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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 20

Psalms 20:1

psa 20:1

David probably composed this Psalm to express the prayers of the pious for his success as at once the head of the Church and nation. Like other compositions of which David in such relations is the subject, its sentiments have a permanent value--the prosperity of Christ's kingdom being involved, as well as typified, in that of Israel and its king. (Psa 20:1-9)

hear thee--graciously (Psa 4:1).

name of--or manifested perfections, as power, wisdom, &c.

defend thee--set thee on high from danger (Psa 9:9; Psa 18:3).

Psalms 20:2

psa 20:2

strengthen thee--sustain in conflict; even physical benefits may be included, as courage for war, &c., as such may proceed from a sense of divine favor, secured in the use of spiritual privileges.

Psalms 20:3

psa 20:3

all thy offerings--or gifts, vegetable offerings.

accept--literally, "turn to ashes" (compare Kg1 18:38).

Selah--(See on Psa 3:2).

Psalms 20:4

psa 20:4

thy counsel--or plan.

Psalms 20:5

psa 20:5

salvation--that wrought and experienced by him.

set up our banners-- (Num 2:3, Num 2:10). In usual sense, or, as some render, "may we be made great."

Psalms 20:6

psa 20:6

He speaks as if suddenly assured of a hearing.

his anointed--not only David personally, but as the specially appointed head of His Church.

his holy heaven--or, literally, "the heavens of His holiness," where He resides (Psa 2:6; Psa 11:4).

saving . . . hand--His power which brings salvation.

Psalms 20:7

psa 20:7

remember--or cause to remember, mention thankfully (Sa1 17:45; Psa 33:16).

Psalms 20:8

psa 20:8

They--that is, who trust in horses, &c.

stand upright--literally, "we have straightened ourselves up from our distress and fears."

Psalms 20:9

psa 20:9

let the king hear--as God's representative, delivered to deliver. Perhaps a better sense is, "LORD, save the king; hear us when we call," or pray.

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