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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 37

Psalms 37:1

psa 37:1

Fret not - Because they prosper in their wicked enterprizes.

Psalms 37:5

psa 37:5

Commit - All thy cares and business, and necessities, commend to God by fervent prayer.

Psalms 37:6

psa 37:6

Judgment - It shall be as visible to men, as the light of the sun, at noon - day.

Psalms 37:7

psa 37:7

Rest - Do not repine at his dealings, but quietly submit to his will, and wait for his help.

Psalms 37:8

psa 37:8

Fret not - Either against the sinner for his success; or against God. Do evil - If grief arise in thee, take care that it do not transport thee to sin.

Psalms 37:9

psa 37:9

The earth - This for the most part was literally fulfilled in that state of the church.

Psalms 37:10

psa 37:10

Not be - He shall be dead and gone. Diligently - Industriously seeking him. His place - His place and estate, and glory.

Psalms 37:11

psa 37:11

But - Those who patiently bear God's afflicting hand, and meekly pass by injuries. Peace - Partly of outward peace and prosperity, which God in his due time will give them: but principally of inward peace, in the sense of God's favour and the assurance of endless happiness.

Psalms 37:13

psa 37:13

His day - The day appointed by God for his punishment or destruction.

Psalms 37:18

psa 37:18

Knoweth - Observes with care and affection. The days - All things which befal them, their dangers and fears, and suffering. For ever - To them and their seed for ever: and when they die their inheritance is not lost, but exchanged for one infinitely better.

Psalms 37:20

psa 37:20

Fat - Which in an instant melts before the fire.

Psalms 37:23

psa 37:23

Established - So that he shall not fall into mischief.

Psalms 37:24

psa 37:24

Fall - Into trouble.

Psalms 37:25

psa 37:25

Forsaken - These temporal promises, were more express to the Jews in the times of the Old Testament, than to Christians.

Psalms 37:26

psa 37:26

Blessed - Not only with spiritual, but with temporal blessings.

Psalms 37:27

psa 37:27

Dwell - Thou shalt dwell in the land, and afterwards in heaven.

Psalms 37:30

psa 37:30

The mouth - Having shewed, God's singular care over the righteous, he proceeds to give a character of them. Judgment - Of God's judgment, word or law.

Psalms 37:31

psa 37:31

Heart - His thoughts, meditations and affections are fixed upon it. Slide - Slide, or swerve, from the rule, from God's law.

Psalms 37:35

psa 37:35

Bay - tree - Which is continually green and flourishing even in winter.

Psalms 37:36

psa 37:36

Yet - He was gone in an instant. But - There was no monument or remainder of him left.

Psalms 37:37

psa 37:37

Peace - Though he may meet with troubles in his way, yet all shall end well.

Psalms 37:38

psa 37:38

Together - All without exception.

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