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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

PSALM III. Chapter Overview

David complains to God of his enemies, verse 1, 2.
Comforts himself in God, and the experience of his goodness, verse 3-6.
Triumphs in the salvation of God, verse 7, 8 A psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Verse 2
My soul - Of me: the soul being commonly put for the person. In God - God hath utterly forsaken him. Selah - This word is no where used but in this poetical book, and in the song of Habakkuk. Probably it was a musical note, directing the singer either to lift up his voice, to make a pause, or to lengthen the tune. But withal, it is generally placed at some remarkable passage; which gives occasion to think that it served also to quicken the attention of the singer and hearer.

Verse 3
A shield - My defence. My glory - Thou hast formerly given, and wilt farther give occasion of glorying in thy power and favour. Lifter up - Thou wilt restore me to my former power and dignity.

Verse 4
His hill - Out of heaven, so called, Psalms 15:1.

Verse 5
Slept - Securely, casting all my cares upon God. Awaked - After a sweet and undisturbed sleep.

Verse 7
Cheek bone - Which implies contempt and reproach. Teeth - Their strength and the instruments of their cruelty. He compares them to wild beasts.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=003>. 1765.