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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 70

Smith's WritingsSmith's Writings

Verses 1-5


The experience of the godly remnant in Israel, when suffering from the hands of men in the latter day, expressing the desires of Christ when suffering from the hands of men upon the Cross.

(v. 1) The prayer of one who looks only to God for deliverance from his enemies; but seeks that Jehovah would hasten to his help.

(vv. 2-3) The desire that those who seek his life, who take pleasure in his adversity, that mock at his sufferings, may be confounded and overtaken with retributive judgment (cp. Mar_15:29 ).

(vv. 4) The desire that those who fear God, and look for His deliverance may be glad and rejoice in Jehovah. Let those who rejoice in God's salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” Let them see that the sufferings are submitted to, and deliverance looked for, in order to glorify God (cp. Joh_12:27-28 ; Joh_13:31 ).

(v. 5) In order to magnify God the sufferer is content to be “poor and needy,” though assured that God is his “help,” and “deliverer.” He looks that Jehovah will make no delay in acting for his deliverance (cp. Joh_13:32 ).

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 70". "Smith's Writings". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-70.html. 1832.
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