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Psalms, Chapter 62
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      Ps 62:1-12. To Jeduthun--(See on Ps 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

      1. waiteth--literally, "is silent," trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

      2. The titles applied to God often occur (Ps 9:9 18:2).
      be greatly moved--(Ps 10:6). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.

      3. Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.
      bowing wall shall ye be--better supply "are." Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of "a man"--that is, the pious suffer: thus, "Will ye slay him," &c.; but the other is a good sense.

      4. his excellency--or, elevation to which God had raised him (Ps 4:2). This they try to do by lies and duplicity (Ps 5:9).

      5, 6. (Compare Ps 62:1,2).

      6. not be moved--not at all; his confidence has increased.

      7. rock of my strength--or strongest support (Ps 7:10 61:3).

      8. pour out your heart--give full expression to feeling (1Sa 1:15 Job 30:16 Ps 42:4).
      ye people--God's people.

      9. No kind of men are reliable, compared with God (Isa 2:22 Jer 17:5).
      altogether--alike, one as the other (Ps 34:3).

      10. Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.

      11. once; twice--(as in Job 33:14 40:5), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

      12. for thou renderest--literally, "that Thou renderest," &c., connected with "I heard this," as the phrase--"that power," &c. [Ps 62:11]--teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.

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