corner graphic   Hi,    
ver. 2.0.19.05.20
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to classic.studylight.org/

Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 60

 

 

Verses 1-12

Psalm 60

Psalm 60:1 (To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.) O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

Psalm 60:1 — "Michtam of David" - Word Study on "Michtam" - Strong says the Hebrew word "michtam" ( מִכְתָּם) (H 4387) literally means, "an engraving," and as a technical term, "a poem." He says this word comes from a Hebrew root word ( כָּתַם) (H 3799), which means "to carve, or engrave." Therefore, some translations prefer to use a poetic term (NLT, Rotherham), while others prefer a more literal translation (DRC, LXX, VgClem).

NLT, "A psalm of David"

Rotherham, "A Precious Psalm of David"

DRC, "The inscription of a title to David himself"

LXX, " στηλογραφία τῷ δαυιδ"

VgClem, "Tituli inscriptio, ipsi David"

Comments- A similar Hebrew word ( כֶּתֶם) (3800) means, "something carved out, i.e. ore; hence, gold." Peter Craigie tells us that some scholars translate the title "A Golden Psalm" from "early rabbinical interpretations." 83] Therefore, we get a variety of translations that carry the idea of treasure or gold.

83] Peter C. Craigie, Psalm 1-50, in Word Biblical Commentary: 58 Volumes on CD- Romans , vol 19, eds. Bruce M. Metzger, David A. Hubbard and Glenn W. Barker (Dallas: Word Inc, 2002), in Libronix Digital Library System, v 21c [CD-ROM] (Bellingham, WA: Libronix Corp, 2000-2004), 154.

LITV, YLT, "A Secret Treasure of David"

Luther, "Ein glden Kleinod David"

There are six so called "Michtam Psalm" (16, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60), which open with the phrase "Michtam of David." A similar title "the writing of Hezekiah" is used as the title for the psalm of Hezekiah in Isaiah 38:9-20, which uses a similar Hebrew word ( מִכְתָּב) (H 4385), means "a writing, the characters of something written, or a document such as a letter, a copy, an edict, or a poem."

Psalm 60:6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

Psalm 60:6 — "God hath spoken in his holiness" - Comments- The phrase "in his holiness" is used in:

Psalm 108:7, "God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth."

Amos 4:2, "The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks."

 


Copyright Statement
These files are copyrighted by the author, Gary Everett. Used by Permission.
No distribution beyond personal use without permission.

Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 60:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-60.html. 2013.

Lectionary Calendar
Monday, May 20th, 2019
the Fifth Week after Easter
ADVERTISEMENT
Commentary Navigator
Search This Commentary
Enter query in the box below
ADVERTISEMENT
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology