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Psalms 32



Verse 1-2

Psalm 32:1-11. Maschil - literally, “giving instruction.” The Psalmist describes the blessings of His forgiveness, succeeding the pains of conviction, and deduces from his own experience instruction and exhortation to others.

(Compare Romans 4:6).

forgiven — literally, “taken away,” opposed to retain (John 20:23).

covered — so that God no longer regards the sin (Psalm 85:3).

Verse 2

imputeth — charge to him, and treat him accordingly.

no guile — or, deceit, no false estimate of himself, nor insincerity before God (compare Romans 8:1).

Verse 3-4

A vivid description of felt, but unacknowledged, sin.

When — literally, “for,” as in Psalm 32:4.

Verse 4

thy hand — of God, or power in distressing him (Psalm 38:2).

moisture — vital juices of the body, the parching heat of which expresses the anguish of the soul. On the other figures, compare Psalm 6:2, Psalm 6:7; Psalm 31:9-11. If composed on the occasion of the fifty-first Psalm, this distress may have been protracted for several months.

Verse 5

A prompt fulfillment of the purposed confession is followed by a prompt forgiveness.

Verse 6

For this — that is, my happy experience.

godly — pious in the sense of Psalm 4:3.

a time — (Isaiah 55:6); when God‘s Spirit inclines us to seek pardon, He is ready to forgive.

floods, etc. — denotes great danger (Psalm 18:17; Psalm 66:12).

Verse 7

His experience illustrates the statement of Psalm 32:6.

Verse 8

Whether, as most likely, the language of David (compare Psalm 51:13), or that of God, this is a promise of divine guidance.

I will … mine eye — or, My eye shall be on thee, watching and directing thy way.

Verse 9

The latter clause, more literally, “in that they come not near thee”; that is, because they will not come, etc., unless forced by bit and bridle.

Verse 10

The sorrows of the impenitent contrasted with the peace and safety secured by God‘s mercy.

Verse 11

The righteous and upright, or those conforming to the divine teaching for securing the divine blessing, may well rejoice with shouting.


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 32:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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