\\INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 71\\
This psalm is without a title, but is thought to be David's:
Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, and all the Oriental
ascribe it to him; and both the subject and style show it to be
According to the title of the Syriac version, it was composed by
when Saul made war against the house of David; but this is not
since it was written by him in his old age, \\#Ps 71:9,18\\;
according to Kimchi and Arama, it was penned when he fled from his
Absalom: there are several things in it which incline to this.
Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions call it
``A Psalm of David, of the sons of Jonadab, and of the first
that were carried captive;''
and so the Ethiopic and Arabic versions. Apollinarius says the sons
Jonadab composed it; but without any foundation for it; and the
version is, it is a prophecy concerning the sufferings and
of the Messiah; and so Jerom and others interpret it. The
meaning respecting David seems best, though it may be applied to
church, and to any believer in distress. Theodoret thinks it
written by David in the person of the captives in Babylon.