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Bible Commentaries

Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 28

Verses 1-9

This Ps. is in many respects similar to Psalms 26, especially in the writer’s prayer that he may be distinguished from the wicked, and may escape their fate; and in the confidence which he reaches in the closing verses. In this Ps., however, the peril of death appears more acute (Psalms 28:1), and some have supposed that both Pss. were written in a time of pestilence.

1. The pit] the grave, or Sheol, the state of the dead. Unless his prayer is heard he looks for nothing less than death.

2. Thy holy oracle] RM ’the innermost place of thy sanctuary,’ the Holy of Holies, where God’s Presence specially dwells. Here, as in Psalms 26, the existence of the Temple seems to be indicated.

3. Draw me not away] to punishment and destruction: cp. Psalms 26:9.

4. Deeds] RV ’work.’ Endeavours] RV ’doings.’

Work] RV’ operation.’ These changes bring out the intended contrast between this v. and the next.

5. Destroy] RV ’break down,’ in direct opposition to build up.

8. Their strength] RM ’a strength unto his people.’ The saving strength] RV ’a stronghold of salvation.’ His anointed] the king.

9. Feed them] as a shepherd. Lift them up] RV ’bear them up,’ a beautiful continuation of the same figure: see Isaiah 40:11.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 28". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.