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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 86:8-17

David is here going on in his prayer. I. He gives glory to God; for we ought in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory, to him, with the most humble and reverent adorations. 1. As a being of unparalleled perfection, such a one that there is none like him nor any to be compared with him, Ps. 86:8. Among the gods, the false gods, whom the heathens worshipped, the angels, the kings of the earth, among them all, there is none like unto thee, O Lord! none so wise, so mighty,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 86:14

O God, the proud are risen against me ,.... As all men naturally are, and as all are without the grace of God; and because they are, they deal in proud wrath: as, through the pride of their heart, they seek not after God; so, through the same, they persecute his people, treating them with the utmost contempt, and as the offscouring of all things. Jarchi interprets this particularly of Doeg and Ahithophel: and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul ; or "terrible" F19 ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 86:14

The assemblies of violent men - עריצים עדת adath aritsim , the congregation of the terrible ones. Men of violent passions, violent counsels, and violent acts; and, because they have power, terrible to all. Have not set thee before them - Who sins that sets God before his eyes? Who does not sin that has no consciousness of the Divine presence? read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 86:14

Verse 14 14.O God! the proud are risen up against me. Instead of זדים , zedim, the proud, some read, זרים, zarim, strangers; and, undoubtedly, the Scriptures often employ this word to denote barbarous cruelty, so that it is the same as if it had been said, the cruel. I, however, prefer following the generally received reading. As between the Hebrew word זדים, zedim, the proud, and זרים, zarim, strangers, there is only the difference of a single letter, the one having the letter ד, daleth, where... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 86:1-17

Metrically, it seems to divide itself, like Psalms 85:1-13 ; into three strophes, two shorter, and one longer, the former being of five verses each, and the latter of seven. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 86:11-17

The third strophe is almost equally divided between prayer and praise, Psalms 86:11 , Psalms 86:16 , and Psalms 86:17 being devoted to the one; and Psalms 86:12 , Psalms 86:13 , and Psalms 86:15 to the other. Psalms 86:14 is of the nature of a complaint. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 86:14

O God, the proud are risen against me (comp. Psalms 119:51 , Psalms 119:69 , Psalms 119:85 , Psalms 119:122 ; and also Psalms 54:3 ). And the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; rather, a crew of violent ones have sought after my soul, or "plotted against my life" (comp. Psalms 7:1 , Psalms 7:2 ; Psalms 17:13 ; Psalms 35:3 , Psalms 35:4 , etc.). And have not set thee before them; i.e. "have given no thought to God, or how he would act, whether... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 86:14

O God, the proud are risen against me - People who are self-confident, ambitious, haughty; who do not regard the welfare or the rights of others; who are disposed to trample down all others in order that they may accomplish their own purposes; these are the people who have opposed me and sought my life. This would apply either to the time of Saul or of Absalom. In both these cases there were men who would correspond to this description.And the assemblies of violent men - Margin,” terrible.” The... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 86:14-15

Psalms 86:14-15. O God, the proud are risen against me Behold, O God, a new opportunity to glorify that mercy, for ambitious men have risen up against me in open rebellion, and have not only plotted against me, but endeavoured to put their plots in execution, and both to depose and destroy me. The assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul That is, after my life: to take it away; and have not set thee before them They have no reverence nor regard for thee, neither for thy word,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 86:1-17

Psalms 85-86 The steadfast love of GodIsrael had again suffered God’s punishment in being defeated by its enemies. The psalmist reminds God that when this happened in the past, God forgave his people and poured out his blessings on them afresh (85:1-3). Would he not, therefore, in the present crisis do the same once more (4-7)? The psalmist thinks longingly of the spiritual paradise that results when people are living in a right relation with their God. Steadfast love flows down from God and is... read more

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