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Ps 43:1-5. Excepting the recurrence of the refrain, there is no good reason to suppose this a part of the preceding, though the scope is the same. It has always been placed separate.

1. Judge—or, "vindicate" (Ps 10:18).

plead, &c.—(Ps 35:1).

ungodly—neither in character or condition objects of God's favor (compare Ps 4:3).

2. God of my strength—by covenant relation my stronghold (Ps 18:1).

cast me off—in scorn.

because—or, "in," that is, in such circumstances of oppression.

3. light—as in Ps 27:1.

truth—or, "faithfulness" (Ps 25:5), manifest it by fulfilling promises. Light and truth are personified as messengers who will bring him to the privileged place of worship.

tabernacles—plural, in allusion to the various courts.

4. the altar—as the chief place of worship. The mention of the harp suggests the prominence of praise in his offering.

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