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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 70

Trapp's Complete CommentaryTrapp's Commentary

Verse 1

« To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, to bring to remembrance. » [Make haste], O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.

A Psalm of David — Made, likely, or rather made use of from Psalms 40:14-15 , …, when Sheba, the son of Bichri, was up in rebellion after Absalom’s death, 2 Samuel 20:1 , … See Psalms 69:1 , title.

To briny to remembrance — Worthy to be remembered, and followed as a pattern of prayer. Some make this psalm an appendix to the former, as Psalms 43:1-5 ., is to Psalms 42:1-11 . Others make it a part of the next psalm; which is, therefore, say they, without a title.

Make haste, O God, to deliver me — As a father runs without legs when his child is hazarded.

Verse 2

Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

Let them be ashamed — See Psalms 40:14 ; Psalms 35:26-27 .

Verse 3

Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.

Let them be turned back for a rewardVel sicut per insidias vel supplantationem, more athletarum, a ò÷á , Let them be supplanted, defeated.

That say, Aha, aha — Augustine rendereth it, Euge, Euge, that is, Well done; and giveth this note upon it, Plus persequitur lingua adulatoris quam manus interfectoris, The tongue of a flatterer may mischief a man more than the hand of a murderer. The apostle, Hebrews 11:37 , ranketh their tempting and flattering promises among their bloody deeds, their rising tongues with their terrifying jaws.

Verse 4

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

Let all those that seek thee, …Piorum characteres, saith one, a godly man characterized, by his search after God, his joy in him, his love to him, his praises of him.

Let God be magnifiedIn illo quicquid ego; ille, non ego, saith Augustine.

Verse 5

But I [am] poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

But I am poor and needy — See Psalms 69:29 , See Trapp on " Psalms 69:29 "

Bibliographical Information
Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 70". Trapp's Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jtc/psalms-70.html. 1865-1868.
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