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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 142

 

 

Introduction
1David shews that in his trouble all his comfort was in prayer unto God.

Verse 1
I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
A. M. 2942. B.C. 1062. (Title.) Maschil of David. or, A Psalm of David giving instruction
32:1; 54:1; 57:1; *titles; 1 Chronicles 4:10
A Prayer
David was twice in great peril in caves: on one occasion, in the cave of Adullam, when he fled from Achish king of Gath; and on another, in the cave of Engedi, where he had taken refuge from the pursuit of Saul. It is not certain to which of these events this Psalm refers; though probably to the former.
when he was
1 Samuel 22:1,2; 24:3; Hebrews 11:38
with my voice
28:2; 77:1,2; 141:1

Verse 2
I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
poured out
42:4; 62:8; 102:1; *title; 1 Samuel 1:15,16; Isaiah 26:16; Romans 8:26
I shewed
18:4-6; Philippians 4:6,7; Hebrews 5:7

Verse 3
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
my spirit
22:14; 61:2; 102:4; 143:4; Mark 14:33-36
then thou
1:6; 17:3; 139:2-4; Job 23:10
In the way
31:4; 35:7,8; 56:6; 140:5; 141:9; Jeremiah 18:22; Matthew 22:15

Verse 4
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
I looked, etc
or, Look on the right hand and see. but there was.
31:11; 69:20; 88:8,18; Job 19:13-19; Matthew 26:56; 2 Timothy 4:16
refuge
1 Samuel 23:11-13,19,20; 27:1
failed me
no man cared for my soul. Heb. perished from me; no man sought after my soul.

Verse 5
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
Thou art
46:1,7,11; 62:6,7; 91:2,9,10; John 16:32; 2 Timothy 4:17
my portion
16:5; 73:26; 119:57; Lamentations 3:24
in the land
27:13; 56:13

Verse 6
Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
for I am
44:24-26; 79:8; 116:6; 136:23; 143:3,7
for they
3:1; 38:19; 57:3,4; 59:3; 1 Samuel 24:14; Romans 8:33,37

Verse 7
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
my soul
142:1; *title:; 9:3,14; 31:8; 88:4-8; 143:11; 146:7; Isaiah 61:1; Acts 2:24
the righteous
7:6,7; 22:21-27; 34:2; 107:41,42; 119:74
thou shalt
13:6; 116:7; 119:17; James 5:11

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 142:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-142.html.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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