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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

In these verses, I. David perseveres in his resolution to call upon God, being well assured that he should not seek him in vain (Ps. 55:16): ?As for me, let them take what course they please to secure themselves, let violence and strife be their guards, prayer shall be mind; this I have found comfort in, and therefore this will I abide by: I will call upon God, and commit myself to him, and the Lord shall save me;? for whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, in a right manner, shall be... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 55:19

God shall hear and afflict them ,.... That is, either he shall hear the prayers of his servant, imprecating evils upon his enemies, Psalm 55:9 ; and shall bring them down upon them, in answer to his requests; or it may be, rendered, "God shall hear and answer them" F3 ויענם "et respondeat illis", Cocceius. ; he shall hear their blasphemies, and take notice of their wickedness, and answer them by terrible things in righteousness; even he that abideth of old ; or "is the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:19

Because they have no changes - At first Absalom, Ahithophel, and their party, carried all before them. There seemed to be a very general defection of the people; and as in their first attempts they suffered no reverses, therefore they feared not God. Most of those who have few or no afflictions and trials in life, have but little religion. They become sufficient to themselves, and call not upon God. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:19

Verse 19 19God shall hear, and afflict them As the verb ענה, anah, which I have rendered afflict, signifies, occasionally, to testify, some understand David to say that God would rise up as a witness against them. The syntax of the language will scarcely, however, admit of this, as, in Hebrew, the letter ב, beth, is generally subjoined in such a case. There seems no doubt that the word signifies here to addict or punish, although this is rather its signification implicitly and by a species of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

In conclusion, the psalmist turns altogether to God, whom he now addresses as "Jehovah" ( Psalms 55:16 , Psalms 55:22 ), and expresses his confidence that, in answer to his continual prayers ( Psalms 55:17 ), God will come to his aid, will deliver his soul from the machinations of his enemies, and will visit them with "affliction" ( Psalms 55:19 ) and "destruction" ( Psalms 55:23 ). Still grieved chiefly by the defection of his unfaithful friend, he once more describes the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

Contrasts in the character and experience of the righteous and the wicked. I. CHARACTER AND EXPERIENCE OF THE RIGHTEOUS . 1 . His life is a continued exercise of prayer and faith. Calls upon God, evening, morning, and at noon. Carries all his anxieties and fears to God; casts upon him his burden ( Psalms 55:22 ). And he does all this with an assured faith ( Psalms 55:16 , Psalms 55:17 ). "And he shall hear my voice." "The Lord shall save me." 2 . He has... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:19

God shall hear, and afflict them; i.e. "God will hear my prayers, and will afflict my adversaries;" or, perhaps, "God will hear me and answer me." But this requires a change in the reading. Even he that abideth of old ; or, "he that is enthroned of old;" he, i.e; that sitteth, and has always sat, on his eternal throne in the heavens. Selah. The "selah" here marks probably a pause for adoration of the great and eternal King enthroned in all his glory. Because they have no changes ;... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 55:19

God shall hear and afflict them - That is, God will hear my prayer, and will afflict them, or bring upon them deserved judgments. As this looks to the future, it would seem to show that when in the previous verse he uses the past tense, and says that God “had” redeemed him, the language there, as suggested above, is that of strong confidence, implying that he had such certain assurance that the thing would be, that he speaks of it as if it were already done. Here he expresses the same... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 55:19

Psalms 55:19. God shall hear My prayer against them, mentioned Psalms 55:15, or their reproaches, Psalms 55:12, their deceitful and treacherous speeches, Psalms 55:21. He had said, God would hear his voice, Psalms 55:17, now he adds that God will hear his enemies’ voice also, of which he spake, Psalms 55:3. And afflict them Or, testify against them; or, give an answer to them, as יענם , jagnaneem, may be properly rendered; not in words, but in deeds, and by dreadful punishments, as... read more

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