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Ps 56:1-13. Upon Jonath-elem-rechokim--literally, "upon the dove of silence" of distant places; either denoting a melody (see on Ps 9:1) of that name, to which this Psalm was to be performed; or it is an enigmatical form of denoting the subject, as given in the history referred to (1Sa 21:11, &c.), David being regarded as an uncomplaining, meek dove, driven from his native home to wander in exile. Beset by domestic and foreign foes, David appeals confidently to God, recites his complaints, and closes with joyful and assured anticipations of God's continued help.
3. in--or literally, "unto."
4. in God . . . his word--By His grace or aid
(Ps 60:12; 108:13),
or, "I will boast in God as to His word"; in either case His word is
the special matter and cause of praise.
7. Shall they escape? &c.--or better, "Their escape is by iniquity."
12. I will render praises--will pay what I have vowed.