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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 57

 

 

Introduction
1David in prayer fleeing unto God, complains of his dangerous case.
7He encourages himself to praise God.

Verse 1
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
A. M. 2943. B.C. 1061. (Title.) {Al-tas-chith.} or, destroy not. A golden Psalm. This Psalm is supposed to have been called {al tashcheth,} or "destroy not," because David thus addressed one of his followers when about to kill Saul in the cave; and {michtam,} or "golden," because written, or worthy to be written, in gold
58:1; 59:1; *titles
when
142:1; *title; 1 Samuel 22:1; 24:3,8
be
56:1; 69:13-16; 119:76,77
soul
9:10; 13:5; 125:1; Isaiah 50:10
shadow
17:7,8; 36:7; 61:4; 63:7; 91:1,4,9; Ruth 2:12; Luke 13:34
until
Isaiah 10:25; 26:20; Matthew 24:22; John 16:20; James 5:10,11; Revelation 7:14; 21:4

Verse 2
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
God most
56:2; 136:2,3; Isaiah 57:15
that
138:8; Isaiah 26:12; Philippians 1:6; 2:12; Hebrews 13:21

Verse 3
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
send
18:6-50; 144:5-7; Matthew 28:2-6; Acts 12:11
from the reproach of him
or, he reproacheth him, etc. swallow.
56:1,2; 61:7; Numbers 23:24; Job 31:31; Micah 3:2,3
send
40:11; 43:3; John 1:17

Verse 4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
among
10:9; 17:12,13; 22:13-16; 35:17; 58:6; Proverbs 28:15; Daniel 6:22-24
set
Judges 9:20; James 3:6
whose
58:6; John 4:10,11; Proverbs 30:14
tongue
52:2; 55:21; 64:3; Proverbs 12:18; 25:18; Revelation 19:15

Verse 5
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
Be thou
11; 21:13; 108:4,5; 1 Chronicles 29:1; Isaiah 2:11,17; 12:4; 37:20; Matthew 6:9,10
above
8:1; 113:4-6
thy glory
72:19; 148:13; Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 2:14; 3:3

Verse 6
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
a net
7:15,16; 9:15,16; 35:7,8; 140:5; 1 Samuel 23:22-26; Proverbs 29:5; Micah 7:2
my soul
42:6; 142:3; 143:4; Matthew 26:37,38

Verse 7
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
my
108:1,2; 112:7
fixed
or, prepared. I will.
34:4; Isaiah 24:15; Romans 5:3; Ephesians 5:20

Verse 8
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
Awake
Judges 5:12; Isaiah 52:1,9
my glory
16:9; 30:12; 108:1-3; Acts 2:26
I myself will awake early
Literally,"I will awaken the morning," or dawn; a highly poetical expression, which Milton and others have borrowed:-- Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn.

Verse 9
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
2:1; 18:49; 22:22,23; 96:3; 138:1,4,5; 145:10-12; Romans 15:9

Verse 10
For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
For
36:5; 71:19; 85:10,11; 89:1,2; 103:11; 108:4
truth
Genesis 9:9-17; Isaiah 54:7-10; Hebrews 6:17,18

Verse 11
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
5; 8:1,9; Revelation 15:3,4

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 57:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-57.html.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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