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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 61

Psalms 61:1

psa 61:1

Neginah--or, Neginoth (see on Psa 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom's rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard. (Psa 61:1-8)

From the end--that is, places remote from the sanctuary (Deu 28:64).

Psalms 61:2

psa 61:2

heart is overwhelmed--literally, "covered over with darkness," or, "distress."

to the rock-- (Psa 18:2; Psa 40:2).

higher than I--which otherwise I cannot ascend.

Psalms 61:3

psa 61:3

shelter . . . and strong tower--repeat the same sentiment.

Psalms 61:4

psa 61:4

I will abide--So I desire to do (compare Psa 23:6).

trust in the covert, &c.--make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Psa 17:8; Psa 36:7).

Psalms 61:5

psa 61:5

the heritage--or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Psa 21:2-4).

vows--implies prayers.

Psalms 61:6

psa 61:6

the king--himself and his royal line ending in Christ. Mercy and truth personified, as in Psa 40:11; Psa 57:3.

Psalms 61:7

psa 61:7

abide before God--literally, "sit as a king in God's presence," under His protection.

Psalms 61:8

psa 61:8

Thus for new blessings will new vows of praise ever be paid.

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