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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 55:9-15

David here complains of his enemies, whose wicked plots had brought him, though not to his faith's end, yet to his wits? end, and prays against them by the spirit of prophecy. Observe here, I. The character he gives of the enemies he feared. They were of the worst sort of men, and his description of them agrees very well with Absalom and his accomplices. 1. He complains of the city of Jerusalem, which strangely fell in with Absalom and fell off from David, so that he had none there but how own... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 55:11

Wickedness is in the midst thereof ,.... All manner of wickedness; abominable wickedness; wickedness as arrived to its highest pitch, and as having filled up its measure; see Ezekiel 9:4 ; deceit and guile depart not from her streets ; where truth was fallen, and equity could not enter, Isaiah 59:14 ; for these are contrary the one to the other, and are incompatible; where the one prevails, the other must give way. This whole account shows the aboundings of sin in Jerusalem at this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:9-15

With a sudden transition, the writer passes from his own suffering, fears, and longings, to imprecations on his enemies, and a description of their wicked proceedings. In the course of his description he singles out one individual for special remark—one who had been his own guide, companion, and friend—but who had turned against him, and joined the company of his adversaries ( Psalms 55:12-14 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:9-15

A picture of corrupt city life and private life, and a denunciation of God's judgments upon them. I. CORRUPT CITY LIFE . ( Psalms 55:10 , Psalms 55:11 .) 1 . Corrupt in every part , on the walls and in the interior. Violence and strife reign unchecked universally. 2 . Falsehood and deceit ruled in the market-place. ( Psalms 55:11 .) In the square, or market-place, near the gates, where was the general place of concourse, men cheated and deceived each other in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:11

Wickedness is in the midst thereof; deceit and guile depart not from her streets; literally, out of her street ( rehob ) — "the open square, where justice ought to have been administered "(Kay), "adjoining the vaulted passage of the city gate" (Cheyne); comp. Job 29:7 . read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 55:11

Wickedness is in the midst thereof - That is, the wickedness connected with rebellion and revolt.Deceit and guile depart not from her streets - They are everywhere. They are found in every street and alley. They pervade all classes of the people. The word rendered “deceit” means rather “oppression.” This was connected with “guile,” or with “deceit.” That is, wrong would be everywhere committed, and the perpetration of those wrongs would be connected with false representations, and false... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 55:10-11

Psalms 55:10-11. Day and night they That is, the violence and strife, last mentioned; go about Do encompass it, as it were a garrison. Upon the walls thereof In the outward parts, as also in the very midst of it So that all parts were horribly corrupted. Deceit and guile depart not from her streets The places of buying and selling, and of public commerce. So their sins were both universal and impudent. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 55:1-23

Psalms 55:0 Betrayed by a friendDavid is worried and uncertain. He has found that so-called friends have been plotting against him (e.g. Ahithophel; 2 Samuel 15:12,2 Samuel 15:31; 2 Samuel 17:1-3) and he knows not which way to turn. He remembers things he saw certain people do and realizes now that they were treacherously aimed at his downfall (1-3).Overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness, David fears that death is upon him (4-5). He wishes that he could escape from it all. He would like to fly... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 55:11

Wickedness = pravities (plural) Hebrew. havah = cupidity. Deceit = Oppression, or violence. read more

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