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Psalms 64



Verse 1

Psalm 64:1-10. A prayer for deliverance from cunning and malicious enemies, with a confident view of their overthrow, which will honor God and give joy to the righteous.

preserve … fear — as well as the danger producing it.

Verse 2

insurrection — literally, “uproar,” noisy assaults, as well as their secret counsels.

Verse 3-4

Similar figures for slander (Psalm 57:4; Psalm 59:7).

bend — literally, “tread,” or, “prepared.” The allusion is to the mode of bending a bow by treading on it; here, and in Psalm 58:7, transferred to arrows.

Verse 4

the perfect — one innocent of the charges made (Psalm 18:23).

fear not — (Psalm 55:19), not regarding God.

Verse 5

A sentiment here more fully presented, by depicting their deliberate malice.

Verse 6

This is further evinced by their diligent efforts and deeply laid schemes.

Verse 7

The contrast is heightened by representing God as using weapons like theirs.

Verse 8
tongue to fall, etc. — that is, the consequences of their slanders, etc. (compare Psalm 10:2; Psalm 31:16).

all that see … away — Their partners in evil shall be terrified.

Verse 9-10

Men, generally, will acknowledge God‘s work, and the righteous, rejoicing in it, shall be encouraged to trust Him (Psalm 58:10).


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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 64:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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