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Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 54



:-. See on Psalms 4:1, title; Psalms 54:3, title; for the history, see 1 Samuel 23:19; 1 Samuel 23:29; 1 Samuel 26:1-25. After an earnest cry for help, the Psalmist promises praise in the assurance of a hearing.

Verse 1

1. by thy name— ( :-), specially, power.

judge me—as in Psalms 7:8; Psalms 26:1.

Verse 2

2. (Compare Psalms 4:1; Psalms 5:1).

Verse 3

3. strangers—perhaps Ziphites.

oppressors—literally, "terrible ones" (Isaiah 13:11; Isaiah 25:3). Such were Saul and his army.

not set . . . them—acted as atheists, without God's fear (compare Isaiah 25:3- :).

Verse 4

4. (Compare :-).

with them—on their side, and for me (compare :-).

Verse 5

5. He shall . . . evil—or, "Evil shall return on" ( :-) my enemies or watchers, that is, to do me evil ( :-).

in thy truth—Thy verified promise.

Verse 6

6. I will freely, c.—or, present a freewill offering (Leviticus 7:16 Numbers 15:3).

Verse 7

7. mine eye . . . desire—(compare Psalms 59:10; Psalms 112:8), expresses satisfaction in beholding the overthrow of his enemies as those of God, without implying any selfish or unholy feeling (compare Psalms 52:6; Psalms 52:7).

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 54". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.