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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 89:38-52

In these verses we have, I. A very melancholy complaint of the present deplorable state of David's family, which the psalmist thinks hard to be reconciled to the covenant God made with David. ?Thou saidst thou wouldst not take away thy lovingkindness, but thou hast cast off.? Sometimes, it is no easy thing to reconcile God's providences with his promises, and yet we are sure they are reconcilable; for God's works fulfil his word and never contradict it. 1. David's house seemed to have lost its... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 89:42

Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries ,.... Suffered them to become powerful, and to prevail against him; as the wicked Jews, and Satan, and his principalities and powers, at the time of Christ's apprehension, crucifixion, and death; for then were their hour, and the power of darkness, Luke 22:53 , death also had dominion over him, and held him under the power of it for awhile: the enemies of his interest, Rome Pagan, and Rome Papal, have, in their turns, had their right hands... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 89:42

Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries - Thou hast given them that strength which thou didst formerly give to thy own people; therefore these are depressed, those exalted. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 89:42

Verse 42 42Thou hast exalted the right hand of his oppressors. Here he states that God took part with the enemies of the king; for he was well aware that these enemies could not have prevailed but by the will of God, who inspires some with courage, and renders others faint-hearted. In short, in proportion to the number of the calamities which had befallen the chosen people, was the number of the evidences of their having been forsaken by God; for, so long as he continued his favor, the whole... 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 89:38-45

A sudden and complete change here sets in. Rejoicing is turned into mourning, eulogy into complaint. Notwithstanding all the promises of God, notwithstanding his inherent and essential "faithfulness," the Davidical king and his kingdom are at the last gasp. Seemingly, every promise made has been broken, every hope held out of good turned into an actuality of evil. God is wroth with his anointed, has made void the covenant with him, profaned his crown and cast it to the ground, turned the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:42

Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; i.e. " thou hast increased their power and strength, exalted them, and depressed him." Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice (comp. Psalms 35:15 , "In mine adversity they rejoiced;" and see also Micah 7:8 ; Obadiah 1:10-12 ). Every depression of Israel caused the neighbouring nations, who alike feared them and detested them, to rejoice. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 89:42

Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries - Hast given them the victory. Thou hast suffered them to accomplish their purposes.Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice - They joy or rejoice in the success of their plans; in their triumphs over thy servant and over his people. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 89:38-45

Psalms 89:38-45. But thou hast cast off Having hitherto declared the certainty of God’s promises, he now proceeds to show the unsuitableness of the present dispensations of God’s providence thereunto, and humbly expostulates with God about it. Thou hast been wroth with thine anointed That person and family that thou hast invested with the kingdom. Thou hast made void, &c. Which seems contrary to thy word given, Psalms 89:34. Thou hast profaned his crown By exposing that sacred... read more

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