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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 55:3

Because of the voice of the enemy ,.... Of Absalom, as Arama; or of Ahithophel, who gave out he would smite the king only, 2 Samuel 17:2 ; and so of any spiritual enemy, as sin, Satan, and the world, when they threaten dominion and tyranny; and of the Scribes and Pharisees reproaching Christ, as being a Samaritan, and having a devil, and doing his miracles by his assistance; menacing, insulting, and triumphing over him, when on the cross; because of the oppression of the wicked ; of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:3

They cast iniquity upon me - To give a colourable pretense to their rebellion, they charge me with horrible crimes; as if they had said: Down with such a wretch; he is not fit to reign. Clamour against the person of the sovereign is always the watch-word of insurrection, in reference to rebellion. 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 55:3

Because of the voles of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. Professor Cheyne says that by "the wicked" heathen men are primarily intended. But רשׁע —the word used—is" the wicked man," in the simplest and widest sense (see Psalms 1:1 , Psalms 1:4 , Psalms 1:5 , Psalms 1:6 ; Psalms 7:9 ; Psalms 9:16 , etc.). For they cast iniquity upon me; or, "hurl wickedness at me" (Cheyne). And in wrath they hats me; rather, they persecute me (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 55:3

Because of the voice of the enemy - He now states the cause of his troubles. He had been, and was, unjustly treated by others. The particular idea in the word “voice” here is, that he was suffering from slanderous reproaches; from assaults which had been made on his character. He was charged with evil conduct, and the charge was made in such a manner that he could not meet it. The result was, that a series of calamities had come upon him which was quite overwhelming.Because of the oppression of... 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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 55:3

oppression: or outcry. The Hebrew word 'akah occurs only here. iniquity = iniquitous words or devices. Hebrew. 'aven. App-44 . Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6 . read more

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