Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 13

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole BibleCommentary Critical



:-. On title, see :-. The Psalmist, mourning God's absence and the triumph of his enemies, prays for relief before he is totally destroyed, and is encouraged to hope his trust will not be in vain.

Verse 1

1. The forms of expression and figure here used are frequent (compare Psalms 9:12; Psalms 9:18; Psalms 10:11; Psalms 10:12).

How long . . . for ever—Shall it be for ever?

Verse 2

2. The counsels or devices of his heart afford no relief.

Verse 3

3. lighten mine eyes—dim with weakness, denoting approaching death (compare 1 Samuel 14:27-29; Psalms 6:7; Psalms 38:10).

Verse 4

4. rejoice—literally, "shout as in triumph."

I am moved—cast down from a firm position (Psalms 10:6).

Verse 5

5, 6. Trust is followed by rejoicing in the deliverance which God effects, and, instead of his enemy, he can lift the song of triumph.

Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfb/psalms-13.html. 1871-8.
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