Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
This Psalm, while expressive of David's pious feelings on assuming
the royal office, teaches the humble, submissive temper of a true child
1. eyes lofty--a sign of pride
exercise myself--literally, "walk in," or "meddle with."
2. Surely, &c.--The form is that of an oath or strongest assertion.
Submission is denoted by the figure of a weaned child. As the child
weaned by his mother from the breast, so I still the motions of pride in
(Mt 18:3, 4;
Isa 11:8; 28:9).
Hebrew children were often not weaned till three years old.
soul--may be taken for desire, which gives a more definite sense,
though one included in the idea conveyed by the usual meaning,