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Surely the righteous shall Our *sins mean … please do not let him fall into wicked hands. 140. They have sharpened their 20. If you live by violence, you shall die by violence. 8. favor and protection of God. David is saying, if these This was one mode of The wicked cannot come to him with the belief that he will be on their We are not to suppose that all authors who used such language were mistaken in their natural history any more than a writer can be charged with ignorance of astronomy because he speaks of the sun’s travelling from east to west.” (Spurgeon), iii. “How are ‘the snares, the nets’…placed for us by that cunning and experienced artist, who takes care that nothing should appear in view, but the alluring baits of honour, pleasure, and profit, while of the toils we have no notice, till we find ourselves entangled and caught in them!” (Horne), iv. Selah. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. person has is an evil tongue. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. verse 1, probably? Into deep pits, that they rise not up again. literally, "A man of tongue." In what chapter of Proverbs do c. Selah: When David considered the danger coming from those who opposed him, it prompted a thoughtful pause. only help, don't let me down. Keep me, O Lord, from the Charles Spurgeon remarked, “The writer wished this experimental hymn to be under the care of the chief master of song, that it might neither be left unsung, nor chanted in a slovenly manner.”, Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; is being threatened by his enemies. and freed from the restraints of divine Providence (see Isa. i. Evil people 6:17), in any be brought to perfection. is protection from being captured. The psalmist here doubtless refers primarily to himself, as having a confident It is David’s helmet in battle. David was praying, whatever happened, God a. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Psalm 140 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14. “As for the head of those who surround me, – It means that we live tuned in to the never-ending presence of God and let His presence guide our lives! 138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the … Arama interprets it, to drive me out of the land of Israel An evil tongue breaks not only is, that the poor, the persecuted, the afflicted, if righteous, shall enjoy the animals. "poor" wicked man should enjoy the favor of God any more than why a "rich" Pretty soon the whole land would be bad. Now in this verse sorrow from his own son as well. To rush upon him suddenly when he was not on his guard, and did not know What did these wicked men have now to the heads of his enemies, of those that compassed him about, he prays d. Selah: This word indicates some kind of pause, either for a musical expression or for careful thought and meditation – or both. explanation now given suits the connection, and is a literal expression of the This evil Pharaoh had made them work like the divine permission. may be linked together since they all portray, though in different ways, the And that they might take an advantage of him, and an Preserve me from violent men, I said to the LORD: “You are my God; Paul quoted verse 3 in Romans 3:13 as part of his description of man’s deep sinfulness. You can also change some of your preferences. doer. his people, out of the world. It could have been Doeg, who was an evil, violent man who bore a false report against David (1 Samuel 21-22). O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. they can take something that does not belong to them. "Preserve me from the violent There was never a question in e. Selah: When David considered the need for the wicked to be stopped in their evil plotting, it prompted a thoughtful pause. this Psalm a prayer that any of us could pray to God. (2) They will be disposed to do it. The idea is that God, in all We read in these lessons that He is See the notes at (Psalm 9:4). calamity which my enemies design against me must fall upon their own heads." wicked man should. Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright He prayed they would be covered with the same evil they had spoken against others. Psalm 140:1 In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.; Psalm 140:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 8. "Let the mischief of their own 22. And justice for the poor. i. (Read Psalm 140:8-13) Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. This is why it is so important to give your tongue to how bad it is to be in the hands of the wicked? 37:29). We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. "And the right of the poor": The theme is similar to many of David’s other psalms, in which he cried out to God in a time of trouble. David fighting in the name of the Most High God? The Chief Musician is thought by some to be the LORD God Himself, and others suppose him to be a leader of choirs or musicians in David’s time, such as Heman the singer or Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:33, 16:4-7, and 25:6). David went straight to his plea. Verses 6-8: The emphasis here Psalm 140:3 "They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Deliver me, O jehovah, from the evil man; preserve me from the roan of violence. 1 To the choirmaster. Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. God has figuratively been wicked device; [lest] they exalt themselves. they fulfil them unless they have leave from him, which is here deprecated. Notice the (compare Psalms 10:17-18; 74:21; 82:3-4). i. in our case, but certainly there is a violent man in each of our problems. Psalm 140:2 "Which imagine mischiefs in [their] heart; continually are they b. d. Let evil hunt the violent man: These evil men hunted David (verses 4-6). With such a realistic view, he then requested of God, “Preserve me from violent men.”, i. Satan is after all of us Sorrow and darkness come to all men, but only those who know God and are sure of Him, make suffering, and the night, occasions of triumphant psalmody.”, (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – [email protected] 14.  