Ps 36:1-12. On servant of the Lord, see on
Ps 18:1, title. The wickedness of man contrasted
with the excellency of God's perfections and dispensations; and the
benefit of the latter sought, and the evils of the former
1. The general sense of this difficult verse
is, "that the wicked have no fear of God." The first clause may be
rendered, "Saith transgression in my heart, in respect to the wicked,
there is no fear," &c., that is, such is my reflection on men's
2-4. This reflection detailed.
until his iniquity—literally, "for
finding his iniquity for hating"; that is, he persuades himself God
will not so find it—"for hating" involving the idea of punishing.
Hence his words of iniquity and deceit, and his bold
rejection of all right principles of conduct. The climax is that he
deliberately adopts and patronizes evil. The negative forms affirm more
emphatically their contraries.
5, 6. mercy … and …
faithfulness—as mercy and truth (Ps 25:10).
6. righteousness [and]
judgments—qualities of a good government (Ps 5:8; 31:1). These all are set forth, by the
figures used, as unbounded.
7. shadow of thy wings—(Compare De 32:11;
thy house—residence—for the
privileges and blessings of communion with God (Ps 23:6; 27:4).
river of thy pleasures—plenteous
supply; may allude to Eden.
9. Light is an emblem of all blessings, given
of God as a means to gain more.
10. that know thee—right knowledge of
God is the source of right affections and conduct.
11. foot of … hand …
wicked—all kinds of violent dealing.
12. There—in the acting of violence,
they are overthrown. A signal defeat.