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John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:7

Thou art my hiding place ,.... In time of trouble; see Psalm 27:5 ; so Christ is said to be, Isaiah 32:2 . "Thou shall preserve me from trouble"; not from having it; for in this world the saints must have tribulation, and through it enter the kingdom, but from being swallowed up with it; the Lord will bring them safe out of it, and of them it shall be said, "these are they that came out of great tribulation", Revelation 7:14 ; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:8

I will instruct thee ,.... Or "cause thee to understand" F17 אשכילך "intellectum tibi dabo", V. L. Musculus; "intelligere faciam te", Pagninus, Montanus; so Ainsworth. . These are by many thought to be the words of the Lord, who gives to a man an understanding of spiritual things; he instructs by his providence, and even by afflictive dispensations of providence; and by his word, which is written for the learning of men, and is profitable for doctrine and instruction in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:9

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding ,.... The design of this exhortation is to direct men how to behave under the instructions given; not as brutes, which have no rational faculties, but as men; that they should not show themselves thoughtless, stupid, and unteachable, as these animals, or worse than they; nor stubborn and obstinate, refractory and untractable, resolving not to be taught, stopping the ear, and pulling away the shoulder; nor ill natured and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:10

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked ,.... Who will not be instructed and reformed, but are like the horse and mule, without understanding; many outward sorrows or afflictions attend them; loathsome and consuming diseases come upon their bodies by intemperance and debauchery; and they and their families are brought to a piece of bread, through their vicious courses; and inward sorrows, horror and terror of mind, seize them when their consciences are at any time awakened, and are open to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:11

Be glad in the Lord ,.... The Targum renders it, "in the Word of the Lord"; in Christ the essential Word; in him as the Lord their righteousness, and because of his righteousness imputed to them, by which they become righteous; and in him as their Saviour and Redeemer, and because of the salvation which he has wrought out for them; see Isaiah 61:10 ; and rejoice, ye righteous ; in the Lord, as before; for this is not a carnal, but spiritual joy, which is here exhorted to, the same as... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 32

True blessedness consists in remission of sin, and purification of the heart, Psalm 32:1 , Psalm 32:2 . What the psalmist felt in seeking these blessings, Psalm 32:3-5 . How they should be sought, Psalm 32:6 , Psalm 32:7 . The necessity of humility and teachableness, Psalm 32:8 , Psalm 32:9 . The misery of the wicked, Psalm 32:10 . The blessedness of the righteous, Psalm 32:11 . The title of this Psalm is significant, משכיל לדוד ledavid maskil , A Psalm of David, giving... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 32:1

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven - In this and the following verse four evils are mentioned: Transgression, פשע peshwa . Sin, חטאה chataah . Iniquity, עון avon . Guile, רמיה remiyah . The first signifies the passing over a boundary, doing what is prohibited. The second signifies the missing of a mark, not doing what was commanded; but is often taken to express sinfulness, or sin in the future, producing transgression in the life. The third signifies... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 32:3

When I kept silence - Before I humbled myself, and confessed my sin, my soul was under the deepest horror. "I roared all the day long;" and felt the hand of God heavy upon my soul. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 32:5

I acknowledged my sin - When this confession was made thoroughly and sincerely, and I ceased to cover and extenuate my offense, then thou didst forgive the iniquity of my sin. I felt the hardness of heart: I felt the deep distress of soul; I felt power to confess and abhor my sin; I felt confidence in the mercy of the Lord; and I felt the forgiveness of the iniquity of my sin. Selah - This is all true; I know it; I felt it; I feel it. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 32:6

For this shall every one that is godly - Because thou art merciful; because thou hast shown mercy to all who have truly turned to thee, and believed in thee; every one who fears thee, and hears of this, shall pray unto thee in an acceptable time, when thou mayest be found; in the time of finding. When the heart is softened and the conscience alarmed, that is a time of finding. God is ever ready; men are not so. Who can pray with a hard heart and a dark mind? While you feel relentings, pray. ... read more

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