Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
After appealing to God's judgment on his avowed integrity and innocence
of the charges laid by his enemies, the Psalmist professes delight in
God's worship, and prays for exemption from the fate of the wicked,
expressing assurance of God's favor.
1. Judge--decide on my case; the appeal of innocence.
in mine integrity--freedom from blemish (compare
His confidence of perseverance results from trust in God's sustaining
2. He asks the most careful scrutiny of his affections and thoughts
3. As often, the ground of prayer for present help is former favor.
4-8. As exemplified by the fruits of divine grace, presented in his
life, especially in his avoiding the wicked and his purposes of
cleaving to God's worship.
6. wash mine hands--expressive symbol of freedom from sinful acts
8. the habitation of thy house--where Thy house rests, as the
tabernacle was not yet permanently fixed.
honour dwelleth--conveys an allusion to the Holy of Holies.
9. Gather not, &c.--Bring me not to death.
10. Their whole conduct is that of violence and fraud.
11, 12. But, &c.--He contrasts his character and destiny with that
of the wicked (compare
Ps 26:1, 2).
12. even place--free from occasions of stumbling--safety in his
course is denoted. Hence he will render to God his praise publicly.