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John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 13



Verses 1-6

The prominence which the Ps. gives to one enemy (Psalms 13:2) among the writer's numerous adversaries (Psalms 13:4), suggests the circumstances of David's persecution by Saul (1 Samuel 21-27). The Psalmist begins in agitation and despondency, and ends in tranquillity and faith.

1. PBV 'How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever?' A single question instead of the double one of AV. 'Forget for ever' means 'continue to forget.' The seemingly self-contradictory form of the question reflects the conflict of the writer's feelings, 'Hope despairs and yet despair hopes' (Luther). Note the four repetitions of 'how long' in Psalms 13:1, Psalms 13:2.

2. Take counsel in my soul] be compelled to make vain plans for my own deliverance.

3. Lighten mine eyes] give me new life and hope. 'Dying eyes are glazed: a sick man's are heavy and dull. Returning health brightens them': see 1 Samuel 14:27, 1 Samuel 14:29.


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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 13:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.

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