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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 32:8

I will instruct thee - Many interpreters have understood this to refer to God - as if he were now introduced as speaking, and as saying that he would be the guide of those who thus submitted to him, and who sought him by penitence and confession. But it is more natural to regard the psalmist as still speaking, and referring to his own experience as qualifying him to give counsel to others, showing them how they might find peace, and with what views and feelings they should come before God if... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 32:8

Psalms 32:8. I will instruct thee Whoever thou art that desirest instruction; and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go That is, in which thou oughtest to walk. Thus, in another of his penitential Psalms, he resolves that when God should restore to him the joy of his salvation, he would teach transgressors his ways, and do what he could to convert sinners to God, as well as comfort those that were converted, Psalms 51:12. Those are best able to teach others the grace of God who have... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 32:1-11

Psalms 32:0 The joy of the forgiven sinnerWhen people are honest with God and confess their sin to him, they experience the unspeakable joy of knowing that their sin is forgiven (1-2). If, however, instead of acknowledging their sin they try to push it out of the mind, they only create greater distress and tension for themselves. This can lead to a falling away in physical health (3-4). But when confession is made, forgiveness follows, the burden of the mind is removed, and people enjoy afresh... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 32:8

I will instruct. Jehovah now speaks. See the Structure on p. 748. instruct. Hence the title "Maschil". See App-65 . Note the Figure of speech Anabasis ( App-6 ): instruct, teach, guide. shalt go = goest. I will guide, &c. = Let me cause mine eye to take counsel concerning thee. Used of Jethro (Exodus 18:19 , &c), Nathan (1 Kings 1:12 , &c), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:15 ). read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Psalms 32:8

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go;I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee.Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding;Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in.Else they will not come near unto thee."These words sound like instructions from God, and some scholars have so understood them; but many attribute them to David. "Because of the availability of God's forgiveness, David here exhorts men to pray. On the basis of... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Psalms 32:8

Psalms 32:8. I will guide thee with mine eye— Let me counsel thee with mine eye towards thee: Mudge: who observes, that the author undertakes to instruct whoever he be that hears him, and to give him a hint of advice (for that is counselling with the eye); namely, to do as he had done; honestly to confess his sins when they have been committed: for the wicked man, the man of no principles, who gives a loose to crimes without repentance or confession, is never easy, and always feels himself... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 32:8

8. Whether, as most likely, the language of David (compare :-), or that of God, this is a promise of divine guidance. I will . . . mine eye—or, My eye shall be on thee, watching and directing thy way. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 32:1-11

Psalms 32In this psalm of wisdom and thanksgiving, David urged those who sin against the Lord to seek His pardon, with the encouragement that He is gracious with the penitent. He will, however, chasten the unrepentant.Different scholars have identified different psalms as wisdom psalms. Bullock regarded 32, 34, 37, 47, 73, 112, 127-28, and 133 as wisdom psalms. Some literary distinctives of wisdom psalms are proverbs, admonitions (often taken from nature), similes, "blessed," "son" or... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 32:8-9

The psalmist instructed the godly further, as a teacher who carefully watched over their welfare. His counsel was to yield to the Lord quickly rather than resisting Him. It is better for the godly to walk in the moral will of God willingly than for God to put pressure on them to do so. read more

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