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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 57

Introduction

1David in prayer fleeing unto God, complains of his dangerous case.
7He encourages himself to praise God.

Verse 1

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
A. M. 2943. B.C. 1061. (Title.) {Al-tas-chith.} or, destroy not. A golden Psalm. This Psalm is supposed to have been called {al tashcheth,} or "destroy not," because David thus addressed one of his followers when about to kill Saul in the cave; and {michtam,} or "golden," because written, or worthy to be written, in gold
58:1; 59:1; *titles
when
142:1; *title; 1 Samuel 22:1; 24:3,8
be
56:1; 69:13-16; 119:76,77
soul
9:10; 13:5; 125:1; Isaiah 50:10
shadow
17:7,8; 36:7; 61:4; 63:7; 91:1,4,9; Ruth 2:12; Luke 13:34
until
Isaiah 10:25; 26:20; Matthew 24:22; John 16:20; James 5:10,11; Revelation 7:14; 21:4
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:4 - so; Psalm 4:1 - have mercy upon me; Psalm 27:5 - hide; Psalm 41:10 - be merciful; Psalm 86:3 - Be merciful; Psalm 102:1 - Hear; Psalm 109:26 - save me; Psalm 123:3 - Have mercy; Proverbs 27:12 - General; Ecclesiastes 7:12 - a defence; Song of Solomon 2:3 - I sat; Isaiah 18:1 - shadowing; Jeremiah 11:20 - revealed; Jeremiah 36:26 - but; Zephaniah 2:3 - hid; Matthew 23:37 - even

Verse 2

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
God most
56:2; 136:2,3; Isaiah 57:15
that
138:8; Isaiah 26:12; Philippians 1:6; 2:12; Hebrews 13:21
Reciprocal: Genesis 14:18 - the most; Acts 16:17 - the most; Hebrews 7:1 - the most

Verse 3

He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
send
18:6-50; 144:5-7; Matthew 28:2-6; Acts 12:11
from the reproach of him
or, he reproacheth him, etc. swallow.
56:1,2; 61:7; Numbers 23:24; Job 31:31; Micah 3:2,3
send
40:11; 43:3; John 1:17
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 2:6 - the Lord; 2 Samuel 15:20 - mercy; 2 Samuel 17:16 - be swallowed; Psalm 18:16 - He sent; Psalm 25:10 - mercy; Psalm 35:25 - We have; Psalm 39:8 - make; Psalm 55:18 - He hath; Psalm 89:51 - footsteps; Psalm 119:39 - Turn; Psalm 119:121 - leave me; Psalm 124:3 - Then they; Psalm 142:6 - for they; Proverbs 1:12 - swallow; Lamentations 2:16 - We have swallowed; 2 Corinthians 2:7 - swallowed

Verse 4

My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
among
10:9; 17:12,13; 22:13-16; 35:17; 58:6; Proverbs 28:15; Daniel 6:22-24
set
Judges 9:20; James 3:6
whose
58:6; John 4:10,11; Proverbs 30:14
tongue
52:2; 55:21; 64:3; Proverbs 12:18; 25:18; Revelation 19:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 31:1 - Jacob; Numbers 17:10 - rebels; Numbers 35:20 - by laying; Job 4:10 - the teeth; Job 5:21 - be hid; Job 41:14 - his teeth; Psalm 4:2 - O; Psalm 25:19 - Consider; Psalm 31:13 - fear; Psalm 35:15 - they; Psalm 59:7 - swords; Psalm 119:121 - leave me; Psalm 120:4 - Sharp; Psalm 120:6 - soul; Psalm 140:3 - sharpened; Psalm 142:6 - for they; Proverbs 14:3 - the mouth; Proverbs 16:27 - in; Jeremiah 2:15 - young lions; Jeremiah 9:8 - tongue; Jeremiah 18:18 - Come and let us smite; Jeremiah 20:10 - I heard; Ezekiel 38:13 - with; Hosea 7:16 - the rage; Luke 23:5 - they; Luke 23:23 - General; Romans 3:13 - with their; James 3:8 - an unruly; Revelation 9:8 - and their

Verse 5

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
Be thou
11; 21:13; 108:4,5; 1 Chronicles 29:1; Isaiah 2:11,17; 12:4; 37:20; Matthew 6:9,10
above
8:1; 113:4-6
thy glory
72:19; 148:13; Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 2:14; 3:3
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 29:11 - exalted; Psalm 18:46 - exalted; Psalm 46:10 - I will be

Verse 6

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
a net
7:15,16; 9:15,16; 35:7,8; 140:5; 1 Samuel 23:22-26; Proverbs 29:5; Micah 7:2
my soul
42:6; 142:3; 143:4; Matthew 26:37,38
Reciprocal: Job 6:27 - ye dig; Psalm 31:4 - Pull; Psalm 38:6 - bowed; Psalm 56:6 - mark; Psalm 148:13 - glory; Proverbs 11:27 - he that seeketh; Proverbs 26:27 - diggeth; Jeremiah 18:20 - digged; Matthew 22:15 - how

Verse 7

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
my
108:1,2; 112:7
fixed
or, prepared. I will.
34:4; Isaiah 24:15; Romans 5:3; Ephesians 5:20
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 12:14 - he prepared; 2 Chronicles 19:3 - prepared; Ezra 7:10 - prepared; Psalm 103:1 - all that

Verse 8

Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
Awake
Judges 5:12; Isaiah 52:1,9
my glory
16:9; 30:12; 108:1-3; Acts 2:26
I myself will awake early
Literally,"I will awaken the morning," or dawn; a highly poetical expression, which Milton and others have borrowed:-- Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn.
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:6 - honour; 2 Chronicles 20:28 - with psalteries; Psalm 43:4 - upon; Psalm 92:3 - instrument; Psalm 108:2 - I myself; James 3:9 - Therewith; Revelation 14:2 - harpers

Verse 9

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
2:1; 18:49; 22:22,23; 96:3; 138:1,4,5; 145:10-12; Romans 15:9

Verse 10

For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
For
36:5; 71:19; 85:10,11; 89:1,2; 103:11; 108:4
truth
Genesis 9:9-17; Isaiah 54:7-10; Hebrews 6:17,18
Reciprocal: Exodus 34:6 - truth; Psalm 8:1 - thy; Psalm 86:13 - great; Psalm 113:4 - his glory

Verse 11

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
5; 8:1,9; Revelation 15:3,4 Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 29:11 - exalted; Psalm 18:46 - exalted; Psalm 21:13 - Be thou; Psalm 108:5 - Be thou; Psalm 113:4 - his glory; Isaiah 6:3 - the whole earth; Mark 15:15 - willing; Luke 11:2 - Hallowed; 1 Timothy 1:17 - be; Revelation 11:17 - thou hast

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 57". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-57.html.