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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 27

Psalms 27:1

psa 27:1

With a general strain of confidence, hope, and joy, especially in God's worship, in the midst of dangers, the Psalmist introduces prayer for divine help and guidance. (Psa 27:1-14)

light--is a common figure for comfort.

strength--or, "stronghold"--affording security against all violence. The interrogations give greater vividness to the negation implied.

Psalms 27:2

psa 27:2

eat . . . my flesh-- (Job 19:22; Psa 14:4). The allusion to wild beasts illustrates their rapacity.

they stumbled--"they" is emphatic; not I, but they were destroyed.

Psalms 27:3

psa 27:3

In the greatest dangers.

in this--that is, then, in such extremity.

Psalms 27:4

psa 27:4

The secret of his confidence is his delight in communion with God (Psa 16:11; Psa 23:6), beholding the harmony of His perfections, and seeking His favor in His temple or palace; a term applicable to the tabernacle (compare Psa 5:7). There he is safe (Psa 31:21; Psa 61:5). The figure is changed in the last clause, but the sentiment is the same.

Psalms 27:6

psa 27:6

head be lifted up--I shall be placed beyond the reach of my enemies. Hence he avows his purpose of rendering joyful thank offerings.

Psalms 27:7

psa 27:7

Still pressing need extorts prayer for help.

cry with my voice--denotes earnestness. Other things equal, Christians in earnest pray audibly, even in secret.

Psalms 27:8

psa 27:8

The meaning is clear, though the construction in a literal translation is obscure. The English Version supplies the implied clause. To seek God's face is to seek His favor (Psa 105:4).

Psalms 27:9

psa 27:9

Hide not, &c.-- (Psa 4:6; Psa 22:24). Against rejection he pleads former mercy and love.

Psalms 27:10

psa 27:10

In the extremity of earthly destitution (Psa 31:11; Psa 38:11), God provides (compare Mat 25:35).

Psalms 27:11

psa 27:11

thy way--of providence.

a plain path-- (Psa 26:12).

enemies--literally, "watchers for my fall" (Psa 5:8).

Psalms 27:12

psa 27:12

will--literally, "soul," "desire" (Psa 35:25).

enemies--literally, "oppressors." Falsehood aids cruelty against him.

breathe out--as being filled with it (Act 9:1).

Psalms 27:13

psa 27:13

The strong emotion is indicated by the incomplete sentence, for which the English Version supplies a proper clause; or, omitting that, and rendering, "yet I believed," &c., the contrast of his faith and his danger is expressed.

to see--is to experience (Psa 22:17).

Psalms 27:14

psa 27:14

Wait, &c.--in confident expectation. The last clause is, literally, "and wait," &c., as if expecting new measures of help.

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