Psalm 64: What God has brought about…


But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.

Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult! Psalm 64:7-10

John Gill, as quoted by Charles H. Spurgeon in the Treasury of David:

This Psalm is applied by R. Obadiah to Haman and Mordecai. The enemy is Haman, the perfect man shot at is Mordecai; about whom Haman communed with his friends to lay snares for him, and search diligently for occasions against him and his people, which issued in his own destruction. The ancient Midrash of the Jews applies it to Daniel, when cast into the den of lions; and Jarchi supposes that David, by a spirit of prophecy, foresaw it, and prayed for him who was of his seed; and that everything in the Psalm beautifully falls in with that account. Daniel is the perfect man aimed at; the enemy are the princes of Darius’s court, who consulted against him, communed of laying snares for him, and gained their point, which proved their own ruin. But the Psalm literally belongs to David, by whom it was composed.

John Gill.

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3 thoughts on “Psalm 64: What God has brought about…

  1. The Psalms have some of the best material in the Bible. My favorite is Psalm 82:1, “God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgement among the gods.” The proper translation of this psalm leads to a different interpretation of the Bible.

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