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Commentary Critical and Explanatory
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PSALM 143

      Ps 143:1-12. In structure and style, like the preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies; afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.

      1. in thy faithfulness . . . and . . . righteousness--or, God's regard to the claims which He has permitted His people to make in His covenant.

      2. enter . . . judgment--deal not in strict justice.
      shall no . . . justified--or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Ro 3:20).

      3, 4. The exciting reason for his prayer--his afflictions--led to confession as just made: he now makes the complaint.
      as those that have been long dead--deprived of life's comforts (compare Ps 40:15; 88:3-6).

      5, 6. The distress is aggravated by the contrast of former comfort (Ps 22:3-5), for whose return he longs.
      a thirsty land--which needs rain, as did his spirit God's gracious visits (Ps 28:1; 89:17).

      7. spirit faileth--is exhausted.

      8. (Compare Ps 25:1-4; 59:16).
      the way . . . walk--that is, the way of safety and righteousness (Ps 142:3-6).

      9. (Compare Ps 31:15-20).

      10. (Compare Ps 5:8; 27:11).
      land of uprightness--literally, "an even land" (Ps 26:12).

      11. (Compare Ps 23:3; 119:156).

      12. God's mercy to His people is often wrath to His and their enemies (compare Ps 31:17).
      thy servant--as chosen to be such, entitled to divine regard.


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Psalm 143". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/jfb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=143>. 1871.  

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