Verse 2. Here the words, "together," and, "to destroy it," which occur in Psalm 40, are omitted: a man in haste uses no more words than are actually necessary. His enemies desired to put his faith to shame, and he eagerly entreats that they may be disappointed, and themselves covered with confusion. It shall certainly be so; if not sooner, yet at that dread day when the wicked shall awake to shame and everlasting contempt.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt: turned back and driven back are merely the variations of the translators. When men labour to turn others back from the right road, it is God's retaliation to drive them back from the point they are aiming at.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 2. Let them be confounded; viz., among themselves, and in their own understandings: and put to shame; viz., in the sight and presence of men before whom they think to attain great glory, in banding themselves against me. Thomas Wilcocks.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- There are those who seek our soul's hurt.
- We must oppose them, not dally or yield.
- Our best weapon is prayer to God.
- Their defeat is here described.