Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Psalms 71

Verse 1

LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

do I put my trust = have I fled for refuge. Hebrew. hasah. App-69.

confusion = shame.

Verse 2

ear. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

Verse 3

strong habitation = rock of habitation. Hebrew. zur, a fortified place. Some codices, with six early printed editions, Aramaean, Septuagint, and Vulgate, read "a rock of refuge".

whereunto I may continually resort, &c. Septuagint reads "a place of security to save me".

rock. Hebrew. sela". See note on Psalms 18:1, Psalms 18:2. Exodus 17:6. Deuteronomy 32:13.

Verse 4

Deliver = Cause me to escape.

the wicked = lawless one. Hebrew. rasha". App-44.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Verse 5

hope. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for the object of hope.

Lord GOD. Hebrew Adonai Jehovah. App-4.

trust = confidence. Hebrew. batah. App-69.

Verse 6

from the womb. Compare Jeremiah 1:5. Some have supposed that this Psalm was written by Jeremiah. See note on Psalms 71:22. But even then it points to Christ.

Verse 7

I am = I have become.

art. Supply the Ellipsis, "hast been".

Verse 10

my soul = me (emphatic). Hebrew. nephesh.

Verse 15

the numbers. Compare Psalms 40:5.

Verse 16

strength = strengths. Plural of majesty = great strength.

Verse 18

Now also = Yea also.

when I am old and grayheaded = to old age and gray hairs.

Thy strength = Thine arm; "arm" being put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6, for the wonders wrought by it.

every one that is to come. A special reading called. Sevir (App-34) reads "all who are to come".

Verse 19

who is like unto Thee. This is the cry of all God"s saints. See note on Exodus 15:11.

Verse 20

quicken me again = make me alive again.

bring me up again: i.e. in resurrection.

Verse 22

with = with the aid of.

sing = sing praise.

Holy One of Israel. Occurs only three times in the Psalms (here, Psalms 78:41; Psalms 89:18). In Isaiah we find it thirty times. In Jeremiah twice (Psalms 50:29; Psalms 51:5). See note on Psalms 78:41.

Verse 23

redeemed. Hebrew. padah. See note on Exodus 13:13 with Exodus 6:6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 71". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.