Upon Nehiloth—flutes or wind instruments. The writer begs
to be heard, on the ground of God's regard for His covenant-people and
true worshippers as contrasted with His holy hatred to the wicked. He
prays for divine guidance, on account of his watchful, malignant, and
deceitful enemies; and for their destruction as being also God's
enemies. At the same time he expresses his confidence that God will
extend aid to His people.
1. meditation—moanings of that
half-uttered form to which deep feeling gives rise—groanings, as
2. Hearken—incline the ear (Ps 10:17; compare Ps 61:2)—give close attention.
my cry—that is, for help (Ps 61:2; Jer
my King—thus by covenant relation
interested in my cause.
3. direct—literally, "set in order," as
the showbread was placed or set in order (Ex 40:23).
4. For, &c.—God only regards sincere
evil—or, "the evil man."
dwell—lodge, remain under
5. foolish—vainglorious and
iniquity—especially such as denotes a
negation, or defect, that is, of moral principle.
6. leasing—a lie.
the bloody … man—literally, "man
7. But—as in Ps 2:6, literally, "and."
house—(1Ch 9:23), the tabernacle.
temple—literally, "palace," applied to
God's residence, the Holy of Holies (1Sa 3:3; 2Sa 22:7); the inner part of the tabernacle.
toward—not in; the high priest alone
was allowed to enter.
8. enemies—literally, "watchers" (Ps 27:11), hence special need of
in thy righteousness—an attribute
implying faithfulness in promises as well as threatenings.
make thy way straight—that is, make
the way of providence plain.
9. The wicked are not reliable because by
nature they are full of wickedness, or literally, "wickednesses," of
every kind (Ro 8:7).
sepulchre—a dwelling-place of
corruption, emitting moral putridness.
flatter—or, "make smooth."
their tongue—speaks deceitfully.
10. Destroy—or, "condemn" them to
destruction as guilty.
love thy name—Thy manifested
perfections (Ps 9:10).
12. with favour—or, "acceptance,"
alluding to the favor shown to an acceptable offering and worshipper
shield—(compare Ps 3:3).