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Psalms 140



Verse 1

Psalm 140:1-13. The style of this Psalm resembles those of David in the former part of the book, presenting the usual complaint, prayer, and confident hope of relief.

evil man — Which of David‘s enemies is meant is not important.

Verses 2-5

This character of the wicked, and the devices planned against the pious, correspond to Psalm 10:7; Psalm 31:13; Psalm 58:4, etc.

Verse 3

sharpened … like a serpent — not like a serpent does, but they are thus like a serpent in cunning and venom.

Verse 5

snare [and] net — for threatening dangers (compare Psalm 38:12; Psalm 57:6).

Verse 6

(Compare Psalm 5:1-12; Psalm 16:2).

Verse 7

day of battle — literally, “of armor,” that is, when using it.

Verse 8

(Compare Psalm 37:12; Psalm 66:7).

lest they exalt themselves — or, they will be exalted if permitted to prosper.

Verse 9

Contrasts his head covered by God (Psalm 140:7) with theirs, or (as “head” may be used for “persons”) with them, covered with the results of their wicked deeds (Psalm 7:16).

Verse 10

(Compare Psalm 11:6; Psalm 120:4).

cast into the fire; into deep pits — figures for utter destruction.

Verse 11

an evil speaker — or, “slanderer” will not be tolerated (Psalm 101:7). The last clause may be translated: “an evil (man) He (God) shall hunt,” etc.

Verse 12

(Compare Psalm 9:4).

Verse 13

After all changes, the righteous shall have cause for praise. Such

shall dwell — shall sit securely, under God‘s protection (Psalm 21:6; Psalm 41:12).


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 140:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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