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Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 131


:-. This Psalm, while expressive of David's pious feelings on assuming the royal office, teaches the humble, submissive temper of a true child of God.

Verse 1

1. eyes lofty—a sign of pride (Psalms 18:27).

exercise myself—literally, "walk in," or "meddle with."

Verse 2

2. Surely, c.—The form is that of an oath or strongest assertion. Submission is denoted by the figure of a weaned child. As the child weaned by his mother from the breast, so I still the motions of pride in me (Matthew 18:3 Matthew 18:4; Isaiah 11:8; Isaiah 28:9). Hebrew children were often not weaned till three years old.

soul—may be taken for desire, which gives a more definite sense, though one included in the idea conveyed by the usual meaning, myself.

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 131". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.