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Wesley's Explanatory Notes
Psalms 144

 

 

Verse 2

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

Subdued — Who hath disposed my peoples hearts to receive and obey me as their king.


Verse 5

Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Come — To help me.

Smoke — As Sinai did at thy glorious appearance, Exodus 19:18. This is a figurative and poetical description of God's coming to take vengeance upon his enemies.


Verse 7

Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

Strange children — Either of the Heathen nations: or of the rebellious Israelites.


Verse 8

Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Vanity — Vain brags and threatenings which shall come to nothing.

Falsehood — Deceiving themselves, by being unable to do what they designed; and others, by not giving them that help which they promised.


Verse 12

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

That — This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay.

Cornerstone — Strong and beautiful.


Verse 14

That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

Breaking in — Of enemies invading the land, or assaulting our cities, and making breaches in their walls.

Going out — Of our people, either out of the cities to fight with an invading enemy: or out of the land into captivity.

 


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 144:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-144.html. 1765.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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