Psalms 106:43

43 1Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their 2purposes and were 3brought low through their iniquity.

Psalms 106:43 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 106:43

Many times did he deliver them
By means of the judges, Othniel, Ehud, Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson, and others.

But they provoked him with their counsel;
in asking a king, whom he gave in his anger, and took away in his wrath, ( Hosea 13:11 ) , and with their idolatries which they devised, setting up the calves at Dan and Bethel; and by taking counsel of others, and not of the Lord; seeking for help from the Assyrians and Egyptians, and trusting in them, ( Isaiah 30:1 Isaiah 30:2 ) , all which was very provoking, and showed great ingratitude, after so many deliverances: or, "though they provoked him with their counsels" F2; with their inventions, as in ( Psalms 106:29 ) , yet such were his grace and goodness, that he frequently wrought salvation for them.

And were brought low for their iniquity:
or "when they were weakened", or "impoverished by their iniquity" F3 so that they could not help themselves; as they were particularly by the Midianites, ( Judges 6:1-6 ) . Unless this should rather refer to some later times, as the times of Ahaz, when Judah was brought low for their transgressions, ( 2 Chronicles 28:19 ) as also the time of the Babylonish captivity. Sin is of a weakening and impoverishing nature; it has weakened all mankind, and took from them their moral strength to do good; and has brought them to poverty and want; to be beggars an the dunghill; to a pit wherein is no water; and left them in a hopeless and helpless condition: yea, it brings the people of God oftentimes after conversion into a low estate, when God hides his face because of it; temptations are strong, grace is weak, and they become lukewarm and indifferent to spiritual things.


F2 (hmxw) "quamvis ipsi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F3 (wkmyw) "et attenuati essent", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Cocceius, Michaellis, Gejerus; "et in paupertatem devenerunt per suam iniquitatem", Tigurine version.

Psalms 106:43 In-Context

41 he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

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