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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 64

Introduction

1David prays for deliverance, complaining of his enemies.
7He promises himself to see such an evident destruction of his enemies, as the righteous shall rejoice at it.

Verse 1

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
A. M. 2943. B.C. 1061. Hear
27:7; 55:1,2; 130:1,2; 141:1; 143:1-3; Lamentations 3:55,56
preserve
17:8,9; 31:13-15; 34:4; 56:2-4; Acts 18:9,10; 27:24
Reciprocal: Psalm 5:1 - Give; Psalm 119:149 - Hear; Psalm 140:6 - hear; Jeremiah 18:19 - Give

Verse 2

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
Hide
27:5; 31:20; 143:9; Isaiah 32:2
secret
56:6; 109:2,3; Genesis 4:6; 1 Samuel 23:22,23; 2 Samuel 17:2-4; Jeremiah 11:19; 18:23; Matthew 26:3,4; Acts 23:14,15; 25:3
insurrection
2:2; 3:1; Luke 23:18-23
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:6 - secret; Psalm 1:1 - counsel; Psalm 37:14 - wicked; Psalm 38:12 - lay snares; Psalm 52:2 - Thy; Psalm 83:3 - They; Jeremiah 20:10 - I heard; Jeremiah 36:26 - but; Daniel 6:6 - assembled together; Habakkuk 3:14 - their; Mark 14:1 - by; Acts 5:33 - took; Acts 23:12 - certain; Acts 24:9 - General

Verse 3

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
whet
57:4; Proverbs 12:18; 30:14; Isaiah 54:17; Jeremiah 9:3; James 3:6-8
bend
11:2; 58:7
Reciprocal: Genesis 31:1 - Jacob; Genesis 49:23 - General; Job 15:5 - thou choosest; Job 19:2 - break me; Psalm 7:13 - ordaineth; Psalm 10:7 - and deceit; Psalm 31:18 - speak; Psalm 50:19 - tongue; Psalm 55:21 - The words; Psalm 59:7 - swords; Psalm 94:4 - shall; Psalm 109:2 - the mouth; Psalm 140:3 - sharpened; Proverbs 18:8 - words; Ecclesiastes 10:11 - a babbler; Jeremiah 9:5 - taught; Jeremiah 9:8 - tongue; Jeremiah 18:18 - Come and let us smite; Hosea 5:2 - profound; Matthew 12:34 - how; Luke 6:45 - and an; Luke 23:2 - forbidding; Ephesians 4:31 - bitterness; James 3:8 - an unruly

Verse 4

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
shoot
10:8,9; Nehemiah 4:11; Habakkuk 3:14
the perfect
59:3,4; John 19:6; 1 Peter 2:22,23
suddenly
7; 1 Samuel 18:11; 19:10; 2 Samuel 15:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 31:1 - Jacob; Psalm 11:2 - lo; Psalm 31:18 - speak; Psalm 35:7 - without; Psalm 35:20 - but; Psalm 94:4 - shall; Psalm 109:2 - the mouth; Psalm 140:3 - sharpened; Proverbs 18:8 - words; Proverbs 24:2 - General; Isaiah 32:7 - deviseth; Jeremiah 9:3 - they bend; Jeremiah 9:8 - tongue; Jeremiah 18:22 - and hid; Matthew 2:7 - General; Matthew 26:3 - assembled; James 3:8 - an unruly

Verse 5

They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
encourage
Exodus 15:9; Numbers 22:6; Proverbs 1:11-14; Isaiah 41:6; Revelation 11:10
matter
or, speech. commune.
1 Samuel 23:19-23; Matthew 23:15; 26:3,4
of laying snares
Heb. to hide snares.
124:7; 140:5
Who
10:11; 59:7; 94:7; Ezekiel 8:12
Reciprocal: Genesis 11:3 - they said one to another; Genesis 20:13 - This; Genesis 27:42 - comfort himself; Genesis 37:20 - and let; Judges 20:22 - encouraged; Psalm 11:2 - that; Psalm 140:2 - imagine; Isaiah 29:15 - seek; Isaiah 47:10 - thou hast said; Jeremiah 5:26 - lay wait; Jeremiah 18:22 - and hid; Jeremiah 36:24 - they; Matthew 12:34 - how; Luke 14:1 - they

Verse 6

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
search
35:11; 1 Samuel 22:9; 24:9; 25:10; Daniel 6:4,5; Matthew 26:59; John 18:29,30; 19:7
they accomplish, etc
or, we are consumed by that which they have thoroughly searched. a diligent search. Heb. a search searched. both.
5:9; Proverbs 20:5; Isaiah 29:15; Jeremiah 17:9,10; 1 Corinthians 4:5
Reciprocal: Psalm 5:10 - let; Psalm 27:11 - mine enemies; Psalm 49:11 - Their inward; Psalm 92:5 - deep; Psalm 140:2 - imagine; Proverbs 1:11 - let us lay; Daniel 11:27 - shall be to; Luke 14:1 - they; Romans 8:39 - depth

Verse 7

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
God
7:12,13; 18:14; Deuteronomy 32:23,42; Job 6:4; Lamentations 3:12,13
suddenly
4; 73:19; Proverbs 6:15; 29:1; Isaiah 30:13; Matthew 24:40,50,51; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3
shall they be wounded
Heb. their wound shall be.
1 Kings 22:34; 1 Chronicles 10:3-7
Reciprocal: Psalm 21:12 - thou shalt; Psalm 35:8 - Let destruction; Psalm 36:12 - There; Psalm 38:2 - thine; Psalm 52:5 - God; Psalm 58:7 - General; Psalm 59:12 - For the; Psalm 138:7 - thou shalt stretch; Psalm 139:19 - Surely; Psalm 141:10 - the wicked; Proverbs 21:11 - the scorner

Verse 8

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
tongue
59:12; 140:9; Job 15:6; Proverbs 12:13; 18:7; Matthew 21:41; Luke 19:22
all that
31:11; 52:6; Numbers 16:34; 1 Samuel 31:3-7; Nahum 3:7; Revelation 18:4,10
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 2:23 - spoken; Psalm 58:7 - General; Psalm 94:23 - And he; Psalm 109:27 - General; Psalm 138:7 - thou shalt stretch; Psalm 141:10 - the wicked; Proverbs 26:7 - so; Ecclesiastes 10:12 - but; Jeremiah 9:8 - tongue; Jeremiah 23:36 - for every; Matthew 23:31 - witnesses; Luke 11:48 - ye bear

Verse 9

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
fear
40:3; 53:5; 119:20; Jeremiah 50:28; 51:10; Revelation 11:13
they
58:11; 107:42,43; Isaiah 5:12; Ezekiel 14:23; Hosea 14:9
Reciprocal: Exodus 9:16 - that my; Numbers 23:23 - What hath; Job 37:7 - that; Psalm 52:6 - righteous; Psalm 109:27 - General; Ecclesiastes 3:14 - God doeth it; Isaiah 14:16 - shall narrowly; Isaiah 26:9 - for; Ezekiel 36:35 - they shall; Acts 5:5 - great; Acts 19:17 - and fear; 2 Timothy 2:7 - Consider; Revelation 11:17 - thou hast

Verse 10

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
righteous
32:11; 33:1; 40:3; 58:10; 68:2,3; Philippians 4:4
upright
97:11; 112:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30,31; Galatians 6:14 Reciprocal: Psalm 11:2 - the upright; Psalm 92:4 - General; Psalm 112:7 - trusting; Isaiah 45:25 - glory; Revelation 11:17 - thou hast

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-64.html.