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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 71

Psalms 71:1

psa 71:1

The Psalmist, probably in old age, appeals to God for help from his enemies, pleading his past favors, and stating his present need; and, in confidence of a hearing, he promises his grateful thanks and praise. (Psa. 71:1-24)

(Compare Psa 30:1-3).

Psalms 71:3

psa 71:3

given commandment--literally, "ordained," as in Psa 44:4; Psa 68:28.

rock . . . fortress-- (Psa 18:2).

Psalms 71:4

psa 71:4

cruel man--corrupt and ill-natured--literally, "sour."

Psalms 71:5

psa 71:5

trust--place of trust.

Psalms 71:6

psa 71:6

His history from early infancy illustrated God's care, and his wonderful deliverances were at once occasions of praise and ground of confidence for the future.

my praise . . . of thee--literally, "in" or "by Thee" (Psa 22:25).

Psalms 71:10

psa 71:10

The craft and malicious taunts of his enemies now led him to call for aid (compare the terms used, Sa2 17:12; Psa 3:2; Psa 7:2).

Psalms 71:12

psa 71:12

(Compare Psa 22:19; Psa 40:4).

Psalms 71:13

psa 71:13

(Compare Psa 35:4; Psa 40:14).

Psalms 71:14

psa 71:14

The ruin of his enemies, as illustrating God's faithfulness, is his deliverance, and a reason for future confidence.

Psalms 71:15

psa 71:15

for I know . . . thereof--innumerable, as he had not time to count them.

Psalms 71:16

psa 71:16

in the strength--or, relying on it.

thy righteousness--or, faithful performance of promises to the pious (Psa 7:17; Psa 31:1).

Psalms 71:17

psa 71:17

Past experience again encourages.

taught me, &c.--by providential dealings.

Psalms 71:19

psa 71:19

is very high--distinguished (Psa 36:5; Isa 55:9).

Psalms 71:20

psa 71:20

depths of the earth--debased, low condition.

Psalms 71:21

psa 71:21

increase, &c.--that is, the great things done for me (Psa 71:19; compare Psa 40:5).

Psalms 71:22

psa 71:22

To the occasion of praise he now adds the promise to render it.

will . . . praise--literally, "will thank."

even thy truth--as to Thy truth or faithfulness.

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