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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 64:2

 

 

Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity,

Adam Clarke Commentary

Hide me from the secret counsel - They plotted his destruction, and then formed insurrections in order to accomplish it.

Workers of iniquity - Those who made sin their labor, their daily employment; it was their occupation and trade. It is supposed that by this title the Babylonians are intended. See Psalm 6:3; Psalm 14:4; Psalm 36:12; Psalm 53:4; Psalm 59:2.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-64.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Hide me - Or, more literally, thou wilt hide me. There is both an implied prayer that this might be done, and a confident belief that it would be done. The idea is, Protect me; guard me; make me safe - as one is who is hidden or concealed so that his enemies cannot find him.

From the secret counsel - The word used here - סוד sôd - means properly couch, cushion; and then, a divan, a circle of friends sitting together on couches for familiar conversation, or for counsel. See Psalm 25:14, note; Psalm 55:14, note; compare Job 15:8; Job 29:4. Here the reference is to the consultations of his enemies for the purpose of doing him wrong. Of course, as they took this counsel together, he could not know it, and the word secret is not improperly applied to it. The idea here is, that although he did not know what that counsel or purpose was, or what was the result of their consultations, yet God knew, and he could guard him against it.

Of the wicked - Not the wicked in general, but his particular foes who were endeavoring to destroy him. Luther renders this, “from the assembling of the wicked.”

From the insurrection - The word used here - רגשׁה rigshâh - means properly a “noisy crowd, a multitude.” The allusion is to such a crowd, such a disorderly and violent rabble, as constituted a mob. He was in danger not only from the secret purposes of the more calm and thoughtful of his enemies who were plotting against him, but from the excited passions of the multitude, and thus his life was in double danger. If he escaped the one, he had no security that he would escape the other. So the Redeemer was exposed to a double danger. There was the danger arising from the secret plottings of the Scribes and Pharisees assembled in council, and there was also the danger arising from the infuriated passions of the multitude. The former calmly laid the plan for putting him to death by a judicial trial; the others took up stones to stone him, or cried, “Crucify him, crucify him!” The word insurrection here does not well express the idea. The word tumult would better represent the meaning of the original.

Of the workers of iniquity - That is, of those who were arrayed against him.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-64.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked,.... The word used denotes both the place where wicked men meet together for consultation; see Genesis 49:6; and the counsel itself they there take; from the bad effects of which the psalmist desired to be hid and preserved. So Saul and his courtiers secretly took counsel against David, and the Jews against Christ, and that very privily and secretly; see Matthew 26:3;

from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity; their noise, rage, and tumult; see Psalm 2:1. The former phrase denotes their secret machinations and designs, and this their open violence; and the persons that entered into such measures are no other than evildoers and workers of iniquity; though they might be under a profession of religion, as David's enemies, and the Jews, who were Christ's enemies, were, Matthew 7:22; and who are further described in the next verses.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-64.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Hide me from the b secret counsel of the wicked; from the c insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

(b) That is, from their secret malice.

(c) That is, their outward violence.


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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-64.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

insurrection — literally, “uproar,” noisy assaults, as well as their secret counsels.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-64.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 64:2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Ver. 2. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked] Or, from the mystery of evil doers, from the Church malignant, that mystery of iniquity. See the contrary, Psalms 111:1.

From the insurrection, &c.] Heb. from their tumult, their hurricum, their open force, as well as from their secret fraud. Let thy protection equal their projects, who turn every stone to undo me.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-64.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

From the secret counsel, i.e. from the ill effects of their plots against me.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-64.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

2. Secret counsel—Conspiracy, dark plotting.

Insurrection—The word signifies a tumultuous assembly, a rushing together of the masses, as Psalms 2:1; a noisy crowd, Psalms 55:14. The secret counsel of Saul and the leaders of the nation gave birth to open demonstrations on the part of the people, both which are here deprecated.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-64.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Hymn. Or Hebrew, "Praise is silent," (Haydock) "waiteth," (Protestants) or "silence is praise for thee, O God." (Pagnin) Favete linguis. (Horace) (Grotius) --- "We worship Him with pure silence." (Porphyrius, Abst. iii.) (Zacharias ii. 13.) (Haydock) --- In Jerusalem, is not in Hebrew, &c., though Houbigant thinks it was originally. (Berthier) --- "Only the vows of ecclesiastical religion are useful." (St. Hilary) --- Praises of those who are out of the Church, are not acceptable to God. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-64.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Hide. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for protect.

secret counsel = conspiracy (2 Samuel 16:20-22; 2 Samuel 17:1-4).

wicked. Hebrew. ra"a".

insurrection. The former, secret; this, open.

iniquity. Hebrew. "avah.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-64.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked - `from the divan of the malicious;' from the secret session together of those who plot mischief against me. Compare with Psalms 64:1-2; Psalms 55:2-4; Psalms 83:3.

From the insurrection of the workers of iniquity ( meerigshat (Hebrew #7285)) - 'from the tumult of,' etc.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-64.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(2) Secret counsel . . . insurrection—Better, secret league (sôd) . . . noisy gathering (rigshah). For sôd see Psalms 25:14, and for rigshah see Note to Psalms 2:2.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-64.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
Hide
27:5; 31:20; 143:9; Isaiah 32:2
secret
56:6; 109:2,3; Genesis 4:6; 1 Samuel 23:22,23; 2 Samuel 17:2-4; Jeremiah 11:19; 18:23; Matthew 26:3,4; Acts 23:14,15; 25:3
insurrection
2:2; 3:1; Luke 23:18-23

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-64.html.

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