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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 61

Introduction

1David flees to God upon his former experience.
4He vows perpetual service unto him, because of his promises.

Verse 1

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
(Title
&) Neginah. Instead of neginath, many MSS., have neginoth; and two MSS., supply mizmor, "a Psalm." Some suppose this Psalm was composed when David was driven by Absalom's rebellion beyond Jordan, and from the sanctuary of God.
4:1; 6:1; 54:1; 55:1; *titles
Hear
5:1-3; 17:1; 28:2; 55:1,2; 130:2; Philippians 4:6
Reciprocal: Psalm 119:145 - cried; Lamentations 3:25 - good; Ezekiel 36:3 - swallowed

Verse 2

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
From
42:6; 139:9,10; Deuteronomy 4:29; Jonah 2:2-4
my heart
43:5; 55:5; 77:3; 142:3; 143:4; Isaiah 54:11; Mark 14:33,34; Luke 22:44
the rock
18:46; 27:5; 40:2; 62:2,6; Isaiah 32:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:7 - greatly; Genesis 42:28 - their heart; Deuteronomy 32:4 - the Rock; Psalm 42:5 - Why art thou cast down; Psalm 59:16 - for thou; Psalm 94:19 - General; Psalm 102:1 - overwhelmed; Psalm 119:145 - cried; Psalm 130:2 - let thine ears

Verse 3

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
thou
4:6,7; 116:2; 140:7; Isaiah 46:3,4; 2 Corinthians 1:10
strong
18:2; Proverbs 18:10
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:3 - my high; Psalm 59:16 - for thou; Psalm 91:1 - dwelleth; Psalm 143:9 - flee unto thee; Joel 3:16 - hope

Verse 4

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
abide
7; 15:1; 23:6; 27:4; 90:1; 91:1; 92:13; Revelation 3:12
trust
or, make my refuge.
17:8; 57:1; 62:7; 63:7; 91:4; 142:4,5; Ruth 2:12; Matthew 23:37; Hebrews 6:18
Reciprocal: Psalm 21:7 - For the; Psalm 143:9 - flee unto thee; Proverbs 18:10 - a strong; Isaiah 18:1 - shadowing; Isaiah 30:1 - cover

Verse 5

For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
hast heard
56:12; 65:1; 66:19
heritage
16:5,6; 115:13; Malachi 3:16-18; Acts 10:35
Reciprocal: Genesis 28:20 - vowed; Exodus 1:20 - God; Leviticus 22:18 - vows; Joshua 18:10 - before the Lord; Psalm 21:4 - asked; Isaiah 54:17 - the heritage; Lamentations 3:25 - good

Verse 6

Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
wilt prolong the king's life
Heb. shalt add days to the days of the king.
21:4,6; 72:15-17; Isaiah 53:10
many generations
Heb. generation and generation.
89:36,37
Reciprocal: Psalm 16:5 - thou; Psalm 21:7 - For the; Isaiah 16:5 - in mercy

Verse 7

He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
abide
41:12; Isaiah 9:6,7; Luke 1:33; Hebrews 7:21-25; 9:24
prepare
40:11; 43:3; 57:3; Genesis 24:27; 32:10; Proverbs 20:28; Micah 7:20; Luke 1:54,55
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 15:20 - mercy; Psalm 16:5 - thou; Psalm 21:7 - For the; Psalm 61:4 - abide; Psalm 89:24 - But my; Psalm 115:1 - for thy mercy; Psalm 116:9 - walk; Proverbs 14:22 - but; Isaiah 16:5 - in mercy; Hosea 6:2 - we

Verse 8

So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
sing
30:12; 79:13; 145:1,2; 146:2
that I
65:1; 66:13-16 Reciprocal: Genesis 28:20 - vowed; Leviticus 22:18 - vows

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 61". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-61.html.