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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 52

Psalms 52:1

psa 52:1

Continually - God is continually doing good: thou art continually doing mischief. O mighty - He speaks ironically. O valiant captain! To kill a few weak and unarmed persons.

Psalms 52:2

psa 52:2

Deviseth - Expresses what thy wicked mind had devised. Deceitfully - Doeg pretended only to vindicate himself from disloyalty, Sa1 22:8, but he really intended to expose the priests, to the king's fury.

Psalms 52:5

psa 52:5

Pluck thee - Violently and suddenly as the Hebrew word signifies, from thy house and lands, and all the wages of thy righteousness. Root - Though thou seemest to have taken deep root, yet God shall pluck thee up by the very roots, and destroy thee both root and branch.

Psalms 52:6

psa 52:6

Fear - Reverence God's just judgment.

Psalms 52:8

psa 52:8

The house - In God's church, or among his people.

Psalms 52:9

psa 52:9

Thou hast - Destroyed mine and thine implacable enemies, and established me in the throne, of which I am no less assured, than if it were already done. I will continue in thy way, placing my whole confidence in thy power and goodness, and faithfulness. Before - In the presence of thy saints.

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