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

Psalms Chapter 76

Psalms 76:2

psa 76:2

Salem - In Jerusalem, which was anciently called Salem. Zion - Largely so called, as it includes Moriah, an adjoining hill.

Psalms 76:3

psa 76:3

There - At Jerusalem. Sword - Both offensive and defensive weapons. Battle - All the power of the army, which was put in battle - array.

Psalms 76:4

psa 76:4

Thou - O God. Than - The greatest kings and empires of the earth, which in prophetic writings are often compared to mountains. And they are called mountains of prey, because they generally were established by tyranny, and maintained by preying upon their own subjects, or other kingdoms.

Psalms 76:5

psa 76:5

Sleep - Even a perpetual sleep.

Psalms 76:6

psa 76:6

Chariot - The men who rode upon, and fought from chariots and horses.

Psalms 76:8

psa 76:8

Thou - Didst execute judgment upon thine enemies, by an angel from heaven: which is said to be heard, either because it was accompanied with thunders and earthquakes, or because the fame of it was quickly spread abroad. Feared - The rest of the world were afraid to disturb Israel.

Psalms 76:10

psa 76:10

Surely - The furious attempts of thine enemies, shall cause thy people and others to praise thee for thy admirable wisdom, power, and faithfulness.

Psalms 76:11

psa 76:11

Vow - A sacrifice of thanksgiving for this wonderful deliverance. Let all - All the neighboring nations submit to the God of Israel.

Psalms 76:12

psa 76:12

Cut off - As men do their grapes in time of vintage; so the Hebrew verb implies. The spirit - Their breath and life, as he did in the Assyrian army.

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