Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
(1Ch 16:41, 42),
one of the chief singers. His name mentioned, perhaps, as a special
honor. Under depressing views of his frailty and the prosperity of the
wicked, the Psalmist, tempted to murmur, checks the expression of his
feelings, till, led to regard his case aright, he prays for a proper
view of his condition and for the divine compassion.
1. I said--or, "resolved."
will take heed--watch.
ways--conduct, of which the use of the tongue is a part
bridle--literally, "muzzle for my mouth" (compare
while . . . before me--in beholding their prosperity
(Ps 37:10, 36).
2. even from good--
3. His emotions, as a smothered flame, burst forth.
4-7. Some take these words as those of fretting, but they are not
essentially such. The tinge of discontent arises from the character of
his suppressed emotions. But, addressing God, they are softened and
make me to know mine end--experimentally appreciate.
how frail I am--literally, "when I shall cease."
5, 6. His prayer is answered in his obtaining an impressive view of
the vanity of the life of all men, and their transient state. Their
pomp is a mere image, and their wealth is gathered they know not for
7. The interrogation makes the implied negative stronger. Though
this world offers nothing to our expectation, God is worthy of all
8-10. Patiently submissive, he prays for the removal of his
chastisement, and that he may not be a reproach.
11. From his own case, he argues to that of all, that the
destruction of man's enjoyments is ascribable to sin.
12, 13. Consonant with the tenor of the Psalm, he prays for God's
compassionate regard to him as a stranger here; and that, as such was
the condition of his fathers, so, like them, he may be cheered instead
of being bound under wrath and chastened in displeasure.