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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 106\\

This psalm is without the name of its author, as the Syriac interpreter
observes. Aben Ezra, on \\#Ps 106:47\\, says, that one of the wise men
of Egypt (perhaps Maimonides) was of opinion that it was written in the
time of the judges, when there was no king in Israel; and another, he
says, thought it was written in Babylon: but he was of opinion it was
wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, or by a prophetic
spirit, concerning their present captivity; and so Kimchi. The petition
in \\#Ps 106:47\\, "gather us from among the Heathen", has led most
interpreters to conclude that it was written either in the Babylonish
captivity, or, as some, in the times of Antiochus: but by comparing it
with \\#1Ch 16:7\\, it appears that it was written by David, at the
time of the bringing up of the ark to Zion; since the first and two
last verses of it are there expressly mentioned, in the psalm he gave
Asaph to sing on that occasion, \\#Ps 106:34-36\\, who therein might
have respect to the Israelites that had been taken captive by some of
their neighbours, as the Philistines, and still retained; though there
is no difficulty in supposing that David, under a prophetic spirit,
foresaw future captivities, and represents those that were in them. As
the preceding psalm treats of the mercies and favours God bestowed upon
Israel, this of their sins and provocations amidst those blessings, and
of the goodness of God unto them; that notwithstanding he did not
destroy them from being a people; for which they had reason to be
thankful.