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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged
Psalms 70



Verse 1

Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.

As the next psalm is without a title, it is probable that the two together form a pair with one title. As Psalms 70:1-5 reproduces, with variations, the close of Psalms 40:1-17, so Psalms 61:1-8, in its beginning, is taken from Psalms 31:1-24; Psalms 69:1-36; Psalms 70:1-5; Psalms 71:1-24 form a connected trilogy: the theme is the suffering Righteous One. 'Elohiym (Hebrew #430) (God) is twice substituted for Yahweh (Hebrew #3068) (LORD) in Psalms 70:1-4, and for 'Adonay (Hebrew #136) ("Lord" in small type) in Psalms 70:5, and Yahweh (Hebrew #3068) for 'Elohiym (Hebrew #430) in Psalms 70:5.

On the title, To bring to remembrance, cf. note on title, Psalms 38:1-22. A psalm designed to put God in remembrance of the Righteous Sufferer and His people. Hence, this psalm contains just the complaining and supplicatory part of Psalms 40:1-17, and omits the thanksgiving and praising portion of it. When God seems to forget us, we must not forget to 'put Him in remembrance,' (Isaiah 43:26; Isaiah 62:6, margin.) Psalms 40:1-17 contained in combination thanks and supplications. For the benefit of those who had not as yet received assurance of God's favour, David gives the second part of Psalms 40:1-17, in an independent form, as a prayer. That it is a fragment is indicated by its consisting of five verses-the number implying incompleteness. The names of God similarly occur just five times. In Psalms 70:1; Psalms 70:5 there is an ascending climax from 'Elohiym (Hebrew #430) to Yahweh (Hebrew #3068) - a consolatory thought to the godly in affliction, that He who hath infinite Godhead is peculiarly the covenant-keeping LORD ( Yahweh (Hebrew #3068)) of His people.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 70:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". 1871-8.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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