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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 64:4

 

 

To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

Adam Clarke Commentary

That they may shoot in secret - They lurk, that they may take their aim the more surely, and not miss their mark.

Suddenly - When there is no fear apprehended, because none is seen.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-64.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

That they may shoot in secret - From an unobserved quarter; from a place where they are so concealed that it cannot be known where the arrows come from. There was a purpose to ruin him, and at the same time to conceal themselves, or not to let him know from what source the ruin came. It was not an open and manly fight, where he could see his enemy, but it was a warfare with a concealed foe.

At the perfect - At the upright; at one who is perfect so far as his treatment of them is concerned. Compare Psalm 18:20, note; Psalm 18:23, note.

Suddenly do they shoot at him - At an unexpected time, and from an unlooked-for quarter. They accomplish what they intended; they carry out their design.

And fear not - They feel confident that they are not known, and that they will not be detected. They have no fear of God or man. Compare Psalm 55:19.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-64.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect,.... Meaning himself, who though not without sin, and far from perfection in himself, in the sight of God and with respect to his righteous law, which was exceeding broad; and therefore he saw an end of all perfection, and desired that God would not enter into judgment with him; but yet, in the case of Saul, he was quite clear and innocent, and without fault. Likewise the Messiah, of whom David was a type, may be meant; who has all the perfections of the divine and human nature in him, and is without sin, holy, harmless, pure, and undefiled: and it may be applied to the church and people of God, who, though they are not perfect in themselves, far from it, sin being in them, and their graces weak; unless it be in a comparative sense; yet they are perfect in Christ Jesus, their souls being clothed with his righteousness, and so are the spirits of just men made perfect. And this character may also respect the truth and sincerity of grace in them, and the uprightness of their hearts and conversation; and such as these wicked men level their arrows at, and direct their spite and venom against, and that in the most private and secret manner;

suddenly do they shoot at him; as unseen by him, so unawares to him;

and fear not; neither God nor judgment to come. Though some understand this of the perfect who, though shot at in this manner are intrepid and courageous, and have no fear of their enemies; but the former sense seems best, which describes persons that neither fear God, nor regard man.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-64.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and e fear not.

(e) To be without fear of God and reverence of man, is a sign of reprobation.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-64.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

the perfect — one innocent of the charges made (Psalm 18:23).

fear not — (Psalm 55:19), not regarding God.


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Bibliography
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-64.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Ver. 4. That they may shoot in secret at the perfect] Innocence and integrity is no target against calumny; but every Zopyrus shall be sure of his Zoilus, who, right or wrong, will shoot him down if he can, Aliquid saltem adhaerebit (Machiavel).

Suddenly do they shoot at him] As the hunter when he lieth hidden in a bush; or as when hedges are lined, as they call it, with musketeers, which gall and kill.

And fear not] They are not at all touched either with reverence toward God or respect to man, but are utterly debauched, they ride on without reins, &c. There is an elegance in the original that cannot be translated into English.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-64.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 64:4. At the perfect The upright man. Houbigant and Mudge. David gives himself this high appellation, as referring to his integrity and uprightness; his perfect innocence of the crimes which his calumniators urged against him.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-64.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

In secret; lying in ambush, or hiding themselves in secret places, as fowlers commonly do.

The perfect; or, upright man; i.e. at me, who in spite of all their calumnies dare avow that my heart is perfect with God, and that I am blameless as to them, having given them no just provocation.

Suddenly; at the very first opportunity.

Fear not; neither men, because they conceal it from them, as appears from the foregoing and following words; nor God, whose judgments they despise.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". 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

4. Shoot in secret—A mark at once of treachery, cowardice, and cruelty. See Psalms 10:8-10 and Psalms 11:2.

They… fear not— “They cast their arrows at men because they are not seen by them, and they are not afraid of God, who does see them.”Phillips, Psalms 55:19


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-64.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Transgressions. These are the words of the Christian converts, (Eusebius) or of the Jews, who acknowledge that they have been justly punished with drought, for neglecting the temple and first fruits, Aggeus i. 4., and Malachias iii. 9. (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "thou wilt expiate our transgressions," which denotes Christ's satisfaction. (Berthier) --- Though the wicked threaten, we fear nothing, as long as thou wilt pardon our offences. (Worthington) --- These have been the occasion of our past sorrows. (Menochius)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-64.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

shoot. fear. Figure of speech Paronomasia. Hebrew. yoruhu. . yira"u.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "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

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect - like night murderers waylaying the unwary traveler (Psalms 10:8-9).

Suddenly do they shoot at him - when he least suspects danger.

And fear not - God and His coming judgment; cf. Psalms 64:9 on the contrary (Psalms 55:19).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "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

(4) And fear not.—These are utterly unscrupulous, fearing neither God nor man.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-64.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
shoot
10:8,9; Nehemiah 4:11; Habakkuk 3:14
the perfect
59:3,4; John 19:6; 1 Peter 2:22,23
suddenly
7; 1 Samuel 18:11; 19:10; 2 Samuel 15:14

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-64.html.

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