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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 12

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole BibleCommentary Critical

Introduction

PSALM 12

:-. On title, see :- and see on Psalms 6:1. The Psalmist laments the decrease of good men. The pride and deceit of the wicked provokes God's wrath, whose promise to avenge the cause of pious sufferers will be verified even amidst prevailing iniquity.

Verse 1

1. the faithful—or literally, "faithfulness" ( :-).

Verse 2

2. The want of it is illustrated by the prevalence of deceit and instability.

Verse 3

3, 4. Boasting ( :-) is, like flattery, a species of lying.

lips, and . . . tongue—for persons.

Verse 5

5. The writer intimates his confidence by depicting God's actions (compare Psalms 9:19; Psalms 10:12) as coming to save the poor at whom the wicked sneer (Psalms 10:12- :).

Verse 6

6. The words—literally, "saying of" (Psalms 12:5).

seven times—thoroughly (Daniel 3:19).

Verse 7

7. them—(Margin.)

Verse 8

8. The wicked roam undisturbed doing evil, when vileness and vile men are exalted.

Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfb/psalms-12.html. 1871-8.
 
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