title, and for history,
&c. The scope is very similar to that of the fifty-seventh: prayer in
view of malicious and violent foes, and joy in prospect of relief.
1. defend me--(Compare Margin).
rise up . . . me--(Compare
Ps 5:5; 6:8).
4, 5. prepare, &c.--literally, "set themselves as in array."
Ps 3:7; 7:6),
appeals to God in His covenant relation to His people
6, 7. They are as ravening dogs seeking prey, and as such,
belch out--that is, slanders, their impudent barkings.
7. for who, say they--For the full expression with the supplied words,
Ps 2:4; 37:13).
9. By judicious expositors, and on good grounds, this is better
rendered, "O my strength, on Thee will I wait"
10. prevent me--
see my desire--in their overthrow
11. Slay them not--at once
but perpetuate their punishment
by scattering or making them wander, and humble them.
12. let them even be . . . taken in their pride--while evincing
it--that is, to be punished for their lies, &c.
13. Though delayed for wise reasons, the utter destruction of the
wicked must come at last, and God's presence and power in and for His
Church will be known abroad
Ps 46:10, 11).
14, 15. Meanwhile let the rapacious dogs prowl, they cannot hurt
the pious; yea, they shall wander famished and sleepless.
15. grudge if, &c.--literally, "they shall stay all night," that is,
16, 17. Contrast the lot of God's servant, who employs his time in
sing aloud . . . in the morning--when they retire famishing and
disappointed, or it may denote delightful diligence in praise, as in