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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 28:1-5

In these verses David is very earnest in prayer. I. He prays that God would graciously hear and answer him, now that, in his distress, he called upon him, Ps. 28:1, 2. Observe his faith in prayer: O Lord, my rock, denoting his belief of God's power (he is a rock) and his dependence upon that power??He is my rock, on whom I build my hope.? Observe his fervency in prayer: ?To thee will I cry, as one in earnest, being ready to sink, unless thou come in with seasonable succour.? And observe how... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 28:1

Unto thee will I cry ,.... This denotes the distress the psalmist was in, fervency and ardour in prayer, resolution to continue in it, and singularity with respect to the object of it; determining to cry to the Lord only; to which he was encouraged by what follows; O Lord my rock ; he being a strong tower and place of defence to him, in whom were all his safety, and his trust and confidence, and in whom he had an interest; be not silent to me ; or "deaf" F17 אל תחרש "ne... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 28:1

O Lord my rock - צורי tsuri not only means my rock, but my fountain, and the origin of all the good I possess. If thou be silent - If thou do not answer in such a way as to leave no doubt that thou hast heard me, I shall be as a dead man. It is a modern refinement in theology which teaches that no man can know when God hears and answers his prayers, but by an induction of particulars, and by an inference from his promises. And, on this ground, how can any man fairly presume that he... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 28:1

Verse 1 1.Unto thee, O Jehovah! will I cry. The Psalmist begins by declaring that he would betake himself to the help of God alone, which shows both his faith and his sincerity. Although men labor every where under a multitude of troubles, yet scarcely one in a hundred ever has recourse to God. Almost all having their consciences burdened with guilt, and having never experienced the power of divine grace which might lead them to betake themselves to it, either proudly gnaw the bit or fill the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 28:1

Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my Rock; be not silent to me; rather, as in the Revised Version, to thee , O Lord , will I call ; my Rock , be not thou deaf unto me . "My Rock" belongs to the second clause. It is with David, in these early psalms, an epitheton usilatum (comp. Psalms 18:2 ; Psalms 27:5 ; Psalms 31:2 , Psalms 31:3 ; Psalms 40:3 ; Psalms 61:2 ; Psalms 62:2 , etc.). The Hebrew term used is sometimes tsur , sometimes sela' , which call to our... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 28:1-9

Providence and prayer. The contents of this psalm are in some respects similar to the contents of others already noticed. But there is one peculiarity about it to which we here propose to devote special attention. It is seen in the psalmist's prayer against his enemies. On account of such petitions, much reproach has been cast on the Bible itself—as if all the sixty-six books of which the Scriptures are composed were to be held responsible for the prayers and petitions of every Old... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 28:1-9

Man's cry and God's response. In this psalm we find— I. MAN 'S CRY TO GOD . ( Psalms 28:1-5 .) Prayer is an instinct of the heart. Man cries to man. There is a bond of brotherhood between all men. The simple fact that a brother is in need gives him a claim to help. Friend cries to friend. The nearer our relationships, the deeper our obligations. The child cries to its lather. Whatever may be the conduct of others, we are sure that parents will do what they can for their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 28:1-9

The oppressed righteous king. It is the king who speaks, whose cause is identical with that of the people. Difference between this and the twenty-sixth psalm. The ground-thought of both is that God will not involve in the same outward fate those who are inwardly different; and that the lot of the wicked cannot be the same as that of the righteous. But there it is the oppressed individual righteous man that speaks; here it is the oppressed righteous king speaking for himself and his... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 28:1

Unto thee will I cry - That is, under the consciousness of the danger to which I am exposed - the danger of being drawn away into the society of the wicked. In such circumstances his reliance was not on his own strength; or on his own resolutions; on his own heart; or on his fellowmen. He felt that he was safe only in God, and he appeals to Him, therefore, in this earnest manner, to save him.O Lord my rock - See the notes at Psalms 18:2.Be not silent to me - Margin, “from me.” So the Hebrew.... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 28:1

Psalms 28:1. Be not silent to me Hebrew, אל תחרשׁ ממני , al techeresh mimmenni, be not deaf to me, that is, to my prayers; do not act as if thou didst not hear, or didst disregard my prayers; lest, if thou be silent to me And return no answer to my petitions; I become like them that go down to the pit That is, lest I be in the same condition with them, a dead, lost, undone creature, as I certainly shall be if thou do not succour me. If God be not my friend, and appear not for me, my... read more

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