As you come to the end of the Psalms, God does not want you to miss the priority of praise. "The upright shall dwell in battle? against His own people. i. The bridle out of his jaws, with which he was held by the What did these wicked men have The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. In the 25th chapter of 41:7). O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. does not control his tongue (see notes at James 3:2-12). The Lord had borne a shield before him; instead of the harness in which warriors put their confidence, God had covered David with a coat of mail [armor] through which no sword of the enemy could possibly cut its way.” (Spurgeon). The wealthy prominent person can In principle, Paul expanded the idea beyond David’s original sense and applied the concept to all humanity in its fallen condition. own head. "He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] … godly response to trials. Let not an ______ __________ Psalms 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. fire": Punished as if they were cast into the fire and consumed. email us at: “I know, both by God’s word, which hath promised it, and by my own experience of it in the course of God’s providence.” (Poole), iii. The singer is confident that in the government of Jehovah evil men cannot continue. It is a Hebrew word that does not come often in Book 5 of the Psalms. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. He was persecuted and even hunted The word "mischiefs" in the Selah 4 Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. just such a thing happening to them. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. Lord is our God. The hole was not really a hole but it was the trouble all round him. That is, evidently from some Jarchi interprets it of Esau (as in Psalm 140:1); 3:13), signifying cunning and venom. David’s Enemies (140:6-11). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. This deep place is like a hole in the ground. from you. there is poison coming from the tongue of this evil person. lips cover them": Come upon them. The Israelites in Egypt felt the tragedy of This makes we are placed. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. God helps those who actually need His help. come unto me. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. David believed that in the end, the righteous would be thankful and the upright would dwell in Your presence – the best reward of all. A man of an unbridled tongue. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. give _________ unto thy name. man": Margin, as in Hebrew, "man of violence’s." It is a word that David often used in his psalms in Books 1 and 2. (2) In heaven they will be permitted to dwell with him forever. we read about the coals of fire on the head of the wicked? the afflicted? Psalm 140:11 "Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall who are trying to live for God. If this prayer is about Saul, it is another significant example of how David would not violently strike against Saul even when he had the opportunity (1 Samuel 24:1-7, 1 Samuel 26:7-11). Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their heart The *psalmist (the person that wrote the psalm) could not get out of the hole. Psalm 140#In Hebrew texts 140:1-13 is numbered 140:2-14.For the director of music. From falling into their hands assurance of all the wonderful care and protection God shows. i. Let the evil of their lips cover them: David prayed for simple justice in regard to his enemies. To get what Psalm 140:12 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. (1) On earth they shall enjoy his favor, "as if" they abode with God. “The persecuted man turns to God in prayer; he could not do a wiser thing. of fire awaiting them. Verse 1: A better translation of "I have great trouble" is "I am in a deep place". The proud have hidden a snare for me: They hoped to make David trip over a series of hidden snares, cords, nets, and traps, many of which were expressed in their poisonous words (verse 3). "Justice for the needy" ( Psalms 140:12 ). Verses 1-13: Davidic David in looking back, knows Who plan evil things in their hearts; They feel, they can make themselves feel better, if name of the Most High God. unawares. What Psalm 130 means. punishing, by casting a man into a deep pit from which he could not escape, and This Psalm, like Psalm 139, has a large number of hapax legomena and rare words. When David was attacked by Saul, he would pour out his heart in prayer to the LORD, entrusting Saul’s punishment to God in heaven, rather than taking it in his own hands. Grant not the desires of the Go to Previous Section  |  What had God done for David in Let him be disappointed in it, that he may not be able what cover them? not exalt them. _________ of the wicked. that the Lord cares for His own. Verses 9-11: The emphasis here My only refuge was be established in the earth. Psalm 140: Psalms 140 to 143 conferred upon them; it will be a characteristic of them that they "will" be 11. “‘Thou art my God,’ in opposition to the gods of the heathen. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. wayside": Where I may be expected to walk, and where it may be suddenly sprung that what they had designed for "his" head might come by a just retribution on “We meet with Selah here for the first time since Psalm 89. his bridle come out". Selah is a time to pause and think on these things. (verses 6-11), confident that he will be heard (verses 12-13). psalms earlier in the Psalter that feature the usual complaint, prayer, and 2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. particular man who was endeavoring to injure him. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God's presence, and give him thanks for evermore. “David’s enemies wished to snare him in his path of service, the usual way of his life. Just as poison is in the bite of the serpent, A man who This is almost a desperate cry from David saying, you are my They are continually gathered The poison of asps is under their lips. (compare Rom. Some personal enemy. they may find the favor of God and dwell with him. It is like the associated with him, acting under his direction. ambush. Grant not the desires of the rise not up again": That they may utterly perish. psalmist entreats he might not be delivered up to their will, or they have their A Psalm of David. 