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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 34



:-. On the title compare :-. Abimelech was the general name of the sovereign ( :-). After celebrating God's gracious dealings with him, the Psalmist exhorts others to make trial of His providential care, instructing them how to secure it. He then contrasts God's care of His people and His punitive providence towards the wicked.

Verse 1

1-4. Even in distress, which excites supplication, there is always matter for praising and thanking God (compare Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6).

Verse 2

2. make her boast—"glory" (Psalms 105:3; compare Psalms 105:3- :).

humble—"the pious," as in Psalms 9:12; Psalms 25:9.

Verse 3

3. magnify the Lord—ascribe greatness to Him, an act of praise.

together—"alike" (Psalms 33:15), or, equally, without exception.

Verse 4

4. delivered . . . fears—as well as actual evil (Psalms 64:1).

Verse 5

5-7. God's favor to the pious generally, and to himself specially, is celebrated.

looked—with desire for help.

lightened—or, "brightened," expressing joy, opposed to the downcast features of those who are ashamed or disappointed (Psalms 25:2; Psalms 25:3).

Verse 6

6. This poor man—literally, "humble," himself as a specimen of such.

Verse 7

7. angel—of the covenant ( :-), of whom as a leader of God's host (Joshua 5:14; 1 Kings 22:19), the phrase—

encampeth, c.—is appropriate or, "angel" used collectively for angels (1 Kings 22:19- :).

Verse 8

8. taste and see—try and experience.

Verse 9

9. that fear him—who are pious—fear and love (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10).

saints—consecrated to His service (Isaiah 40:31).

Verse 10

10. not want any good—"good" is emphatic; they may be afflicted (compare :-); but this may be a good (2 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Hebrews 12:10; Hebrews 12:11).

Verse 11

11. children—subjects of instruction (Proverbs 1:8; Proverbs 1:10).

Verse 12

12. What man—Whoever desires the blessings of piety, let him attend.

Verse 13

13, 14. Sins of thought included in those of speech (Luke 6:45), avoiding evil and doing good in our relations to men are based on a right relation to God.

Verse 15

15. eyes of the Lord are upon— (Psalms 32:8; Psalms 33:18).

Verse 16

16. face . . . against—opposed to them (Leviticus 17:10; Leviticus 20:3).

cut off the remembrance—utterly destroy (Leviticus 20:3- :).

Verse 17

17, 18. Humble penitents are objects of God's special tender regard (Psalms 51:19; Isaiah 57:15).

Verse 20

20. bones—framework of the body.

Verse 21

21, 22. Contrast in the destiny of righteous and wicked; the former shall be delivered and never come into condemnation (John 5:24; Romans 8:1); the latter are left under condemnation and desolate.

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 34". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.