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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 31:19-24

We have three things in these verses:? I. The believing acknowledgment which David makes of God's goodness to his people in general, Ps. 31:19, 20. 1. God is good to all, but he is, in a special manner, good to Israel. His goodness to them is wonderful, and will be, to eternity, matter of admiration: O how great is thy goodness! How profound are the counsels of it! how rich are the treasures of it! how free and extensive are the communications of it! Those very persons whom men load with... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 31:22

For I said in my haste ,.... When he made haste to get away for fear of Saul, 1 Samuel 23:26 ; and so the Targum renders it, "I said when I sought to flee away"; or else he said this hastily and rashly, in the hurry of his mind, being in the utmost confusion and distress, as in Psalm 116:11 ; I am cut off from before thine eyes ; his case was very bad, he was reduced to the utmost extremity, and his faith was as low; he thought it was all over with him, and there was no way of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 31:22

I said in my haste - Not duly adverting to the promise of God, I was led to conclude that my enemies were so strong, so numerous, and had so many advantages against me, that I must necessarily fall into and by their hands; however, I continued to pray, and thou didst hear the voice of my supplication. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 31:22

Verse 22 22.And I said in my fear. David here confesses that for his distrust he deserved to be deserted by God and left to perish. It is true that to confess this before men he felt to be a shameful thing; but that he may the more fully illustrate the grace of God to him, he hesitates not to publish the shame of his fault. He repeats almost the same acknowledgement in Psalms 116:11, “I said in my haste, All men are liars.” I am aware that the Hebrew word חפז, chaphaz, is explained by some as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 31:1-24

but part 1. might be further subdivided into three, and part 2. into two portions. The psalm thus fails into six divisions: Part 1. ( Psalms 31:1-4 ), prayer; Part 2. ( Psalms 31:5-8 ), self-encouragement; Part 3. ( Psalms 31:9-13 ), causes of his trouble; Part 4. ( Psalms 31:14-18 ), profession of faith and prayer; Part 5. ( Psalms 31:19-22 ), praise of God's goodness; Part 6. ( Psalms 31:23 , Psalms 31:24 ), exhortation to the people to praise God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 31:1-24

The saint rehearsing his experience of the great Protector's care There is no good reason to doubt that this is one of David's psalms. Its forms of expression bear the marks of his pen, £ and the "undesigned coincidences " £ between it and the history of his life are both interesting and striking. The old interpreters supposed the psalm to belong to the time when David fled from Saul into the wilderness of Maon; others attribute it to the time of his deliverance from being shut up in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 31:19-24

Praise and thanksgiving. From Psalms 31:1 to Psalms 31:8 the Lord may , must , and will help him in his trouble, because he is his God. From Psalms 31:9 to Psalms 31:18 he describes at length his trouble, and brings it to God. From Psalms 31:19 to Psalms 31:24 — I. THE PSALMIST OBTAINS FROM GOD THE HEARTFELT ASSURANCE OF HELP , AND PRAISES GOD FOR IT . 1 . God ' s goodness is a treasure laid up for future as well as present use... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 31:22

For I said in my haste; rather, and I indeed had said in my haste (comp. Psalms 116:11 ). David's faith was not so firmly fixed but that he was liable, from time to time, to a sudden access of fear (see 1 Samuel 27:1 ; 2 Samuel 15:14 ; Psalms 31:13 ). He had said to God in his heart, on one such occasion, I am cut off from before thine eyes ; i.e. he had despaired and given himself up for lost. It is somewhat forced to understand the words as meaning, "I am banished from the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 31:22

For I said in my haste - In my fear; my apprehension. The word rendered “haste” means properly that terror or alarm which causes one to flee, or to endeavor to escape. It is not “haste” in the sense of an opinion formed too quickly, or formed rashly; it is “haste” in the sense of terror leading to sudden flight, or an effort to escape. See an illustration of this idea in the case of David himself, in 1 Samuel 23:26.I am cut off - That is, I shall certainly be cut off or destroyed.From before... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 31:21-22

Psalms 31:21-22. He hath showed me marvellous kindness in a strong city Namely, in Keilah, where God had wonderfully preserved him; of which see 1 Samuel 23:7. Or, as in a strong city. He hath kept me as safe in woods and caves as if I had been in a fenced city. I said in my haste In my hasty flight from Saul, when he and his men had almost encompassed me, 1 Samuel 23:26. This happened presently after his deliverance in and from the strong city of Keilah. Or the Hebrew, בחפזי , ... read more

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