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Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 64


:-. A prayer for deliverance from cunning and malicious enemies, with a confident view of their overthrow, which will honor God and give joy to the righteous.

Verse 1

1. preserve . . . fear—as well as the danger producing it.

Verse 2

2. insurrection—literally, "uproar," noisy assaults, as well as their secret counsels.

Verse 3

3, 4. Similar figures for slander (Psalms 57:4; Psalms 59:7).

bend—literally, "tread," or, "prepared." The allusion is to the mode of bending a bow by treading on it; here, and in Psalms 59:7- :, transferred to arrows.

Verse 4

4. the perfect—one innocent of the charges made (Psalms 18:23).

fear not— (Psalms 18:23- :), not regarding God.

Verse 5

5. A sentiment here more fully presented, by depicting their deliberate malice.

Verse 6

6. This is further evinced by their diligent efforts and deeply laid schemes.

Verse 7

7. The contrast is heightened by representing God as using weapons like theirs.

Verse 8

8. their . . . tongue to fall, c.—that is, the consequences of their slanders, &c. (compare Psalms 10:2 Psalms 31:16).

all that see . . . away—Their partners in evil shall be terrified.

Verse 9

9, 10. Men, generally, will acknowledge God's work, and the righteous, rejoicing in it, shall be encouraged to trust Him ( :-).

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.