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Psalms 61



Verses 1-3

Psalm 61:1-8. Neginah - or, Neginoth (see on Psalm 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom‘s rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard.

From the end — that is, places remote from the sanctuary (Deuteronomy 28:64).

Verse 2

heart is overwhelmed — literally, “covered over with darkness,” or, “distress.”

to the rock — (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 40:2).

higher than I — which otherwise I cannot ascend.

Verse 3

shelter … and strong tower — repeat the same sentiment.

Verse 4

I will abide — So I desire to do (compare Psalm 23:6).

trust in the covert, etc.make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Psalm 17:8; Psalm 36:7).

Verse 5

the heritage — or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Psalm 21:2-4).

vows — implies prayers.

Verse 6-7

the king — himself and his royal line ending in Christ. Mercy and truth personified, as in Psalm 40:11; Psalm 57:3.

Verse 7

abide before God — literally, “sit as a king in God‘s presence,” under His protection.

Verse 8

Thus for new blessings will new vows of praise ever be paid.


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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 61:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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