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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 7:1-9

Shiggaion is a song or psalm (the word is used so only here and Hab. 3:1) --a wandering song (so some), the matter and composition of the several parts being different, but artificially put together?a charming song (so others), very delightful. David not only penned it, but sang it himself in a devout religious manner unto the Lord, concerning the words or affairs of Cush the Benjamite, that is, of Saul himself, whose barbarous usage of David bespoke him rather a Cushite, or Ethiopian, than a... read more

John Gill

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

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about ,.... By "the congregation of the people" are meant the nation of the Jews, the twelve tribes of Israel, called an assembly of people, and a company of nations, Genesis 28:3 ; and this is to be understood not of their gathering together in an hostile manner about David to take him, which might be interpreted compassing God himself about, David being as dear to him as the apple of his eye, which is the sense of several Jewish... read more

Adam Clarke

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

For their sakes therefore return thou on high - Thy own people who compass thy altar, the faithful of the land, are full of gloomy apprehensions. They hear the charges against me; and see how I am persecuted. Their minds are divided; they know not what to think. For their sakes, return thou on high - ascend the judgment-seat; and let them see, by the dispensations of thy providence, who is innocent and who is guilty. David feared not to make this appeal to God; for the consciousness of his... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 7:7

Verse 7 7And a congregation of peoples Some limit this sentence exclusively to the people of Israel, as if David promised that, as soon as he should ascend the throne, he would endeavour to reunite together, in the pure worship of God, the people who before had been as it were in a state of dispersion. Under the reign of Saul, religion had been neglected, or such an unrestrained license in wickedness had prevailed, that few paid any regard to God. The meaning, therefore, according to these... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 7:1-17

"Shiggaion" is connected by some with the "Shigioneth" of Habakkuk 3:1 , which is commonly explained to be a particular kind of tune or tunes. But the identity of the two words is uncertain, and the identity of their meaning, at an interval of nearly six centuries, is still more open to question. The meaning of "Shiggaion" has really to be guessed from the context; and the most probable of the conjectures made would seem to be, either simply, "a poem of David," or "a lyrical... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 7:1-17

The slandered saint appealing to his God. £ There is nothing like the trials of life to constrain to prayer; and no prayers are so full of deep meaning as those forced out by such trials. There is no reason for doubting the Davidic authorship of this psalm. It well accords with some known episodes in his experience, and is just such an appeal to the great Judge of all the earth as he might be expected to make when unjustly accused; specially when accused of evil in the very direction... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 7:1-17

Trust in God. An earnest appeal to God to save him from the wickedness of men who would requite him with evil for the good he had done in sparing Saul's life. The charge against him probably was that he still sought the life of Saul; and they plotted against his life. In the midst of this wrong and danger, what was his resource? I. TRUST IN GOD . Not in counter-plotting against his enemies, nor neglecting the use of means for his own safety; but faith in the all-controlling... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 7:7

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about . Titan, if thou wilt show thyself in judgment, the congregation of the peoples — not , apparently, Israel only—will crowd around thee, in acknowledgment of thy majesty, and recognize in thee the righteous Judge of all the earth. For their sakes therefore return thou on high ; rather, and above it (or, above them ; i.e. above the congregation of the peoples) re turn thou on high. After coming down to earth, and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 7:7

Psalms 7:7. So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about Such a visible display of thy righteous judgment in thus pleading my cause against my cruel and implacable oppressor will induce multitudes of people, who shall behold or hear of it, to adore and glorify thee. For, observing thy justice, and holiness, and goodness, which will be hereby manifested, they will come from all parts to worship thee and to offer thee praises and sacrifices. For their sakes therefore For the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 7:1-17

Psalms 7:0 Against Cush, a BenjaminiteDuring the reign of Saul, David won much fame for himself. Saul became jealous and attempted to murder David. When David escaped, Saul pursued him cruelly, being urged on by a group of zealous courtiers (probably from Saul’s tribe of Benjamin), who accused David of plotting to overthrow the king (1 Samuel 18:22-26; 1 Samuel 22:7; 1 Samuel 24:9; 1 Samuel 26:19; cf. 2 Samuel 16:5; 2 Samuel 20:1).The time was one of considerable suffering and temptation for... read more

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