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Psalms 56

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 56

Chapter Overview:

David complains of his enemies, and begs for mercy, and help against them, ver. 1 - 7.
Expresses his confidence in God, ver. 8 - 13.
To the chief musician upon Jonath-elem - rechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.
Title of the psalm. Jonath-elem - rechokim. Which is supposed to be the name of a song.
56:4Will praise - I will praise the Lord for his word, for his promises of protection and deliverance, made to his people.Flesh - Infirm and mortal men, called flesh by way of contempt, as Psalms 78:39 ps 56: , Isaiah 31:3 , .
56:6They gather - After they have severally employed their thoughts against me, they meet together to compare them, and to put them in execution. Hide - They lurk secretly, that they may pry into my most private actions. Steps - That they may find some occasion to reproach me. Soul - Or, life, to take it away.
56:7Escape - Shall they secure themselves by injurious and malicious practices. The people - These who are mine enemies.
56:8Wanderings - How I have been hunted from place to place.Put - Regard and pity them. Are they not - But why do I pray to God to do that which he hath already done?
56:12Thy vows - I had made vows to express my gratitude, and resolve to perform them.
56:13Walk - That I may serve and glorify thee. The light - ln this life.