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The foregoing psalm was an history of God's goodness to Israel;
this is an history of their rebellion: against him; probably both
were wrote by David at the same time, as we find the first verse
and the two last in that psalm, which he delivered to Asaph,(1Ch 16:35), &c.
Herein we have the preface, ver. 1 - 5.
The narrative of all of the sins of Israel, aggravated by the great
things God did for them; their provocations at the Red - sea, ver. 6 - 12.
Lusting, ver. 13 - 15.
Mutinying, ver. 16 - 18.
Worshiping the golden calf, ver. 19 - 23.
Murmuring, ver. 24 - 27.
Worshiping Baal - peor, ver. 28 - 31.
Quarreling with Moses, ver, 32, 33.
Mixing with the nations of Canaan, ver. 34 - 39.
God rebuked them, yet saved them from ruin, ver. 40 - 46.
The conclusion, ver. 47, 48.
It begins and ends with Hallelujah.
4: Me - He speaks here in the name, and on the behalf of the whole
nation. With - With those favours which thou dost usually and peculiarly
give to thy people.
5: See - Enjoy. Chosen - Of thy chosen people; such as are
Israelites indeed. Gladness - Such joy as thou hast formerly afforded
unto thy beloved nation. Glory - That we may have occasion to glory
in God's goodness towards us. Inheritance - In the congregation of thy
6: Glory - As our fathers did.
7: At the sea - When those wonders were but newly done, and fresh in
8: Saved them - That he may vindicate his name from the blasphemous
reproaches, which would have been cast upon it, if they had been destroyed.
9: Led them - As securely as if they had walked upon the dry land.
13: Soon - Even within three days, (Ex 15:22,23).
Waited not - They did not wait patiently upon God for supplies,
in such manner and time as he thought fit.
14: Lusted - For flesh.
15: Souls - Into their bodies. So their inordinate desire of
pampering their bodies, was the occasion of destroying them.
16: The saint - So called, because he was consecrated by God for that
sacred office of the priesthood, in which respect all the priests are said
to be holy, (Le 21:6-8). Hereby he intimates, that their envy and
rebellion was not only against Aaron, but against God himself.
19: A calf - When they were but just brought out of Egypt by such
wonders, and had seen the plagues of God upon the Egyptian idolaters,
and when the law of God was but newly delivered to them in such a
20: Their glory - God, who was indeed their glory. Into - Into the
golden image of an ox or calf, which is so far from feeding his people,
as the true God did the Israelites, that he must be fed by them.
23: Breach - God had made a wall about them; but they had made a
breach in it by their sins, at which the Lord, who was now justly
become their enemy, might enter to destroy them; which he had certainly
done, if Moses by his prevailing intercession had not hindered him.
24: Despised - Preferring Egypt, and their former bondage, before
it, (Nu 14:3,4).
25: The voice - To God's command, that they should boldly enter
26: Lifted up - He sware. Of this dreadful and irrevocable oath of
God, see (Nu 14:11,12).
27: Overthrow - He sware also (tho' not at the same time) that he
would punish their sins, not only in their persons, but in their posterity.
28: Joined - They had communion with him, as God's people have with
God in acts of his worship.
31: And - It was accepted and rewarded of God as an act of justice
37: Devils - They did not worship God as they pretended, but devils
in their idols; for those spirits, which were supposed by the Heathen
idolaters to inhabit in their images, were not good spirits, but evil
spirits, or devils.
43: Counsel - By forsaking God's way, and following their own
45: Repented - Changed his course and dealing with them.