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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Psalms 56



Verse 1

Title. Michtam: i.e. Resurgam. See Psalms 56:13. One of six Psalms so called. The first is Psalm 16. App-65.and sub-scription, v. m.

when, &c. See 1 Samuel 21:10; 1 Samuel 27:4; 1 Samuel 29:2-11.

Be merciful = Be gracious, or favourable.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

man. Hebrew. "enosh. App-14.

would swallow me up = thirst for my blood. Heb, sha"aph, used of wild beasts.

daily = all the day. See Psalms 56:5.

Verse 2

enemies = watchers, or observers.

O Thou Most High. Hebrew. marom, lofty, or exalted (not Elyon).

Verse 3

trust = confide. Hebrew. batah. App-69.

Verse 4

In God. Figure of speech Cycloides. App-6. Compare Psalms 56:10.

flesh. Put by Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Part), App-6, for man.

Verse 5

Every day = all the day. See Psalms 56:5.

evil. App-44.

Verse 6

my soul = me. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13.

Verse 7

iniquity. Hebrew. "aven.

people = peoples. (No Art.)

Verse 8

tellest = recordest.

wanderings . . . bottle. Figure of speech Paronomasia. App-6. Hebrew. nodi. . . ben"odeka.

Thy bottle. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6. Tears of mourners were thus collected and buried with the dead. Hence often found in ancient tombs.

Thy book. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

Verse 9

When I cry unto Thee = In the day of my cry.

for = that.

for me = mine.

Verse 10

In God, &c. Figure of speech Cycloides. App-6. See Psalms 56:4.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 11

put my trust = confided. Compare Psalms 56:3.

man = a man. (No Art.) Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

Verse 13

delivered = plucked.

"Wilt not thou . . . ? Figure of Speech. Erotesis. App-6.

In the light of the living = in resurrection life. Hence the title "Michtam". Compare Psalm 16, and other Michtam Psalms. See also: Job 33:30; and Psalms 116:8, Psalms 116:9; where it is "land of the living".

To the chief Musician. See App-64.

Al-taschith = Destroy not. See App-65. The words of David in 1 Samuel 26:9. 2 Samuel 24:16, 2 Samuel 24:17. Same word as in 2 Samuel 1:14. Isaiah 65:8. Compare 1 Chronicles 21:12, 1 Chronicles 21:15.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 56:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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