Psalms 118:18

18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.

Psalms 118:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 118:18

The Lord hath chastened me sore
Or, "in chastening hath chastened me" F4. David was exercised with many afflictions; and though these were sore ones to the flesh, yet they were only the chastenings of a Father, and were all in love and for his good; as are all the afflictions of God's people; for whom he loves he chastens. Indeed the chastisement of the Messiah was a proper punishment for sin, and so a sore one indeed; he being the surety of his people, on whom "the chastisement [of] their peace was laid"; that is, the punishment of their sin, ( Isaiah 53:5 ) ;

but he hath not given me over unto death;
as yet, or to the power of it, so as to continue under it. This is to be understood in the sense as before; (See Gill on Psalms 118:17).


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (ynroy roy) "corripiendo corripuit me", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius; "castigando castigavit me", Musculus, Vatablus, Michaelis.

Psalms 118:18 In-Context

16 The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!
17 I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the LORD has done.
18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.
19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD .
20 These gates lead to the presence of the LORD, and the godly enter there.