Ps 130:1-8. The penitent sinner's hope is in God's
1, 2. depths—for great distress (Ps 40:2;
3. shouldest mark—or, "take strict
account" (Job 10:14; 14:16), implying a confession of the existence
who shall stand—(Ps 1:6). Standing is opposed to the
guilty sinking down in fear and self-condemnation (Mal 3:2; Re
6:15, 16). The question
implies a negative, which is thus more strongly stated.
4. Pardon produces filial fear and love.
Judgment without the hope of pardon creates fear and dislike. The sense
of forgiveness, so far from producing licentiousness, produces holiness
(Jer 33:9; Eze 16:62, 63; 1Pe 2:16). "There is forgiveness with thee, not
that thou mayest be presumed upon, but feared."
5, 6. wait for the Lord—in expectation
watch for, &c.—in earnestness and
7, 8. Let Israel, &c.—that is, All
are invited to seek and share divine forgiveness.
from all his iniquities—or,
"punishments of them" (Ps 40:12,