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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 62

Psalms 62:1

psa 62:1

To Jeduthun--(See on Psa 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness. (Psa 62:1-12)

waiteth--literally, "is silent," trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

Psalms 62:2

psa 62:2

The titles applied to God often occur (Psa 9:9; Psa 18:2).

be greatly moved-- (Psa 10:6). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.

Psalms 62:3

psa 62:3

Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.

bowing wall shall ye be--better supply "are." Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of "a man"--that is, the pious suffer: thus, "Will ye slay him," &c.; but the other is a good sense.

Psalms 62:4

psa 62:4

his excellency--or, elevation to which God had raised him (Psa 4:2). This they try to do by lies and duplicity (Psa 5:9).

Psalms 62:5

psa 62:5

(Compare Psa 62:1-2).

Psalms 62:6

psa 62:6

not be moved--not at all; his confidence has increased.

Psalms 62:7

psa 62:7

rock of my strength--or strongest support (Psa 7:10; Psa 61:3).

Psalms 62:8

psa 62:8

pour out your heart--give full expression to feeling (Sa1 1:15; Job 30:16; Psa 42:4).

ye people--God's people.

Psalms 62:9

psa 62:9

No kind of men are reliable, compared with God (Isa 2:22; Jer 17:5).

altogether--alike, one as the other (Psa 34:3).

Psalms 62:10

psa 62:10

Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.

Psalms 62:11

psa 62:11

once; twice--(as in Job 33:14; Job 40:5), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

Psalms 62:12

psa 62:12

for thou renderest--literally, "that Thou renderest," &c., connected with "I heard this," as the phrase--"that power," &c. [Psa 62:11] --teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.

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