Psalms 54

PSALM 54

Psalms 54:1-7 . 1 Samuel 23:19 1 Samuel 23:29 , 26:1-25 . After an earnest cry for help, the Psalmist promises praise in the assurance of a hearing.

1. by thy name--( Psalms 5:11 ), specially, power.
judge me--as in Psalms 7:8 , 26:1 .

2. (Compare Psalms 4:1 , 5:1 ).

3. strangers--perhaps Ziphites.
oppressors--literally, "terrible ones" ( Isaiah 13:11 , 25:3 ). Such were Saul and his army.
not set . . . them--acted as atheists, without God's fear (compare Psalms 16:8 ).

4. (Compare Psalms 30:10 ).
with them--on their side, and for me (compare Psalms 46:11 ).

5. He shall . . . evil--or, "Evil shall return on" ( Psalms 7:16 ) my enemies or watchers, that is, to do me evil ( Psalms 6:7 ).
in thy truth--Thy verified promise.

6. I will freely, &c.--or, present a freewill offering ( Leviticus 7:16 , Numbers 15:3 ).

7. mine eye . . . desire--(compare Psalms 59:10 , 112:8 ), expresses satisfaction in beholding the overthrow of his enemies as those of God, without implying any selfish or unholy feeling (compare Psalms 52:6 Psalms 52:7 ).

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