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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Psalms 62

 

 

Verse 1

Psalm 62:1-12. To Jeduthun - (See on Psalm 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

waiteth — literally, “is silent,” trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.


Verse 2

The titles applied to God often occur (Psalm 9:9; Psalm 18:2).

be greatly moved — (Psalm 10:6). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.


Verse 3

Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.

bowing wall shall ye be — better supply “are.” Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of “a man” - that is, the pious suffer: thus, “Will ye slay him,” etc.; but the other is a good sense.


Verse 4

his excellency — or, elevation to which God had raised him (Psalm 4:2). This they try to do by lies and duplicity (Psalm 5:9).


Verse 5-6

(Compare Psalm 62:1, Psalm 62:2).


Verse 6

not be moved — not at all; his confidence has increased.


Verse 7

rock of my strength — or strongest support (Psalm 7:10; Psalm 61:3).


Verse 8

pour out your heart — give full expression to feeling (1 Samuel 1:15; Job 30:16; Psalm 42:4).

ye people — God‘s people.


Verse 9

No kind of men are reliable, compared with God (Isaiah 2:22; Jeremiah 17:5).

altogether — alike, one as the other (Psalm 34:3).


Verse 10

Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.


Verse 11

once; twice — (as in Job 33:14; Job 40:5), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God‘s power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.


Verse 12

for thou renderest — literally, “that Thou renderest,” etc., connected with “I heard this,” as the phrase - “that power,” etc. [Psalm 62:11 ] - teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.

 


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 62:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-62.html. 1871-8.

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Monday, September 16th, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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