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Ps 71:1-24. The Psalmist, probably in old age, appeals to God for help from his enemies, pleading his past favors, and stating his present need; and, in confidence of a hearing, he promises his grateful thanks and praise.
1-3. (Compare Ps 30:1-3).
4, 5. cruel man--corrupt and ill-natured--literally, "sour."
5. trust--place of trust.
6-9. His history from early infancy illustrated God's care, and his
wonderful deliverances were at once occasions of praise and ground of
confidence for the future.
12. (Compare Ps 22:19; 40:4).
13. (Compare Ps 35:4; 40:14).
15. for I know . . . thereof--innumerable, as he had not time to count them.
17-21. Past experience again encourages.
20. depths of the earth--debased, low condition.