Psalms 39:7-11

7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth— surely everyone is but a breath.

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Psalms 39:7-11 Meaning and Commentary

To the chief Musician, [even] to Jeduthun, a Psalm of David. Some take Jeduthun to be the name of a musical instrument, as Jarchi, on which, and others the first word of a song, to the tune of which, this psalm was sung, as Aben Ezra; though it seems best, with Kimchi and others, to understand it as the name of the chief musician, to whom this psalm was sent to be made use of in public service; since Jeduthun was, with his sons, appointed by David to prophesy with harps and psalteries, and to give praise and thanks unto the Lord, 1 Chronicles 16:41; he is the same with Ethan {s}. The occasion of it is thought, by some, to be the rebellion of his son Absalom; so Theodoret thinks it was written when he fled from Absalom, and was cursed by Shimei; or rather it may be some sore affliction, which lay upon David for the chastisement of him; see Psalm 39:9; and the argument of the psalm seems to be much the same with that of the preceding one, as Kimchi observes.

{s} Vid. Hiller. Onomastic. Sacr. p. 513, 805.

Cross References 14

  • 1. S Psalms 9:18; S Psalms 25:5; Psalms 38:15
  • 2. Psalms 6:4; Psalms 51:14; Psalms 51:9
  • 3. Psalms 32:1; Psalms 51:1; Isa 53:5,8,10; Psalms 44:13
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 28:37; Psalms 69:7; Psalms 79:4; Isaiah 43:28; Daniel 9:16
  • 5. S ver 2
  • 6. Psalms 38:13; Job 2:10
  • 7. Isaiah 38:15
  • 8. 2 Chronicles 21:14; Ezekiel 7:9; Ezekiel 24:16
  • 9. S Exodus 9:3; Job 9:34; Psalms 32:4
  • 10. S Deuteronomy 28:20; Isaiah 66:15; Ezekiel 5:15; 2 Peter 2:16
  • 11. Psalms 94:10; Isaiah 26:16
  • 12. Psalms 90:7
  • 13. S Job 13:28; S Isaiah 51:8; Luke 12:33; S James 5:2
  • 14. S Job 7:7
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