Psalms 70

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

1 [a]Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, LORD, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.

Psalms 70 Commentary

Chapter 70

The speedy destruction of the wicked, and the preservation of the godly.

- This psalm is almost the same as the last five verses of Ps 40. While here we behold Jesus Christ set forth in poverty and distress, we also see him denouncing just and fearful punishment on his Jewish, heathen, and antichristian enemies; and pleading for the joy and happiness of his friends, to his Father's honour. Let us apply these things to our own troubled circumstances, and in a believing manner bring them, and the sinful causes thereof, to our remembrance. Urgent trials should always awake fervent prayers.

Cross References 12

  • 1. Psalms 22:19; Psalms 71:12; Psalms 40:13
  • 2. Psalms 35:4
  • 3. Psalms 6:10; Psalms 35:26; Psalms 71:13; Psalms 109:29; Psalms 129:5
  • 4. S Psalms 35:21
  • 5. Psalms 9:10
  • 6. Psalms 31:6-7; Psalms 32:11; Psalms 118:24
  • 7. Psalms 35:27
  • 8. Psalms 86:1; Psalms 109:22; Psalms 40:17
  • 9. Psalms 141:1
  • 10. Psalms 30:10; Psalms 33:20
  • 11. Psalms 18:2
  • 12. Psalms 119:60

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 70:1-5 is numbered 70:2-6.

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Psalms 70 Commentaries

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