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:-. In structure and style, like the preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies; afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.
1. in thy faithfulness . . . and . . . righteousness—or, God's regard to the claims which He has permitted His people to make in His covenant.
2. enter . . . judgment—deal not in strict justice.
shall no . . . justified—or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Romans 3:20).
3, 4. The exciting reason for his prayer—his afflictions—led to confession as just made: he now makes the complaint.
as those that have been long dead—deprived of life's comforts (compare Psalms 40:15; Psalms 88:3-6).
5, 6. The distress is aggravated by the contrast of former comfort ( :-), for whose return he longs.
a thirsty land—which needs rain, as did his spirit God's gracious visits (Psalms 28:1; Psalms 89:17).
7. spirit faileth—is exhausted.
8. (Compare Psalms 25:1-4; Psalms 59:16).
the way . . . walk—that is, the way of safety and righteousness (Psalms 59:16- :).
9. (Compare :-).
10. (Compare Psalms 5:8; Psalms 27:11).
land of uprightness—literally, "an even land" (Psalms 27:11- :).
11. (Compare Psalms 23:3; Psalms 119:156).
12. God's mercy to His people is often wrath to His and their enemies (compare :-).
thy servant—as chosen to be such, entitled to divine regard.
These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 143". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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