracious providence. And this intimates that all the following miseries were not to be imputed to God but themselves.

Verse 2
Thou - Thou hadst thy power, and all thy perfections, from all eternity.

Verse 3
Turnedst - But as for man, his case is far otherwise, though he was made by thee happy. and immortal, yet for his sin thou didst make him mortal and miserable. Saidst - Didst pronounce that sad sentence, return, O men, to the dust out of which ye were taken, Genesis 3:19 .

Verse 4
Past - Indeed time seems long when it is to come, but when it is past, very short and contemptible. A watch - Which lasted but three or four hours.

Verse 5
Them - Mankind. Away - Universally, without exception or distinction. A sleep - Short and vain, as sleep is, and not minded 'till it be past.

Verse 7
Are consumed - Thou dost not suffer us to live so long as we might by the course of nature.

Verse 8
Hast set - Thou dost observe them, as a righteous judge, and art calling us to an account for them. Secret sins - Which though hid from the eyes of men, thou hast brought to light by thy judgments.

Verse 10
Our years - Of the generality of mankind, in that and all following ages, some few persons excepted. Flee - We do not now go to death, as we do from our very birth, but flee swiftly away like a bird, as this word signifies.

Verse 11
Thy fear - According to the fear of thee; according to that fear which sinful men have of a just God. So - It bears full proportion to it, nay indeed doth far exceed it.

Verse 12
Teach us - To consider the shortness of life, and the certainty and speediness of death. That - That we may heartily devote ourselves to true wisdom.

Verse 13
Return - To us in mercy. How long - Will it be before thou return to us? Repent thee - Of thy severe proceedings against us.

Verse 14
Early - Speedily.

Verse 17
The beauty - His gracious influence, and glorious presence. In us - Do not only work for us, but in us,

 


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 90:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

on the Whole Bible". http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-90.html. 1765.


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