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Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 143



:-. 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.

Verse 1

1. in thy faithfulness . . . and . . . righteousness—or, God's regard to the claims which He has permitted His people to make in His covenant.

Verse 2

2. enter . . . judgment—deal not in strict justice.

shall no . . . justified—or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Romans 3:20).

Verse 3

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).

Verse 5

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).

Verse 7

7. spirit faileth—is exhausted.

Verse 8

8. (Compare Psalms 25:1-4; Psalms 59:16).

the way . . . walk—that is, the way of safety and righteousness (Psalms 59:16- :).

Verse 9

9. (Compare :-).

Verse 10

10. (Compare Psalms 5:8; Psalms 27:11).

land of uprightness—literally, "an even land" (Psalms 27:11- :).

Verse 11

11. (Compare Psalms 23:3; Psalms 119:156).

Verse 12

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.

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 143". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.