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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 73:1-14

This psalm begins somewhat abruptly: Yet God is good to Israel (so the margin reads it); he had been thinking of the prosperity of the wicked; while he was thus musing the fire burned, and at last he spoke by way of check to himself for what he had been thinking of. ?However it be, yet God is good.? Though wicked people receive many of the gifts of his providential bounty, yet we must own that he is, in a peculiar manner, good to Israel; they have favours from him which others have not. The... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:4

For there are no bands in their death ,.... Nothing that binds and straitens them, afflicts and distresses them; they have no pain of mind nor of body, but die at once, suddenly, in a moment, wholly at ease and quiet, without any bitterness of soul; see Job 21:13 , or "there are no bands until their death" F6 למו־תאם "usque ad mortem eorum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis. ; they have no straits nor difficulties all their life long, no distempers nor diseases... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:5

They are not in trouble, as other men ,.... Either of body or of mind, as the saints are, who through many tribulations enter the kingdom; or are not in "labour" F8 בעמל "in labore", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus. , do not labour for food and raiment, or get their bread by the sweat of their brow, as poor men do; nor are weary, so Arama: "neither are they plagued like other men"; smitten of God, corrected, and chastised by him, as his children... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:6

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain, Which was the sin of the devils, and of our first parents, and of Sodom, and is the sin of antichrist; and which, of all sins, is most hateful to God; this arises from, at least is increased by, outward prosperity. Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked; pride and fulness of bread went together in Sodom; and, where it is predominant, it binds as a chain; such who are under the power of it are slaves unto it, they are chained and fettered by it, and it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:7

Or their face, the eyes being put for the whole face; so the Targum, "their face is changed, because of fatness;' see Job 15:27 , otherwise through fatness the eyes are almost enclosed: or "it goes forth out of the fatness of their eyes" F9 יצא מחלב עינמו "prodit vel exit e pinguedine oculorum eorum", Michaelis. ; that is, either "pride", which shows itself in haughty looks and scornful airs, through the abundance possessed; or "violence", seen in the fierceness of the eyes,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:8

They are corrupt ,.... In themselves, in their principles, and in their practices, being shapen and conceived in sin, and born of the flesh; and are corrupters, or "corrupt" themselves, and their ways, and also others by their corrupt speech, evil communications, and bad examples: or "they consume away"; like smoke, or into it, as Psalm 37:20 or as wax melteth at the fire, Psalm 68:2 , where the same word is used as here: or "they cause to consume away" F15 ימיקו "dissolutos... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 73:9

They set their mouth against the heavens ,.... Against God in heaven, see Daniel 4:26 , against his being, saying, there is no God; against his perfections, thinking him to be such an one as themselves; against his purposes and decrees, replying against him, and charging him with insincerity, cruelty, and unrighteousness; and against his providence, either denying it, or affirming it to be unequal; and against his doctrines, ordinances, and ministers. Aben Ezra interprets it also of the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 73:4

No bands in their death - Many of the godly have sore conflicts at their death. Their enemy then thrusts sore at them that they may fall; or that their confidence in their God may be shaken. But of this the ungodly know nothing. Satan will not molest them; he is sure of his prey; they are entangled, and cannot now break their nets; their consciences are seared, they have no sense of guilt. If they think at all of another world, they presume on that mercy which they never sought, and of which... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 73:6

Pride compasseth them about as a chain - Perhaps there is an allusion here to the office which some of them bore. Chains of gold, and golden rings, were ensigns of magistracy and civil power. As these chains encompassed their necks, or the rings their wrists and fingers, as the signs of the offices in virtue of which they acted; so חמס chamas , violence, oppressive conduct, encompassed them. They made no other use of their great power, than to oppress the poor and the needy; and to drive... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 73:7

Their eyes stand out with fatness - " Their countenance is changed because of fatness." - Chaldee. By fatness, or corpulency, the natural lines of the face are changed, or rather obliterated. The characteristic distinctions are gone; and we see little remaining besides the human hog. They have more than heart could wish - I doubt this translation. Whose heart ever said, I have enough, which had not its portion with God? It would be more literal to say, "They surpass the thoughts of their... read more

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