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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 28

Psalms 28:1

psa 28:1

An earnest cry for divine aid against his enemies, as being also those of God, is followed by the Psalmist's praise in assurance of a favorable answer, and a prayer for all God's people. (Psa 28:1-9)

my rock-- (Psa 18:2, Psa 18:31).

be not silent to me--literally, "from me," deaf or inattentive.

become like them, &c.--share their fate.

go down into the pit--or, "grave" (Psa 30:3).

Psalms 28:2

psa 28:2

lift up my hands--a gesture of prayer (Psa 63:4; Psa 141:2).

oracle--place of speaking (Exo 25:22; Num 7:89), where God answered His people (compare Psa 5:7).

Psalms 28:3

psa 28:3

Draw me not away--implies punishment as well as death (compare Psa 26:9). Hypocrisy is the special wickedness mentioned.

Psalms 28:4

psa 28:4

The imprecation is justified in Psa 28:5. The force of the passage is greatly enhanced by the accumulation of terms describing their sin.

endeavours--points out their deliberate sinfulness.

Psalms 28:5

psa 28:5

Disregard of God's judgments brings a righteous punishment.

destroy . . . build . . . up--The positive strengthened by the negative form.

Psalms 28:6

psa 28:6

supplications--or, "cries for mercy."

Psalms 28:7

psa 28:7

The repetition of "heart" denotes his sincerity.

Psalms 28:8

psa 28:8

The distinction made between the people.

their strength--and the anointed--may indicate Absalom's rebellion as the occasion.

Psalms 28:9

psa 28:9

The special prayer for the people sustains this view.

feed them--as a shepherd (Psa 23:1, &c.).

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