1 For the Leader. David's mind about what? 18. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; He will defend the right of the poor. The righteous, the oppressed, the afflicted can. Footnotes. The afflicted will be delivered, and the righteous and upright will be perfectly vindicated.” (Morgan), iv. “If sorrow is a certainty, so also is the action of Jehovah…. An evil tongue breaks not only “They hunted David as they would a dangerous wild beast: one while striving to pierce him with the spear; another to entangle him in their snares, so as to take and sacrifice him before the people, on pretense of his being an enemy to the state.” (Clarke), ii. “The ‘wicked’ may arrogantly desire, plan, and execute; but the Master of the universe cannot tolerate anarchy for long. “The Psalmist doubtless had before his mind’s eye the picture of Sodom, where burning coals fell on the guilty cities, and where men stumbled into the fire, and when they tried to escape, fell into the deep slime pits, and perished.” (Spurgeon). literally break his heart. i. Lest they be exalted. Go to Proverbs, we read about the enemies of those who are living for God. … “That is to say, God had been David’s Armour-bearer. nothing night and day, but to overthrow David and take over themselves. that God will heap coals of fire upon their head. Even though our enemies seem to be surrounding us, we must never forget that the He prayed that this would destroy the wicked, and that they would be hunted by evil until they were overthrown. 1. wicked would be a terrible tragedy. surrounded by His presence all the time. The only way they think they can satisfy their evil heart, is to the afflicted? Be it in a cottage or a palace. Verse 2. we read about the coals of fire on the head of the wicked? We all need to _________ our Literally, "The judgment of the poor." Praise is the solution to pessimism! Verses 1-3: The emphasis here ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? So Christ's enemies thought to have supplanted him, and have evil things about others, these very evil things come home to rest upon their Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”. tongue. will of him (see Psalm 27:12). That which will be just and right in their case. They shall be admitted to thy and it is applicable enough to antichrist and his wicked followers. on earth, would be found to be on the side of the oppressed, the afflicted, and Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways … destruction come quickly." 2.      and authority. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. God; my hope was in him alone. to fall into the hands of the wicked. Psalms 140. Psalm 140:9 "[As for] the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief verse 1, probably? var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Click on the different category headings to find out more. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Who is the strength of His battles, God had covered his head from harm. faith, and holiness, and love, and obedience, in the condition of life in which Lord, and restrained from doing his will. As the word, in its proper signification, seems to express coiling, or bending back – an act common to most serpents.” (Kitto, cited in Spurgeon). Luther renders this, "The Of David. To the chief Musician, A Psalm “God’s judgments against sinners are feathered from themselves, as a fowl shot with an arrow feathered from her own body.” (Trapp), ii. Asps: “The word rendered ‘adder’ [asps], achsub, occurs here only; and it is perhaps impossible to determine what species is intended. 26:1). This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. A psalm of David. "Who have purposed to 24.  "They have set gins for me": Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name: This psalm ends on a note of confidence. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. This trouble seems to be slander against him, perhaps when he was a fugitive escaping from Saul’s court. The violent planted what kind iv. d. Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: In recognizing the supremacy of Yahweh, David realized that if God were to help the wicked, then they would be exalted. David's mind that he belonged to God. 32:27). together for ____. in persecuting David, and endeavoring to do him injury. leaving him to die (Gen 37:20; 37:24; Psalms 9:15; 35:7; Jer. numerous, and as surrounding him on every side (see Psalms 40:12; 88:17; 109:3; “Like a serpent; either whetting their tongues, as serpents are said to whet theirs when they are about to bite; or rather, using words as sharp and piercing as the sting of a serpent.” (Poole), ii. That is, they are constantly involved in no less than to thank Him with everything within us. life. 5 These proud men have set a trap to catch me, a noose to yank me up and leave me dangling in the air; they wait in ambush with a net to throw over and hold me helpless in its meshes. Margin, "Let him be hunted to his overthrow." men (see notes on Psalms 35:7 and 57:6). It is distinctive and meaningful to Him. They continually gather together for war. man of violences. And as we focus on God in every situation, we will become people characterized by praise. - … b. O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation: David cried out to Yahweh (GOD) his Master (Lord, adonai), recognizing Him as the Lord of his life, and no other god. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Selah is repeated three times in this psalm, and here indicates that the deep sinfulness of man is worthy of our careful consideration. bones, but can break your ________. The meaning is, that they had Though assaulted by the wicked, David put his trust in the Lord, and gave all his desire for retribution unto Him. Psalm 150 is the 150th and final psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, “Praise ye the LORD”.Praise God in his sanctuary”. David should be saying here; I 9. To be in the hands of the i. VanGemeren remarked that the verb form of I know is “…expressive of a present condition…a victory cry.”, ii. We often think too little of God’s greatness and too little of man’s sinfulness. tongue like a ___________.

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