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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 55:1-8

In these verses we have, I. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore and a relief to the spirit under every burden: Give ear to my prayer, O God! Ps. 55:1, 2. He does not set down the petitions he offered up to God in his distress, but begs that God would hear the prayers which, at every period, his heart lifted up to God, and grant an answer of peace to them: Attend to me, hear me. Saul would not hear his petitions; his other enemies regarded not his pleas; but, ?Lord, be thou pleased... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 55:2

Attend unto me, and hear me ,.... So as to answer, and that immediately and directly, his case requiring present help; I mourn in my complaint ; or "in my meditation" F16 בשיחי "in meditatione mea", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. ; solitary thoughts, and melancholy views of things. Saints have their complaints, on account of their sins and corruptions, their barrenness and unfruitfulness, and the decay of vital religion in... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:2

I mourn in my complaint - בשיחי besichi , in my sighing; a strong guttural sound, expressive of the natural accents of sorrow. And make a noise - I am in a tumult - I am strongly agitated. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:1-8

The true and the false way of encountering the difficulties of life. Sorrow, danger, and terror had come upon the psalmist with the force of a tempest. He thinks of two ways of escape—casting himself upon God and flight. Suggests the true and the false way of encountering the difficulties of life. I. TAKE THE FALSE FIRST . "Oh that I had wings," etc.! ( Psalms 55:6-8 ). W e must conquer difficulties , not fly from them : 1 . Because the post of difficulty is often... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:2

Attend unto me, and hear me . A very special need is indicated by these four petitions to be heard ( Psalms 55:1 , Psalms 55:2 ). I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; rather, I wander in my musing , and moan aloud. "I wander," i.e. "from one sad thought to another" (Kay); and, unable to constrain myself, I give vent to meanings. Orientals are given to open displays of their grief (Herod; 8.99; AE schylus, 'Persae,' passim ) . read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 55:2

Attend unto me, and hear me - This also is the language of earnest supplication, as if he was afraid that God would not regard his cry. These varied forms of speech show the intense earnestness of the psalmist, and his deep conviction that he must have help from God.I mourn - The word used here - רוד rûd - means properly to wander about; to ramble - especially applied to animals that have broken loose; and then, to inquire after, to seek, as one does “by running up and down;” hence, to desire,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 55:1-3

Psalms 55:1-3. Hide not thyself from my supplication Either as one unconcerned and not regarding it, or as one displeased, and resolved not to hear nor help. I mourn and make a noise I cannot forbear such sighs and groans, and other expressions of grief, as discover it to those about me. The word ואהימה , veahimah, here rendered and make a noise, is translated by Chandler, and am in the greatest consternation. He was brought into such immediate danger, as that he scarcely knew what... 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

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