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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 56

 

 

Introduction
1David, praying to God in confidence of his word, complains of his enemies.
9He professes his confidence in God's word, and promises to praise him.

Verse 1
Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
A. M. 2942. B.C. 1062. (Title.) upon {Jonath-elem- rechokim.} Or, as it may be rendered, "concerning the dumb dove, (or oppressed band) in distant places," i.e., David, or his companions; though some consider it as the name of a tune, and others a musical instrument
Michtam
or, a golden Psalm.
16:1; 57:1; 58:1; 59:1; 60:1; *titles
when
1 Samuel 21:11-15; 29:4
Be
31:9; 57:1-3; 59:10; 69:13-16; 136:10,15,17-20; 143:12
swallow
21:9; 27:2; 35:25; 57:3; 106:17; 124:3; Proverbs 1:12; Lamentations 2:2,5,16; Hosea 8:8; 1 Corinthians 15:54

Verse 2
Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
enemies
Heb. observers.
54:5
many
3:1; 118:10-12; Acts 4:25-27; Revelation 16:14
most
9:2; 91:1; 92:1,8; 93:4; Isaiah 57:15; Daniel 5:18; Micah 6:6

Verse 3
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
34:4; 55:4,5; 1 Samuel 21:10,12; 30:6; 2 Chronicles 20:3; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10; 7:5,6

Verse 4
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
In God I will
10,11; 12:6; 19:7,8; 119:89,90,160; 138:2; John 10:35
in God I have
27:1; 46:1,2; 118:6; Isaiah 31:3; 41:10; Luke 12:4,5; Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 13:6

Verse 5
Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
they
Isaiah 29:20,21; Matthew 22:15; 26:61; Luke 11:54; John 2:19; 2 Peter 3:16
all
1 Samuel 18:17,21,29; 20:7,33; Jeremiah 18:18; Luke 22:3-6

Verse 6
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
gather
2:1-3; 59:3; 71:10; 140:2; Matthew 26:3,4,57; 27:1; Acts 4:5,6; 23:12-14
hide
10:8-10; 64:2-6; Daniel 6:4
mark
37:32; 57:6; 89:51; Job 14:16; 31:4; Jeremiah 20:10; Luke 20:20

Verse 7
Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
escape
94:20,21; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Isaiah 28:15; Jeremiah 7:10; Habakkuk 1:13
in thine
55:9,15,23; Jeremiah 10:25; 18:19-23

Verse 8
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
tellest
105:13,14; 121:8; Numbers 33:2-56; 1 Samuel 19:18; 22:1-5; 27:1; Isaiah 63:9; 2 Corinthians 11:26; Hebrews 11:8,13,38
put
39:12; 126:5,6; 2 Kings 20:5; Job 16:20; Revelation 7:17
are they
139:16; Malachi 3:16; Matthew 10:30; Revelation 20:12

Verse 9
When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
When
118:11-13; Exodus 17:9-11; Jeremiah 33:3
then
18:38-42; 27:2; John 18:6
for
46:7,11; Isaiah 8:9,10; Romans 8:31

Verse 10
In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
4; 60:6; Genesis 32:11; Matthew 24:35; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Peter 1:4

Verse 11
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
I will not
27:1; 112:7,8; Isaiah 51:7,8,12,13

Verse 12
Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
Thy
66:13,14; 76:11; 116:14-19; 119:106; Genesis 28:20-22; 35:1-3; Numbers 30:2-16; 1 Samuel 1:11,24-28; Ecclesiastes 5:4-6
I will
9:1-3; 21:13; 59:16,17; Isaiah 12:1

Verse 13
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
For
86:12,13; 116:8; 2 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:15; James 5:20
wilt
17:5; 94:18; 145:14; 1 Samuel 2:9
walk
116:9; Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 2:5; 38:3
the light
Job 33:30; John 8:12; 12:35,36; Ephesians 5:8-14; Revelation 21:23,24

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 56:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-56.html.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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