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  • ADAM CLARKE'S BIBLE COMMENTARY -
    PSALMS 108

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    PSALM CVIII

    The psalmist encourages himself to praise the Lord for mercies he had received, 1-5. He prays for the Divine succour, 6; and encourages the people to expect their restoration, and the enjoyment of all their former privileges and possessions, 7-13.

    NOTES ON PSALM CVIII

    This Psalms is compounded of two Psalms which we have had already under review. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th verses, are the same with the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th verses of Psa. lvii. And the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th, are the same with the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th of Psa. lx. The variations are few, and of little moment, and the explanation may be seen in the notes on the preceding Psalms, which need not be repeated here. That the Pssalms referred to were made by David, and were applicable to the then state of his affairs, has been the opinion of many; and it is probable that the captives in Babylon composed this out of two above, and applied it to the state of their affairs. Their captivity being now ended, or nearly at an end they look and pray for their restoration to their own land, as amply as it was possessed in the most prosperous days of David. The Syriac considers it as a prophecy of the vocation of the Gentiles. The Hebrew and all the Versions attribute it to David.

    Verse 1. "Even with my glory. " - My greatest glory shall be in publishing thy praise. Some make the glory here to mean the LORD himself; some, the ARK of the covenant; some, the SOUL of the psalmist; others, his TONGUE; some, the GIFT OF PROPHECY; and some, the psalmist's SPIRIT or VEIN of poetry. See the notes on Psa. lvii. 8.

    Verse 3. "Among the people " - The Jews.

    "Among the nations. " - The Gentiles. Wherever this Psalms is sung or read, either among Jews or Gentiles, David may be said to sing praise to God.

    Verse 7. "God hath spoken in his holiness " - wdqb bekodsho; some think this means in his Holy One, referring to the Prophet Jeremiah, who predicted the captivity, its duration of seventy years, and the deliverance from it.

    Verse 10. "The strong city " - The possession of the metropolis is a sure proof of the subjugation of the country.

    Verse 13. "Through God we shall do valiantly " - From him we derive our courage, from him our strength, and by him our success.

    [For the ANALYSIS, see the Psalms from which our is composed.]

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