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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 64:7

 

 

But God will shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they will be wounded.

Adam Clarke Commentary

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow - They endeavor to trace me out, that they may shoot me; but God will shoot at them. This, if the Psalm refer to the times of David, seems to be prophetic of Saul's death. The archers pressed upon him, and sorely wounded him with their arrows. 1 Samuel 31:3.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-64.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow - That is, Instead of their being able to carry out their purposes of shooting the arrows which they had prepared against others, God will shoot his arrows against them. The tables will be turned. They themselves will experience what they had intended to inflict on others. God will deal with them as they intended to deal with others. The sentiment here is substantially the same as in Psalm 7:15; see the notes at that passage. It is also in accordance with what we often find in the writings of David, when in the close of a psalm he expresses a confident expectation that the prayer which he had offered in the beginning would be heard, or rejoices in the assurance that he had been heard. The idea, also, is involved in this part of the psalm that God will deal with men as they purpose to deal with others; that is, according to their true character. Compare the notes at Psalm 18:25-26.

Suddenly shall they be wounded - Margin, their wound shall be. The Hebrew is, “Suddenly shall be their wounds.” The idea is, that the wounds in the case would be theirs; and would be inflicted suddenly. The blows which they thought to give to others would come on themselves, and this would occur at an unexpected moment.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-64.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"But God will shoot at them;

With an arrow suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them;

All that see them shall wag the head.

And all men shall fear;

And they shall declare the work of God,

And shall wisely consider of his doing.

The righteous shall be glad in Jehovah, and shall take refuge in him;

And all the upright in heart shall glory."

"But God shall shoot at them" (Psalms 64:7). In a verse and one half here (Psalms 64:7-8a), the tables are completely reversed. It is God who does the wounding. All of the cunningly-laid plots and baited traps and snares of the enemies utterly fail to harm the perfect man in God's protection.

It is of particular interest that Leupold translated Psalms 64:7-8 thus:

"But God shot an arrow at them;

Suddenly blows came upon them.

Each one was ruined; their tongues overcame them;

All that saw them shuddered."[9]SIZE>

Whether or not this is accurate, such an idea is most certainly in the passage. It was not David who was destroyed by the partisans of Absalom but themselves.

"But God" (Psalms 64:7). How often in the history of God's work among men have we encountered a thought like this. Acts 12 has a terrible record of the murder of the apostle James, the imprisonment of Peter, and the scattering of God's people from Jerusalem, "But the word of God grew and multiplied" (Acts 12:24).

Yates entitled these last four verses, "The Certainty of Judgment,"[10] leaving the way open for much wider interpretation than a restricted application of it to the enemies of a perfect man in a given situation. There is a sense in which "the certainty of judgment," like the sword of Damocles hangs over the head of all mankind. The judgment is an appointment that no man may cancel, ignore, or escape.

"All that see them shall wag the head" (Psalms 64:8). "These words refer either to `derision,' or to `shocked concern.'"[11]

It seems to us that the latter would be most appropriate here.

"All the upright in heart shall glory" (Psalms 64:10). However this might be applied to the enemies of the psalmist, these words have an eternal significance. It is true of all men that the wicked shall be punished with "everlasting destruction," but that the righteous shall be welcomed into the home of the soul, "into the eternal habitations," where they shall share the glory of the redeemed throughout eternity.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-64.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow,.... With one or other of his four judgments; famine, pestilence, sword, and wild beasts, Ezekiel 14:21; which he brings upon wicked men; and may be compared to arrows, as they are, Ezekiel 5:16; because they move swiftly. The judgment of wicked men lingereth not, though it may seem to do so; and because they often come suddenly and at an unawares, when men are crying Peace, peace; and because they are sharp and piercing, penetrate deep and stick fast, and wound and kill; they are not arrows of deliverance, unless to the Lord's people, who, by his judgments on the wicked, are delivered from them; but destroying ones, 2 Kings 13:17; when God draws the bow and shoots, execution is done. This is said in opposition to what wicked men do, Psalm 64:3; and in just retaliation; they shoot at the perfect, and God shoots at them;

suddenly shall they be wounded; with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, with a deadly wound that shall never be healed; not with the arrow of God's word, but with the stroke of his hand; which comes suddenly, falls heavy, and makes the wound incurable.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-64.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

The contrast is heightened by representing God as using weapons like theirs.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-64.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

7And God shall shoot an arrow at them The Psalmist now congratulates himself in the confident persuasion that his prayers have not been without effect, but already answered. Though there was no appearance of God’s approaching judgment, he declares that it would suddenly be executed; and in this he affords a remarkable proof of his faith. He saw the wicked hardening themselves in their prosperity, and presuming upon impunity from the divine connivance and forbearance; but instead of yielding to discouragement, he was borne up by the belief that God, according to his usual mode of procedure with the wicked, would visit them at an unexpected moment, when they were flattering themselves with having escaped, and indulging in extravagant confidence. It is a consideration which should comfort us, when subjected to long-continued trial, that God, in delaying to punish the ungodly, does so with the express design of afterwards inflicting judgments of a more condign description upon them, and when they shall say, “Peace and safety,” overwhelming them with sudden destruction, (Jeremiah 8:11 (443))


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-64.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 64:7 But God shall shoot at them [with] an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Ver. 7. But God shall shoot at them, &c.] He shall overshoot them in their own bow, pay them home in their own coin; he will deal with them lege talionis, for he loveth to retaliate, see Psalms 64:4, they shall find that he can handle his arms a fair deal better against them than they did against David.

With an arrow suddenly] As was Ahab, and the rich fool, Luke 12:16-21, while he sat pruning himself like a bird on a bough, death fetched him off suddenly by his shaft shot at him, and down be came tumbling. See 1 Thessalonians 5:3.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-64.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

God shall shoot at them; though I can neither search out or prevent their subtle devices, yet God can and will certainly do it.

Suddenly; shortly and unexpectedly.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". 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

7. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow—Both the verbs in the two lines of this verse are in the past tense, and though the Hebrew gives an ambiguous idea as to interpunction, yet we should read:

But God hath shot at them an arrow,

Suddenly have come their wounds.

Thus, when they had completed their deep schemeswhen they had bent their bow to shoot in secret at the upright,(Psalms 64:3-4,) in a moment, by the unseen arrow of God, they received their own death wound. See Psalms 7:12; Psalms 38:2


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-64.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Psalms 64:7. But God shall shoot at them — Though I can neither search out nor prevent their subtle devices, yet God can, and will certainly do it, for he ordains his arrows against persecutors, Psalms 7:13, and his arrows will hit more surely, and fly more swiftly, and pierce more deeply than theirs do or can. They have many arrows, but they are only words, though bitter, and the curse causeless shall not come: but God has one arrow that will be their destruction; his curse, which is never causeless, and therefore shall come. Suddenly shall they be wounded — That is, their wound by it will be a surprise upon them, because they were secure, and not apprehensive of any danger.


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". Joseph Benson's Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-64.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Strength, or rain. The power (Calmet) and goodness of God, are described with regard to the captives, and converted nations, (Berthier) and the great works of the creation. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-64.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

shoot. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-64.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
God
7:12,13; 18:14; Deuteronomy 32:23,42; Job 6:4; Lamentations 3:12,13
suddenly
4; 73:19; Proverbs 6:15; 29:1; Isaiah 30:13; Matthew 24:40,50,51; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3
shall they be wounded
Heb. their wound shall be.
1 Kings 22:34; 1 Chronicles 10:3-7

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-64.html.

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