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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 39

Psalms 39:1

psa 39:1

To Jeduthun (Ch1 16:41-42), one of the chief singers. His name mentioned, perhaps, as a special honor. Under depressing views of his frailty and the prosperity of the wicked, the Psalmist, tempted to murmur, checks the expression of his feelings, till, led to regard his case aright, he prays for a proper view of his condition and for the divine compassion. (Psa 39:1-13)

I said--or, "resolved."

will take heed--watch.

ways--conduct, of which the use of the tongue is a part (Jam 1:26).

bridle--literally, "muzzle for my mouth" (compare Deu 25:4).

while . . . before me--in beholding their prosperity (Psa 37:10, Psa 37:36).

Psalms 39:2

psa 39:2

even from good-- (Gen 31:24), everything.

Psalms 39:3

psa 39:3

His emotions, as a smothered flame, burst forth.

Psalms 39:4

psa 39:4

Some take these words as those of fretting, but they are not essentially such. The tinge of discontent arises from the character of his suppressed emotions. But, addressing God, they are softened and subdued.

make me to know mine end--experimentally appreciate.

how frail I am--literally, "when I shall cease."

Psalms 39:5

psa 39:5

His prayer is answered in his obtaining an impressive view of the vanity of the life of all men, and their transient state. Their pomp is a mere image, and their wealth is gathered they know not for whom.

Psalms 39:7

psa 39:7

The interrogation makes the implied negative stronger. Though this world offers nothing to our expectation, God is worthy of all confidence.

Psalms 39:8

psa 39:8

Patiently submissive, he prays for the removal of his chastisement, and that he may not be a reproach.

Psalms 39:11

psa 39:11

From his own case, he argues to that of all, that the destruction of man's enjoyments is ascribable to sin.

Psalms 39:12

psa 39:12

Consonant with the tenor of the Psalm, he prays for God's compassionate regard to him as a stranger here; and that, as such was the condition of his fathers, so, like them, he may be cheered instead of being bound under wrath and chastened in displeasure.

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