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

Psalms Chapter 102

Psalms 102:3

psa 102:3

An hearth - An hearth is heated or burnt by the coals which are laid upon it.

Psalms 102:5

psa 102:5

Skin - My flesh being quite consumed.

Psalms 102:6

psa 102:6

A pelican - Is a solitary and mournful bird.

Psalms 102:9

psa 102:9

Bread - The sense is, dust and ashes are as familiar to me as the eating of my bread; I cover my head with them; I sit, yea, lie down in them, as mourners often did.

Psalms 102:10

psa 102:10

Lifted me - As a man lifts up a thing as high as he can, that he may cast it to the ground with greater force.

Psalms 102:12

psa 102:12

Remembrance - Thy name, Jehovah, which is called by this very word, God's remembrance, or memorial, and that unto all generations, Exo 3:15.

Psalms 102:13

psa 102:13

The set time - The end of those seventy years which thou hast fixed.

Psalms 102:18

psa 102:18

This - This wonderful deliverance shall be carefully recorded by thy people.

Psalms 102:19

psa 102:19

Looked - From heaven.

Psalms 102:20

psa 102:20

To loose - To release his poor captives out of Babylon, and from the chains of sin and eternal destruction.

Psalms 102:21

psa 102:21

To declare - That they might publish the name and praises of God in his church.

Psalms 102:22

psa 102:22

When - When the Gentiles shall gather themselves to the Jews, and join with them in the worship of the true God.

Psalms 102:23

psa 102:23

He - God. The way - In the midst of the course of our lives. Some think the psalmist here speaks of the whole commonwealth as of one man, and of its continuance, as of the life of one man.

Psalms 102:24

psa 102:24

I said - Do not wholly destroy thy people Israel. In the midst - Before they come to a full possession of thy promises and especially of that fundamental promise of the Messiah. Thy years - Though we die, yet thou art the everlasting God.

Psalms 102:26

psa 102:26

Perish - As to their present nature and use.

Psalms 102:28

psa 102:28

Continue - Though the heavens and earth perish, yet we rest assured that our children, and their children after them, shall enjoy an happy restitution to, and settlement in their own land.

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