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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 140

 

 

Introduction
1David prays to be delivered from Saul and Doeg.
8He prays against them.
12He comforts himself by confidence in God.

Verse 1
Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
A. M. 2942. B.C. 1062. Deliver
43:1; 59:1-3; 71:4
violent man
Heb. man of violences.
4,11; 18:48; *marg:; Habakkuk 1:2,3

Verse 2
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
imagine
2:1,2; 21:11; 36:4; 38:12; 62:3; 64:5,6; Proverbs 12:20; Hosea 7:6; Micah 2:1-3; Nahum 1:11
continually
56:6; 120:7; 1 Samuel 23:19-24; 24:11,12; 26:1-25

Verse 3
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
sharpened
52:2,3; 57:4; 59:7; 64:3,4; Proverbs 12:18; Isaiah 59:3-5,13; Jeremiah 9:3,5; James 3:6-8
like a serpent
Genesis 3:13; Proverbs 23:32; Matthew 12:34; 2 Corinthians 11:3
adders
58:4; Romans 3:13,14

Verse 4
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
Keep me
17:8,9; 36:11; 37:32,33-40; 55:1-3; 71:4
preserve
overthrow
17:5; Proverbs 18:5

Verse 5
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
The proud
10:4-12; 17:8-13; 35:7; 36:11; 57:6; 119:69,85,110; 123:3,4; 141:9,10; 142:3; Proverbs 29:5; Jeremiah 18:18,20,22; Luke 11:53,54; 20:20-23

Verse 6
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
I said unto
16:2,5,6; 31:14; 91:2; 119:57; 142:5; Lamentations 3:24; Zechariah 13:9
hear
27:7,8; 28:1,2; 55:1,2; 64:1

Verse 7
O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
the strength
18:1,2,35; 27:1; 28:7,8; 59:17; 62:2,7; 89:26; 95:1; Deuteronomy 33:27-29; Isaiah 12:2
thou hast covered
144:10; 1 Samuel 17:36,37,45-51; 2 Samuel 8:6,14

Verse 8
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
Grant not
27:12; 94:20,21; 2 Samuel 15:31; Job 5:12,13
lest they exalt themselves
or, let them not be exalted.
Deuteronomy 32:27

Verse 9
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
let the mischief
7:16; 64:8; 94:23; Esther 5:14; 7:10; Proverbs 10:6,11; 12:13; 18:7; Matthew 27:25

Verse 10
Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
burning coals
11:6; 18:13,14; 21:9; 120:4; Genesis 19:24; Exodus 9:23,24; Revelation 16:8,9
let them
Daniel 3:20-25; Matthew 13:42,50
into deep
55:23; Proverbs 28:10,17; Revelation 20:15; 21:8

Verse 11
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
an evil speaker
Heb. a man of tongue.
12:3,4; Proverbs 6:17; 12:13; 17:20; 18:21
evil
7:14-16; 9:16; 34:21; Proverbs 13:21; Isaiah 3:11

Verse 12
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
the Lord
9:4; 10:17,18; 22:24; 72:4,12-14; 102:17; 1 Kings 8:45,49; Proverbs 22:22; Proverbs 23:10,11; Isaiah 11:4; Jeremiah 22:16; Matthew 11:5

Verse 13
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
Surely
32:11; 33:1; Isaiah 3:10
the upright
16:11; 23:6; 73:24; John 14:3; 17:24; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 7:14-17; 21:24-27

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 140:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-140.html.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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