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The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 73:26

The failing flesh and the strengthening God. Here is a vivid and blessed contrast. Consider— I. THE FAILING OF HEART AND FLESH here told of. 1 . Some understand this as the result of his foolish conflict with God; and here, as all who contend with God are, he was worsted and brought low. 2 . Others, as telling of his passionate desire after God, how he was "sick of love," broken down with his longing for God. 3 . Others, as telling of his heavy load of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 73:26

My flesh and my heart faileth - Flesh and heart here seem to refer to the whole man, body and soul; and the idea is, that his powers of body and mind failed; were spent; were exhausted. This seems to have been said in an “ideal” sense, or by anticipation. He does not mean to say that his strength then had actually failed, but he seems to have placed himself by imagination in the situation where his strength “would” be all gone - in sickness, in weakness, in sorrow, on the bed of death. He asks... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 73:26

Psalms 73:26. My flesh and my heart faileth I find, by sad experience, my own weakness and inability to encounter such temptations, and bear, with becoming patience and resignation, such troubles, as I frequently meet with; yea, I find myself a frail, dying creature, that shall shortly return to the dust. Both my flesh and heart, my body and soul may, and, unless supported by God, will soon fail. But God is the strength of my heart I have found him so; I do find him so, and hope I ever... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:1-28

Psalms 73:0 Why do the wicked prosper?Asaph had a problem that almost caused him to give up the life of devotion to God. If God was a God of goodness who helped the righteous and opposed the wicked, why did worthless people prosper while Asaph suffered want (1-3)?It seemed to Asaph that the wicked enjoyed lives of ease and plenty, then died peacefully without suffering. Yet their lives had been characterized by pride, cruelty, greed, trickery, scorn, oppression and boasting (4-9). Some of the... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 73:26

26. strength—literally, "rock" (Psalms 18:2). portion— (Psalms 16:5; Lamentations 3:24). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 73:1-28

III. BOOK 3: CHS. 73-89A man or men named Asaph wrote 11 of the psalms in this book (Psalms 73-83). Other writers were the sons of Korah (Psalms 84-85, 87), David (Psalms 86), Heman (Psalms 88), and Ethan (Psalms 89). Asaph, Heman, and Ethan were musicians from the tribe of Levi who were contemporaries of David. Book 3 of the Psalter has been called its "dark book." [Note: Waltke, p. 886.] Psalms 73In this psalm, Asaph related his inner mental struggle when he compared his life, as one... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 73:15-28

2. The future destiny of the wicked and the righteous 73:15-28 read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 73:21-26

Asaph also found encouragement as he reflected on his own future and the future of all the faithful.The awareness of the relative prosperity of the godless led Asaph to become bitter toward God (Psalms 73:21). However, now he realized that he was wrong and his viewpoint was similar to an animal’s, namely, ignorant of divine revelation (Psalms 73:22). Sober reflection reminded him that God had not abandoned him but would one day provide the good things He presently withheld (Psalms 73:23-24).The... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 73:1-28

This, like Psalms 37, 49, and the book of Job, deals with the perplexing problempresented to thoughtful minds by the prosperity of the wicked and the sufferings of the righteous. The Psalmist has been deeply exercised by this question (Psalms 73:2-14), and after struggling with doubt (Psalms 73:15-16) has learned in the sanctuary of God to understand the end of the wicked (Psalms 73:17-20), and to repent of his own unbelieving thoughts (Psalms 73:21-22). He has found rest in the conviction that... read more

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