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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 89:19-37

The covenant God made with David and his seed was mentioned before (Ps. 89:3, 4); but in these verses it is enlarged upon, and pleaded with God, for favour to the royal family, now almost sunk and ruined; yet certainly it looks at Christ, and has its accomplishment in him much more than in David; nay, some passages here are scarcely applicable at all to David, but must be understood of Christ only (who is therefore called David our king, Hos. 3:5), and very great and precious promises they are... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 89:19

Then thou spakest in vision to thy Holy One ,.... Samuel the prophet, that holy man of God, to whom the Lord spoke in vision, or by a spirit of prophecy, concerning David, the choice and exaltation of him to the kingdom, and his unction for it, 1 Samuel 16:1 . The Vulgate Latin version reads it "to thy Holy Ones": and so the Targum, with which agree the Septuagint and Arabic versions, which render it "thy sons"; and the Syriac version "his righteous ones", and so takes in Nathan also, to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 89:19

Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one - Instead of חסידך chasidecha , "thy holy one," חסידיך chasideycha , "thy holy ones," is the reading of sisty-three of Kennicott's and seventy-one of De Rossi's MSS., and a great number of editions besides. If we take it in the singular, it most probably means Samuel, and refers to the revelation God gave to him relative to his appointment of David to be king in the stead of Saul. If we take it in the plural, it may mean not only Samuel,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 89:19

Verse 19 19.Then thou spakest in vision to thy meek ones. The Psalmist now declares at greater length why he said that the king, set over the chosen people for the preservation of the public good, was given them from heaven; namely, because he was not chosen by the suffrages of men, nor usurped at his own hand the supreme power, nor insinuated himself into it by corrupt arts, but was elected by God to be the instrument of maintaining the public good, and performed the duties of his office under... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:1-52

Psalms 89:52 is no part of the psalm, but the doxology which concludes the Book. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:1-52

The general subject— God's promise to David and his seed but the present state of things is a bitter contrast to the promise, and a prayer that God would remove the contrast. Suggests— I. THAT GOD HAS ENTERED INTO A GRAND COVENANT WITH MANKIND . Given us the greatest and most precious promises. 1 . Promises that relate to our highest nature. "I will be a Father to them, and ye shall be my sons and daughters." 2 . That relate to our greatest calamity. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:5-37

The psalmist carries out the intention proclaimed in Psalms 89:1 , and proceeds to "sing of the mercies of the Lord" at great length. His song of praise divides into two portions. From Psalms 89:5 to Psalms 89:18 it is a general laudation of the Almighty for his greatness in heaven ( Psalms 89:5-7 ), in nature ( Psalms 89:9 , Psalms 89:11 , Psalms 89:12 ), and in the course of his rule on earth ( Psalms 89:10 , Psalms 89:13-18 ), after which it passes into a laudation of him... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:19

Then thou spakest; rather, once, or "once upon a time," as Professor Cheyne suggests. The allusion is to the occurrence related in 2 Samuel 7:4-17 . In vision (see 2 Samuel 7:7 ). To thy holy one; i.e. to Nathan the prophet. And saidst . The psalmist reports the words of the vision very freely, interweaving with them thoughts drawn from various psalms; expanding them, and sometimes heightening the colours. I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:19

Chosen out of the people. This declaration, besides its main theme, teaches us much concerning God's exaltations of men. As: 1 . Wherefore God exalts men. It certainly is not to gratify mere selfish ambition. Those who climb up to high places from such motives are certainly not set there by God, and will soon have to climb down again. All history teaches the short-lived power of mere selfish ambition. But one motive we may regard as moving the Divine mind would be his love for the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 89:19

Then thou spakest in vision - Or, by a vision. See this word explained in the notes at Isaiah 1:1. The meaning is, that God had spoken this by means of visions, or by communications made to his people by the prophets. This “vision” was especially made known to Nathan, and through him to David. See 2 Samuel 7:4-17. The substance of what is here said is found in that passage in Samuel. In 2 Samuel 7:17, it is expressly called a “vision.”To thy holy one - The vision was addressed particularly to... read more

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