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

Psalms Chapter 39

Psalms 39:1

psa 39:1

I said - I fully resolved. Take heed - To order all my actions right, and particularly to govern my tongue.

Psalms 39:2

psa 39:2

Dumb - Two words put together, expressing the same thing, to aggravate or increase it. I held - I forbear to speak, what I justly might, lest I should break forth into some indecent expressions. Stirred - My silence did not assuage my grief, but increase it.

Psalms 39:4

psa 39:4

My end - Make me sensible of the shortness and uncertainly of life, and the near approach of death.

Psalms 39:5

psa 39:5

Before thee - If compared with thee, and with thy everlasting duration.

Psalms 39:6

psa 39:6

Vain shew - Heb. in a shadow or image; in an imaginary rather than a real life: in the pursuit of vain imaginations, in which there is nothing solid or satisfactory: man in and his life, and all his happiness in this world, are rather appearances and dreams, than truths and realities. Disquieted - Heb. They make a noise, bustling, or tumult, with unwearied industry seeking for riches, and troubling and vexing both themselves and others in the pursuit of them.

Psalms 39:7

psa 39:7

Mow Lord - Seeing this life and all its enjoyments are so vain and short. My hope - I will seek for happiness no where but in God.

Psalms 39:10

psa 39:10

Remove - Take off the judgment which thou hast inflicted upon me. I am - Help me before I am utterly lost.

Psalms 39:11

psa 39:11

Beauty - His comeliness and all his excellencies or felicities. Moth - As a moth consumeth a garment, to which God compares himself and his judgments, secretly and insensibly consuming a people, Isa 51:8.

Psalms 39:12

psa 39:12

A stranger - I am only in my journey or passage to my real home, which is in the other world.

Psalms 39:13

psa 39:13

No more - Among the living, or in this world.

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