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:-. David is the most probable author; and the pestilence, mentioned in :-, the most probable of any special occasion to which the Psalm may refer. The changes of person allowable in poetry are here frequently made.
1. dwelleth in the secret place— (Psalms 27:5; Psalms 31:20) denotes nearness to God. Such as do so abide or lodge secure from assaults, and can well use the terms of trust in Psalms 31:20- :.
3. snares . . . [and] . . . noisome pestilence—literally, "plagues of mischiefs" (Psalms 5:9; Psalms 52:7), are expressive figures for various evils.
4. For the first figure compare Deuteronomy 32:11; Matthew 23:37.
buckler—literally, "surrounding"—that is, a kind of shield covering all over.
5. terror—or, what causes it (Proverbs 20:2).
by night—then aggravated.
arrow—that is, of enemies.
7, 8. The security is more valuable, as being special, and, therefore, evidently of God; and while ten thousands of the wicked fall, the righteous are in such safety that they only see the calamity.
9-12. This exemption from evil is the result of trust in God, who employs angels as ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14).
13. Even the fiercest, strongest, and most insidious animals may be trampled on with impunity.
14-16. God Himself speaks (compare Psalms 46:10; Psalms 75:2; Psalms 75:3). All the terms to express safety and peace indicate the most undoubting confidence (compare Psalms 18:2; Psalms 20:1; Psalms 22:5).
set his love—that of the most ardent kind.
16. show him—literally, "make him see" (Psalms 50:23; Luke 2:30).
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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 91". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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