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Psalms 11



Verse 1

Psalm 11:1-7. On title, see on Introduction. Alluding to some event in his history, as in 1 Samuel 23:13, the Psalmist avows his confidence in God, when admonished to flee from his raging persecutors, whose destruction of the usual foundations of safety rendered all his efforts useless. The grounds of his confidence are God‘s supreme dominion, His watchful care of His people, His hatred to the wicked and judgments on them, and His love for righteousness and the righteous.

my soul — me (Psalm 3:2).

Flee — literally, “flee ye”; that is, he and his companion.

as a bird to your mountain — having as such no safety but in flight (compare 1 Samuel 26:20; Lamentations 3:52).

Verse 2

privily — literally, “in darkness,” treacherously.

Verse 3

Literally, “The foundations (that is, of good order and law) will be destroyed, what has the righteous done (to sustain them)?” All his efforts have failed.

Verse 4
heaven — The connection seems to denote God‘s heavenly residence; the term used is taken from the place of His visible earthly abode (Psalm 2:6; Psalm 3:4; Psalm 5:7). Thence He inspects men with close scrutiny.

Verse 5

The trial of the righteous results in their approval, as it is contrasted with God‘s hatred to the wicked.

Verse 6

Their punishment is described by vivid figures denoting abundant, sudden, furious, and utter destruction (compare Genesis 19:24; Job 18:15; Psalm 7:15; Psalm 9:15).

cup — is a frequent figure for God‘s favor or wrath (Psalm 16:5; Psalm 23:5; Matthew 20:22, Matthew 20:23).

Verse 7

his countenance — literally, “their faces,” a use of the plural applied to God, as in Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Genesis 11:7; Isaiah 6:8, etc., denoting the fullness of His perfections, or more probably originating in a reference to the trinity of persons. “Faces” is used as “eyes” (Psalm 11:4), expressing here God‘s complacency towards the upright (compare Psalm 34:15, Psalm 34:16).


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 11:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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