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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 116:1-9

In this part of the psalm we have, I. A general account of David's experience, and his pious resolutions (Ps. 116:1, 2), which are as the contents of the whole psalm, and give an idea of it. 1. He had experienced God's goodness to him in answer to prayer: He has heard my voice and my supplications. David, in straits, had humbly and earnestly begged mercy of God, and God had heard him, that is, had graciously accepted his prayer, taken cognizance of his case, and granted him an answer of peace.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 116:4

Then called I upon the name of the Lord ,.... Upon the Lord himself in prayer for speedy deliverance; or "in the name of the Lord" F8 בשם יהוה "in nomine Domini", Montanus, Musculus, Vatablus. , in the name of the Messiah, the only Mediator between God and man; "saying", as follows, and which word may be supplied, O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul ; from these sorrows and pains, from these afflictions and distresses, from death and the grave, and from wrath, and a sense... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 116:1-9

God the Deliverer. I. CELEBRATES A GREAT DELIVERANCE . ( Psalms 116:3-8 .) 1. From threatened death . ( Psalms 116:3 .) 2. From the pains of the unseen world or of death . ( Psalms 116:3 .) 3. His whole nature is troubled and sorrowful . ( Psalms 116:3 .) II. THE MEANS OR INSTRUMENTS OF HIS DELIVERANCE . 1. Prayer . ( Psalms 116:1-4 .) 2. The goodness and mercy of Go d. ( Psalms 116:5 , Psalms 116:6 .) III. THE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 116:1-19

Danger and deliverance. It is probable that the danger to which the psalmist was exposed was due to a very serious illness, threatening to end in death. It is certain that this is the most common danger we have to confront now. We look, therefore, at— I. A RECURRING EVIL IN OUR MORTAL LIFE — SICKNESS . With so complicated a structure as the human frame, and so intricate a system as that which has to be kept in working order, if we are to be in perfect health, it is no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 116:3-4

The experience of a deeply distressed soul. The psalm is the utterance of the glad gratitude of some devout Israelite on his deliverance from mortal sickness. But it is capable of many applications. In the temple service it was used as a psalm of thanksgiving for God's deliverance of Israel from their exile. Many have seen in it the setting forth of the sufferings of our Lord, and have applied the psalm generally to him. Others, again, take it, as do we, as describing, in vivid, impressive... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 116:3-9

The psalmist describes his trouble ( Psalms 116:3 ), his prayer for deliverance ( Psalms 116:4 ), and his actual deliverance ( Psalms 116:5-9 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 116:4

Then celled I upon the Name of the Lord . "Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord" ( Isaiah 38:2 ). O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul (compare the words of Isaiah 38:3 , "Remember now, O Lord , I beseech thee "). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 116:4

Then called I upon the name of the Lord - Upon the Lord. I had no other refuge. I felt that I must perish unless he should interpose, and I pleaded with him for deliverance and life. Compare the notes at Psalms 18:6.O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul - My life. Save me from death. This was not a cry for salvation, but for life. It is an example for us, however, to call on God when we feel that the soul is in danger of perishing, for then, as in the case of the psalmist, we have no other... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 116:3-4

Psalms 116:3-4. The sorrows of death compassed me Dangerous and deadly calamities as bitter as death: Hebrew, חבלי מות , cheblee maveth, the cords, or bands of death: see note on Psalms 18:4-5. The pains of hell Or of the grave, or of death; either cutting, killing pains, or such agonies and horrors as dying persons often feel within themselves; gat hold upon me Hebrew, מצאוני , found me, that is, surprised me. Having been long pursuing me, at last they overtook and seized... read more

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