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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 60:1-5

The title gives us an account, 1. Of the general design of the psalm. It is Michtam?David's jewel, and it is to teach. The Levites must teach it to the people, and by it teach them both to trust in God and to triumph in him; we must, in it, teach ourselves and one another. In a day of public rejoicing we have need to be taught to direct our joy to God and to terminate it in him, to give none of that praise to the instruments of our deliverance which is due to him only, and to encourage our... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 60:5

That thy beloved may be delivered ,.... Some think that these words express the effect or end of the banner being displayed; but because of the word "Selah" at the end of Psalm 60:4 , which makes so full a stop; rather they are to be considered in construction with the following clause. By the Lord's "beloved" ones are meant, not so much the people of Israel, who were loved and chosen by the Lord above all people on the face of the earth, as the elect of God, both among Jews and Gentiles,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 60:1-12

The psalm itself has every characteristic of the Davidic style—liveliness, rapid transitions, terse yet comprehensive language, strong metaphors, intense feeling, hopefulness. It belongs to the time when, after his first Syrian campaign ( 2 Samuel 8:3-8 ), David was engaged in a war with Edom of a most sanguinary character ( 2 Samuel 8:13 ; 1 Kings 11:15 , 1 Kings 11:16 ; 1 Chronicles 18:12 )—marked by striking vicissitudes, and at least one grievous defeat of the forces of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 60:1-12

Despondency and its antidote. There are heights and depths in the Divine life. We may pass quickly from the one to the other. When at the height of triumph we may be brought low. When in the depths of despondency we may be raised up. This psalm speaks of despondency. We see— I. HOPE RISING IN THE MIDST OF DESPONDENCY . ( Psalms 60:1-4 .) We are apt to fix our mind on our trials. They bulk large. They press us sorely. We dwell upon their grievousness. We shrink from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 60:1-12

Assurance in prayer. I. THE PRAYER OF THE REJECTED FOR RESTORATION . ( Psalms 60:1-5 .) The grounds of the prayer are: 1 . Their great need . Felt themselves as if cast off—the very earth trembling with their calamity. They had been reduced to the helplessness of one overcome with wine. 2 . The faithfulness of God to his promises was their banner . ( Psalms 60:4 .) They could pray because they carried this banner. 3 . They could hope and pray on... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 60:5

That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me; rather, hear us . From complaint ( Psalms 60:1-4 ) the psalmist abruptly turns to prayer, thus closing the first strophe with a gleam of hope. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 60:5

That thy beloved may be delivered - The word beloved is in the plural number, and might be rendered beloved ones. It refers not merely to David as his servant and friend, but to those associated with him. The reference is to the calamities and dangers then existing, to which allusion has been made above. The prayer is, that the enemy might be driven back, and the land delivered from their invasion.Save with thy right hand - The right hand is that by which the sword is handled, the spear hurled,... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 60:4-5

Psalms 60:4-5. Thou hast given a banner, &c. But now thou hast granted the desires of those that devoutly worship and serve thee, and given an ensign to which all the tribes may repair. David, says Dr. Delaney, was the only centre of union which that people ever had, and God now made him their captain and ruler to manifest the truth of those promises which had been made to him long before. But the banner here is not only to be considered as a sign and instrument of their union,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 60:1-12

Psalms 60:0 Psalm Victory over EdomIn the war outlined in 2 Samuel 8:3-14 (and dealt with in more detail in 2 Samuel 10:1-19) David fought on many fronts. The present psalm concerns Israel’s victory in a battle against Edom. Because of the widespread military activity, a number of people and places are named in the accounts in 2 Samuel and in the heading to this psalm. Also three different leaders are named as bringing victory to Israel. The first is David, who was the supreme commander in... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 60:5

hear = answer. me. Hebrew text reads "us"; but some codices, with four early printed editions, Aramaean, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "me". read more

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