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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:2-51

Let us observe, in this song of praise, I. How David adores God, and gives him the glory of his infinite perfections. There is none like him, nor any to be compared with him (2 Sam. 22:32): Who is God, save the Lord? All others that are adored as deities are counterfeits and pretenders. None is to be relied on but he. Who is a rock, save our God? They are dead, but the Lord liveth, 2 Sam. 22:47. They disappoint their worshippers when they most need them. But as for God his way is perfect, 2... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:37

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip. See Gill on Psalm 18:36 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

EXPOSITION Of the date when David wrote this psalm there can be little doubt. It was at the close of his first great series of victories, after Toi, the Hittite King of Hamath, had sent to him an embassy of congratulation ( 2 Samuel 8:9 , 2 Samuel 8:10 ), referred to very triumphantly in verses 45, 46. But there is no trace in it of the sorrow and shame that clouded over his latter days; and no man whose conscience was stained with sins so dark as those of adultery and murder could... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

( Psalms 18:1-50 .).—( JERUSALEM .) David's song of praise. "And David spake unto Jehovah the words of this song," etc. ( 2 Samuel 22:1 ). It is a song of: 1 . The anointed ( messiah ) of the Lord, his king ( 2 Samuel 22:51 ), his servant ( Psalms 18:1-50 ; inscription). Like Moses and Joshua, David held a peculiar and exalted position in the kingdom of God under the Old Testament. He was "a man [unlike Saul] of God's own choosing" ( 1 Samuel 13:14 ; 1 Samuel... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:31-51

The facts are: 1 . David asserts the exclusive perfection of God. 2 . He states that his strength and power are from God, and that God teaches him to move and act with advantage in times of war and difficulty. 3 . He refers to the help received through the graciousness of God, and the fact that thereby he was able to subdue all his enemies. 4 . He alludes to the subjugation of the people to himself as the consequence of Divine help, and looks on to further triumphs over... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:35-37

"He teaeheth my hands to war; And mine arms can bend a bow of bronze. And thou hast given me thy saving shield; And thy hearing of me hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; And my feet have not slipped." Bow of bronze. In Job 20:24 we also read of bows made of this metal, or compound of metals, which was a far more ancient material for weapons than steel. The bending of such a bow was proof of great strength, and the last artifice of Penelope, to save herself... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

Two psalms (22:1-23:7)The first of these two psalms was written by David to celebrate his victories over his enemies. Later it was put to music for use in the temple services and appears in the book of Psalms as Psalms 18:0.David began the psalm by praising God who constantly answered his prayers and saved him from death (22:1-7). God displayed his mighty power in earthquakes, wind, rain, lightning, thunder and darkness (8-16), and sometimes he used these forces to save David from his enemies... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

2 Samuel 22:1. And David spake unto the Lord—this song— As this fine poem of David's occurs in the book of Psalms, we shall not make any remark upon it till we come to its proper place. See Psalms 18:0. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

C. David’s Praise of Yahweh ch. 22"It has long been recognized that 2 Samuel 22 is not only one of the oldest major poems in the OT but also that, because Psalms 18 parallels it almost verbatim, it is a key passage for the theory and practice of OT textual criticism." [Note: Youngblood, p. 1064.] This psalm records David’s own expression of the theological message the writer of Samuel expounded historically. Yahweh is King, and He blesses those who submit to His authority in many ways. 2 Samuel... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 22:1-51

David’s Thanksgiving PsalmThis beautiful poem has also been preserved as the Eighteenth Psalm. It probably belongs to the earlier portion of David’s reign, when his conquests and God’s promise (2 Samuel 7) were still fresh in his mind. See on Psalms 18. read more

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