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Psalms 71

PSALM 71

Psalms 71:1-24 . The Psalmist, probably in old age, appeals to God for help from his enemies, pleading his past favors, and stating his present need; and, in confidence of a hearing, he promises his grateful thanks and praise.

1-3. (Compare Psalms 30:1-3 ).

3. given commandment--literally, "ordained," as in Psalms 44:4 , 68:28 .
rock . . . fortress--( Psalms 18:2 ).

4, 5. cruel man--corrupt and ill-natured--literally, "sour."

5. trust--place of trust.

6-9. His history from early infancy illustrated God's care, and his wonderful deliverances were at once occasions of praise and ground of confidence for the future.
my praise . . . of thee--literally, "in" or "by Thee" ( Psalms 22:25 ).

10, 11. The craft and malicious taunts of his enemies now led him to call for aid (compare the terms used, 2 Samuel 17:12 , Psalms 3:2 , 7:2 ).

12. (Compare Psalms 22:19 , 40:4 ).

13. (Compare Psalms 35:4 , 40:14 ).

14-16. The ruin of his enemies, as illustrating God's faithfulness, is his deliverance, and a reason for future confidence.

15. for I know . . . thereof--innumerable, as he had not time to count them.

16. in the strength--or, relying on it.
thy righteousness--or, faithful performance of promises to the pious ( Psalms 7:17 , 31:1 ).

17-21. Past experience again encourages.
taught me, &c.--by providential dealings.

19. is very high--distinguished ( Psalms 36:5 , Isaiah 55:9 ).

20. depths of the earth--debased, low condition.

21. increase, &c.--that is, the great things done for me ( Psalms 71:19 ; compare Psalms 40:5 ).

22-24. To the occasion of praise he now adds the promise to render it.
will . . . praise--literally, "will thank."
even thy truth--as to Thy truth or faithfulness.

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