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Wesley's Explanatory Notes
Psalms 44



Verse 4

Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

My king — The whole people speak as one man, being united in one body.

Verse 11

Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

Scattered — Those who were not slain are carried into captivity, and dispersed in several places.

Verse 16

For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

Avenger — Who executeth both God's and his own vengeance upon me.

Verse 17

All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

Yet — Although we cannot excuse ourselves from many other sins, yet through thy grace we have kept ourselves from apostacy and idolatry, notwithstanding all examples and provocations.

Verse 18

Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

Turned — From thy worship to idols.

Verse 19

Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Broken us — By inflicting upon us one breach after another, thou hast at last brought us to this pass.

The place — A place extremely desolate, such as dragons love, Isaiah 13:21,22, and therefore full of horror, and danger.

Covered us — With deadly horrors and miseries.

Verse 22

Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Yea — Because we are constant in thy worship, which they abhor.

Verse 25

For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

Our soul — Our persons.

Our belly — We are not only thrown down to the earth, but we lie there like dead carcases.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 44:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". 1765.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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