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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Psalms 4



Verse 1

Title. A Psalm. See App-65.

Hear = Answer.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

God of my righteousness = My righteous God. Genitive of relation or object.

Have mercy = be gracious, or show favour to.

Verse 2

how long = until when. Ellipsis correctly supplied.

leasing = falsehood. Anglo-Saxon = leasung; Mid. Eng. = lesing.

Selah. Connecting and contrasting his enemies" acts with his own sure defence. See App-66.

Verse 3

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

set apart. All depended on Jehovah"s favour (Numbers 14:8). Some codices, with Septuagint and Vulgate, read "hath given distinction to".

him that is godly: i.e. a subject of grace.

Verse 4

Stand in awe, &c. = Stand in awe and [so] sin not. sin. Hebrew. chata"

still = silent.

Selah. Connecting their sin with its being put away. See App-66.

Verse 5

Offer the sacrifices. No Art. Hebrew. zabah. App-43.

sacrifices of righteousness = righteous sacrifices. Genitive of Character. How could they offer these while in rebellion against the Lord"s Anointed?

trust = confide. Hebrew. batah. See App-69.

Verse 6

that say . . . good. See note on Psalms 144:12-15.

lift Thou up. No priest with David to give the blessing of Numbers 6:24-26. See 2 Samuel 15:32-37.

countenance. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.

Verse 7

gladness. This was true "good".

their corn. See note on Psalms 144:15.

wine = new wine. Hebrew. tirosh. App-27.

Verse 8

and sleep = sleep at once. This reference is to 2 Samuel 17:2. See note there.

makest = wilt make.

safety = confidence.

To the chief Musician. See App-64.

upon Nehiloth; better, nehaloth = concerning inheritances. Referring to Jehovah"s favour as being the true inheritance of godly Israelites, as shown in verses: Psalms 4:3, Psalms 4:6, Psalms 4:7. Compare Psalms 144:12-15, the other Nehaloth Psalm. See App-65.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 4:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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