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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 37:5

Commit thy way unto the - Lord. Margin, as in Hebrew, “Roll thy way upon, the Lord.” Compare the notes at Psalms 22:8, where the marg., as the Hebrew, is, “He rolled himself on the Lord.” See also 1 Peter 5:7. The idea is that of rolling a heavy burden from ourselves on another, or laying it upon him, so that he may bear it. The burden which we have not got strength to bear we may lay on God. The term “way” means properly the act of treading or going; then, a way or path; then, a course of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 37:5-6

Psalms 37:5-6. Commit thy way unto the Lord All thy cares and business, thy desires and necessities. Commend them to God by fervent prayer, referring them to his good-will, and expecting a happy issue of all from him. And he shall bring it to pass Hebrew, he shall do, or work, namely, for thee, or what is fit to be done; or what thou desirest, in the sense explained on Psalms 37:4. He shall bring forth thy righteousness Namely, to the view of the world, from which it hath hitherto... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 37:1-40

Psalms 37:0 Opposite destiniesThis psalm is an acrostic and a wisdom poem. (Concerning acrostics see notes on Psalms 9:0 and 10. Concerning wisdom literature see introductory notes to Job.) Other wisdom poems are found in Psalms 10:14, 19, 49, 73 and 112.On seeing how wicked people prosper, believers may be tempted to envy them or, worse still, to doubt God’s goodness. The reminder given in this psalm is that no one should judge by outward appearances. The prosperity of worthless people will be... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 37:5

Commit = Roll upon, or Repose on. Compare Psalms 55:22 . Hebrew. galal. App-69 read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 37:5

5. Commit thy way— ( :-). Works—what you have to do and cannot set forth as a burden. trust . . . in him—literally, "on Him." He will do what you cannot (compare Psalms 22:8; Psalms 31:6). He will not suffer your character to remain under suspicion. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 37:1-40

Psalms 37This wisdom psalm advances the thought of Psalms 36. Note the mention of doers of iniquity in Psalms 36:12 and the reference to evildoers in Psalms 37:1. Here David urged the righteous not to let the prosperity of the wicked upset them but to continue to trust in God’s justice. Similar encouragements characterize Psalms 49, 73. Here the psalmist used several proverbial expressions to convey his exhortation."In a moving way the psalmist deals with the issues of life and death, wisdom... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 37:5-7

Committing one’s way to the Lord means submitting one’s life and its daily events to the will of God. If we do this, we will experience what He wants for us. Eventually God will reward our righteousness and show that our confidence was wise."An obsession with enemies and rivals cannot be simply switched off, but it can be ousted by a new focus of attention . . . It includes a deliberate redirection of one’s emotions (4a, take delight; cf. Paul and Silas in prison, singing as well as praying),... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 37:1-40

This is an acrostic Ps., in which the alphabetic arrangement is carried without a break through 22 stanzas of varying length, to which the vv. of the English Bible do not correspond. The contents are closely akin to the maxims of the book of Proverbs, but they are touched with a fervour which elevates them into true poetry. The creed of the Psalmist is that sooner or later, even in this life, wickedness is punished, and righteousness vindicated. This is a theory which, of course, is too simple... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Psalms 37:5

(5) Commit . . .—See margin, and Psalms 22:8. (Comp. Proverbs 16:3.) In Psalms 55:22 the word is different. read more

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