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David complains of and describes the wicked, ver. 1 - 15.
Prays to God to appear against them, and rejoices in the
prospect of it, ver. 12 - 18.
3: Boasteth - He glorieth in his very sins which are his shame,
and especially in the satisfaction of his desires.
4: Countenance - So called, because though pride be properly seated
in the heart, yet it is manifest in the countenance.
5: Judgments - Thy threatenings denounced against, and punishments
inflicted upon sinners. Are far - He doth not regard or fear them: yea
he despises them, being confident that he can blow them away with a breath.
This is a gesture of contempt or disdain, both in scripture, and other
7: Tongue - Under his fair and plausible speeches, mischief is hid
and covered. Vanity - Or, injury, the vexation or oppression of other
8: Sitteth - Not within the villages, but in the ways bordering
upon them, or leading to them, as robbers use to do.
Are set - Heb. Are hid. He watches and looks out of his lurking - place.
He alludes still to the practices of robbers.
10: Croucheth - Like a lion (for he continues the same metaphor)
which lies close upon the ground, partly that he may not be discovered,
and partly that he may more suddenly and surely lay hold on his prey.
13: Contemn - Why dost thou by giving them impunity, suffer and
occasion them to despise thee?
14: Requite - Heb. to give (to restore or pay the mischief which
they have done to others) with thy hand, by thy own extraordinary
providence, because the oppressed were destitute of all other succours.
Fatherless - Of such as have no friend or helper, one kind of them
being put for all.
15: Seek - Search for it, and punish these wicked atheists.
'Till - No such wickedness be left in the world, or at least in
16: Is king - To whom it belongs to protect his subjects. Therefore
his peoples case is never desperate, seeing he ever lives to help them.
The heathen - The Canaanites; whom God, as king of the world, expelled,
and gave their land to his people. By which great example he confirms
his faith and hope for the future. His land - Out of Canaan, which God
calls his land, because he gave it to them, and fixed his presence and
dwelling in it.
17: Prepare - By thy grace and good spirit, that they may so pray as
thou wilt hear.
18: To judge - To give sentence for them, and against their enemies.
The man - Earthly and mortal men, who yet presume to contend with thee