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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM XLVIII. Chapter Overview

The glory and excellency of the church, verse 1-3.
Which God preserves from her enemies, verse 4-8.
God is praised for this, verse 9, 10.
Who effectually provides for its safety, verse 11-14 A song and psalm for the sons of Korah.

Verse 1
The city - In Jerusalem. Mountain - In his holy mountain.

Verse 2
The joy - This is spoken prophetically, because the joyful doctrine of the gospel was to go from thence to all nations. The city - Of God, who justly calls himself a great king.

Verse 3
Known - By long experience. Palaces - Possibly he may point at the king's palace and the temple, which was the palace of the king of heaven; which two palaces God did in a singular manner protect, and by protecting them, protected the whole city and people.

Verse 4
The kings - Either those kings confederate against Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20:1, or the Assyrian princes; whom they vain-gloriously called kings, Isaiah 10:8. Passed - In their march towards Jerusalem.

Verse 5
Saw it - They did only look upon it, but not come into it, nor shoot an arrow there - nor cast a bank against it, 2 Kings 19:32. Marvelled - At the wonderful works wrought by God.

Verse 6
Fear - At the tidings of Tirhakah's coming against them, 2 Kings 19:9, and at that terrible slaughter of their army, verse 2 Kings 19:35.

Verse 7
Breakest - Thou didst no less violently and suddenly destroy these raging enemies of Jerusalem, than sometimes thou destroyest the ships at sea with a fierce and vehement wind, such as the eastern winds were in those parts.

Verse 8
Heard - The predictions of the prophets have been verified by the events. Establish - God will defend her in all succeeding ages. And so God would have done, if Jerusalem had not forsaken him, and forfeited his protection.

Verse 9
Thought - It hath been the matter of our serious and deep meditation, when we have been worshipping in thy temple.

Verse 10
So - Thou art acknowledged to be such an one as thou hast affirmed thyself to be in thy Word, God Almighty, or All-sufficient, the Lord of hosts, and a strong tower to all that trust in thee. Righteousness - Of righteous actions; by which thou discoverest thy holiness.

Verse 11
Judgments - Upon thine and their enemies.

Verse 12
Tell - He bids them mark well her towers, bulwarks, and palaces, with thankfulness to God, when they should find upon enquiry, that not one of them were demolished.

Verse 13
Tell it - That they may continue their praises to God for this mercy, by which they hold and enjoy all their blessings.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 48". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=048>. 1765.  

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