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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 16:4

Psalms 16:4. Their sorrows, &c. Having showed his great respect and affection to the saints and servants of the true God, he now declares what an abhorrence he had for those that worshipped idols, the increase of whose sorrows he foretels, that a consideration thereof might be a means of awakening and converting them to the Lord. That hasten after another God Or, that present to, or endow, (as the verb מהר , mahar, signifies, Exodus 22:16,) another God, namely, with oblations,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 16:1-11

Psalms 14-17 Godly people in ungodly societyContinuing the theme of Psalms 10-13 (concerning the godly person who is downtrodden), the psalmist notes what happens when people refuse to acknowledge God and live as if he does not care about their actions. The result is a corrupt society (14:1-3). Because they have rejected God they have rejected the true standard by which to judge good and evil. They live solely for themselves, with no consideration for others and no thought for God (4). But in... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Psalms 16:4

Psalms 16:4. Their sorrows, &c.— This verse is put in opposition to the foregoing one; and intimates, that the lot of the persons here mentioned shall be very different from that of the saints, who are the objects of his love. In the words, shall be multiplied, we may suppose our blessed Saviour to comprehend all the calamities which befel the Jews, for having rejected him, and for having desired another Messiah. And this expression, Their sorrows shall be multiplied, perfectly agrees with... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 16:4

4. He expresses his abhorrence of those who seek other sources of happiness or objects of worship, and, by characterizing their rites by drink offerings of blood, clearly denotes idolaters. The word for "sorrows" is by some rendered "idols"; but, though a similar word to that for idols, it is not the same. In selecting such a term, there may be an allusion, by the author, to the sorrows produced by idolatrous practices. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 16:1-8

1. Joy in present distress 16:1-8In this first section of the psalm, David reflected on what he had come to know about the Lord and how this knowledge comforted him. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 16:1-11

Psalms 16This psalm voices the joy David experienced in his life, because of his trust in God and fellowship with God, even though he faced distressing physical dangers. David appears in this psalm as the type of person that he described in the previous psalm. Chisholm classified this psalm as indirectly Messianic (cf. Acts 2:22-31; Acts 13:35-37), [Note: Chisholm, pp. 293-95.] and Merrill called it a psalm of confidence. [Note: Merrill, "Psalms," p. 414.] The meaning of "mikhtam" (NASB) in the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 16:4

In contrast to these godly saints are those who trade worship of the true God for what they think they will gain from following other gods (i.e., apostates). However, they only receive multiplied sorrows. David refused to join them in worshipping false gods, or even mentioning them, because he found what they were doing so distasteful. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 16:1-11

The Ps. is the confident and joyous prayer of one whose highest satisfaction is in God and in good men (Psalms 16:2-3), who renounces all the ways of idolatry (Psalms 16:4), and who finds in God not only ample wealth and happiness for the present (Psalms 16:5-7), but also a continuous prospect of the truest life (Psalms 16:8-11). The Ps. is quoted in Acts 2:25; Acts 13:35 as a prophecy of the Resurrection of Christ. While this is not its primary reference, and while the language does not... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Psalms 16:4

(4) Their sorrows.—This verse offers also great variation in the ancient versions. The literal text runs Their sorrows [or, idols] (fem.) are multiplied (masc); another they hasten [or, change]. I will not pour out their libations from blood, and will not take their names upon my lips, which, with one or two slight changes in the punctuation, becomes—“They shall multiply their sorrowsWho change to another god:I will not pour out their bloody libations,Nor take their names on my lips.”At the... read more

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