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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Psalms 74

Verse 1

74:1 [Maschil of Asaph.] O God, {a} why hast thou cast [us] off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

(a) The Church of God is oppressed by the tyranny, either of the Babylonians or of Antiochus, and prays to God by whose hand the yoke was laid on them for their sins.

Verse 2

74:2 Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old; the {b} rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

(b) Which inheritance you have measured out for yourself as with a line or rod.

Verse 4

74:4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they {c} set up their ensigns [for] signs.

(c) They have destroyed your true religion, and spread their banners in sign of defiance.

Verse 5

74:5 [A man] was famous according as he had {d} lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

(d) He commends the temple for the costly matter, the excellent workmanship and beauty of it, which nonetheless the enemies destroyed.

Verse 8

74:8 They said in their {e} hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

(e) They encouraged one another to cruelty, that not only God’s people might be destroyed, but also his religion utterly in all places suppressed.

Verse 9

74:9 We see not our signs: [there is] no more any prophet: neither [is there] among us any that knoweth {f} how long.

(f) They lamented that they had no prophet among them to show them how long their misery would last.

Verse 11

74:11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? {g} pluck [it] out of thy bosom.

(g) They join their deliverance with God’s glory and power, knowing that the punishment of the enemy would be their deliverance.

Verse 12

74:12 For God [is] my King of old, working salvation {h} in the midst of the earth.

(h) Meaning in the sight of all the world.

Verse 13

74:13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the {i} dragons in the waters.

(i) That is, Pharaoh’s army.

Verse 14

74:14 Thou brakest the heads of {k} leviathan in pieces, [and] gavest him [to be] {l} meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

(k) Which was a great monster of the sea, or whale, meaning Pharaoh.

(l) His destruction rejoiced them as meat refreshes the body.

Verse 16

74:16 The {m} day [is] thine, the night also [is] thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

(m) Seeing that God by his providence governs and disposes all things, he gathers that he will take care chiefly for his children.

Verse 19

74:19 O deliver not the soul of thy {n} turtledove unto the multitude [of the wicked]: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

(n) He means the Church of God, which is exposed as a prey to the wicked.

Verse 20

74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for {o} the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

(o) That is, all places where your word does not shine, there reigns tyranny and ambition.

Verse 22

74:22 Arise, O God, plead thine {p} own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

(p) He shows that God cannot permit his Church to be oppressed unless he looses his own right.

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Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 74". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.