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Psalms 64:9

 

 

Then all men will fear, And they will declare the work of God, And will consider what He has done.

Adam Clarke Commentary

And all men shall fear - They endeavored to hide their mischief; but God shall so punish them that all shall see it, and shall acknowledge in their chastisement the just judgment of God. The wicked, in consequence, shall fear, and,


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-64.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And all men shall fear - That is, a deep impression would be made, not only on the associates and companions of the wicked, but on all that should hear of what was done. People, in view of the just punishment of the wicked, would learn to reverence God, and to stand in awe of One so powerful and so just. Judgments, punishment, wrath, are adapted and designed to make a deep impression on mankind. On this principle, the final punishment of the wicked will make a deep and salutary impression on the universe forever.

And shall declare the work of God - Shall make it known to others. It will become a subject of conversation, or they will talk about it, as illustrating the divine perfections and character. Such should always be the effect of the judgments of God, for they illustrate his true character; they make known his attributes; they convey to the world lessons of the utmost importance. Nothing is more proper than to talk about the judgments of God, and to endeavor to derive from them the instructions which they are adapted to convey about the divine nature, and the principles of the administration under which the universe is placed. Wars, pestilences, famines, earthquakes, conflagrations, inundations, diseases, all teach important lessons about God; and each one bears its own special message to mankind.

For they shall wisely consider of his doing - They shall attentively and carefully consider it; they shall endeavor to derive such lessons from his dealings as they are suited to convey. In other words, an attentive consideration of his doings will contribute to maintain a just knowledge of world in subjection to him. God is thus always speaking to human beings; and nothing is more proper for human beings than to give their minds to a careful consideration of what is really intended to be taught us by the events which are occurring in his providential dealings.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-64.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all men shall fear,.... Either God himself, or his judgments: they shall be frightened at them, learn righteousness by them, worship God, and give glory to him; they shall fear him as King of saints, his judgments being made manifest; not with a slavish fear, but with reverence and godly fear; see Revelation 11:13;

and shall declare the work of God; the punishments inflicted on wicked men; his work of justice and judgment, which is his work, his strange work; for there is no evil of punishment but the Lord has done it, Isaiah 28:21;

for they shall wisely consider of his doings; consider that it is done by him, and done well and wisely, after the counsel of his own will; and so consider it as to be admonished, and take warning and caution by it. This is the use men in general should make of such dispensations of Providence; the use the righteous in particular make of them follows:


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-64.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

9And all men shall see, and shall declare the work of God. He insists more fully upon the good effects which would result from the judgment executed in leading such as had formerly overlooked a Divine Providence altogether, to catch a spirit of inquiry from the singularity of the spectacle; and acquaint themselves with, and speak one to another of a subject hitherto entirely new to them. He intimates, that the knowledge of what God had so signally wrought would extend far and wide — for he says, all men, etc. The Hebrew verb שכל , shachal, employed, admits either of the neuter signification, they shall understand, or of the active, they shall cause others to understand. But as it is usual with David to repeat the same thing twice, perhaps the latter or transitive sense is preferable. Another desirable consequence which would flow from the deliverance granted is mentioned in the last verse, that it would afford matter of joy, hope, and holy triumph to the saints, who would be confirmed in expecting the same help from God which he had extended to his servant David. Those formerly called the righteous are now styled the upright in heart, to teach us, that the only righteousness which proves acceptable is that which proceeds from inward sincerity. This truth I have insisted upon at large elsewhere.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-64.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

Ver. 9. And all men shall fear] Seeing such and such banged up in gibbets, as it were, for a terror to others, Poena ad paucos, metus ad omnes.

And shall declare the work of God] viz. His power and providence, which some doubt till thus powerfully convinced, as Claudian was by the destruction of Ruffinus.

Abstulit hunc tandem Ruffini poena tumultum,

Absolvitque deos; et non iam ad culmina rerum

Iniustos crevisse queror; tolluntur in altum,

Ut lapsu graviore ruant -


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-64.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 64:9. For they shall wisely consider of For they shall understand, &c.

REFLECTIONS.—1st, We have here, 1. David, in fear, crying to God for protection and safety. 2. He opens before God the wickedness of his enemies. Note; (1.) The people of God have been in every age the butt of the malignant tongue; and bitter words of reproach and infamy have been liberally shot forth against them. (2.) Daring sinners harden each other; and, having cast off God's government, would fain flatter themselves they can elude his omniscience, and promise themselves impunity in their iniquities. (3.) They who are maliciously bent on mischief, stop at no pains to accomplish their designs: how few christians serve their Lord so assiduously, heart and hand, as the devil's servants do their master!

2nd, Though the wicked say, God shall not see, he will awfully convince them of their folly.

1. By his judgments. God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded: one of his arrows shall do more terrible execution than all theirs; it shall pierce their hearts, and lay them dead at his feet, in the midst of their false and fatal security. Note; (1.) When God strikes, he strikes home, and there is no escape. (2.) The horrid imprecations of the passionate and profane, bring upon their own souls that damnation which they so impiously and rashly denounce on others.

2. The effects of these judgments would be great; fear of their plagues shall make beholders flee to save themselves from perishing among them. All that see it, struck with conviction, shall consider, and own God's righteous vengeance, and declare it as an admonition to the rising generation. The righteous shall be glad at beholding God glorified, and shall rejoice in his salvation, thus manifested for them; and, by present experience of his gracious interposition, be encouraged to trust him in all future dangers. Note; (1.) It is wisdom to profit by the sufferings or punishments of others. (2.) Many a warning is lost by inconsiderateness. (3.) The persecutors of God's people should read and learn, and tremble, while the door of hope is yet open. (4.) Though the misery of an enemy, simply considered, cannot be a good man's delight; yet to be rescued from the oppressor, and to see God's righteous judgments executed, is just matter of joy. (5.) They who make God their trust, shall find him their glory.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". 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

All men, i.e. the greater number of those who shall see these events.

The work of God, i.e. this admirable work of Divine power, and wisdom, and faithfulness.

Wisely consider of his doing; learning wisdom by their folly and misery, and avoiding those evil courses which brought them to ruin.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". 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

9. All men shall fear—The wicked no less than the righteous shall recognise this judgment as of God. Psalms 53:5.

And shall declare— See on Psalms 58:11


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-64.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Joyful. People both of the east and west shall learn to fear thee; or thy chosen people shall dwell in peace, and attend the morning and evening service. (Eusebius) (Calmet) --- Both morning and evening afford delight, as people may labour, or take some rest, according to their different wants.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-64.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(9) For they shall wisely consider.—Rather, And they understand his work.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-64.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
fear
40:3; 53:5; 119:20; Jeremiah 50:28; 51:10; Revelation 11:13
they
58:11; 107:42,43; Isaiah 5:12; Ezekiel 14:23; Hosea 14:9

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-64.html.

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