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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Psalms 61



Verse 1

Neginah = smitings. App-65.

Title. of David: i.e. relating to David and to the true David.

Verse 2

the earth: or, the land.

that is higher than I = which will prove higher.

Verse 3

shelter = refuge.

Verse 4

tabernacle. Hebrew. "ohel, tent (App-40.), i.e. David"s tent on Mount Zion. The Psalm probably refers to Absalom"s rebellion.

trust = flee for refuge. Hebrew. hasah. App-69.

covert = secret place.

wings. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

Selah. Connecting the confidence with the only true ground of it. This is the central member of the Psalm. See the Structure above.

Verse 5

fear = revere.

Thy name = Thee. See note on Psalms 20:1.

Verse 6

many generations = from generation to generation.

Verse 7

abide = remain [enthroned].

prepare = number, or appoint, as in Jonah 1:17.

mercy = lovingkindness, or grace.

Verse 8

To the chief Musician. See App-64.

to = for.

Jeduthun. A precentor appointed by David, by name Ethan (see App-65), afterward called Jeduthun = confession (1 Chronicles 15:17-19; 1 Chronicles 16:41; 1 Chronicles 25:1-6). Other Jeduthun Psalms are Psalm 38 and Psalm 76; in all three "vows" find a place.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 61:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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