The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and
malicious tongues. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours.
The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful
tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They
forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought
God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained
a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act
as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what
will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his
arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper,
which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the
portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie,
shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.
It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and
kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for
ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for
living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he
prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and
he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness,
striving to overcome evil with good.