Ps 59:1-17. See on Ps 57:1,
title, and for history, 1Sa 19:11,
&c. The scope is very similar to that of the fifty-seventh: prayer
in view of malicious and violent foes, and joy in prospect of
1. defend me—(Compare
rise up … me—(Compare Ps 17:7).
2. (Compare Ps 5:5; 6:8).
4, 5. prepare, &c.—literally, "set
themselves as in array."
awake—(Compare Ps 3:7; 7:6), appeals to God in His covenant
relation to His people (Ps 9:18).
6, 7. They are as ravening dogs seeking prey,
and as such,
belch out—that is, slanders, their
7. for who, say they—For the full
expression with the supplied words, compare Ps 64:5.
8. (Compare Ps 2:4; 37:13).
9. By judicious expositors, and on good
grounds, this is better rendered, "O my strength, on Thee will I wait"
defence—(Compare Ps 18:3).
10. prevent me—(Ps 21:3).
see my desire—in their overthrow
enemies—as in Ps 5:8.
11. Slay them not—at once (Jud 2:21-23); but perpetuate their punishment
4:12; Nu 32:13), by
scattering or making them wander, and humble them.
12. let them even be … taken in their
pride—while evincing it—that is, to be punished for
their lies, &c.
13. Though delayed for wise reasons, the utter
destruction of the wicked must come at last, and God's presence and
power in and for His Church will be known abroad (1Sa 17:46;
Ps 46:10, 11).
14, 15. Meanwhile let the rapacious dogs
prowl, they cannot hurt the pious; yea, they shall wander famished and
15. grudge if, &c.—literally, "they
shall stay all night," that is, obtain nothing.
16, 17. Contrast the lot of God's servant, who
employs his time in God's praise.
sing aloud … in the morning—when
they retire famishing and disappointed, or it may denote
delightful diligence in praise, as in Ps 30:5.