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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM LXXIII. Chapter Overview

It is probable, Asaph was the author of this psalm; for we read of the words of David and the words of Asaph the seer, which were used in praising God in Hezekiah's time, 2 Chronicles 29:30. He begins with laying down a general principle, verse 1.
Confesses his temptation to envy the wicked, verse 2-14.
Tells how he gained the victory over it, and advantage by it, verse 15-28.
A psalm of Asaph.

Verse 1
A clean heart - To all true Israelites, who love God, and serve him in spirit and truth.

Verse 2
My feet - My faith in God's providence, was almost overthrown.

Verse 4
No bands - They are not dragged to death, by the sentence of the magistrate, which they deserve.

Verse 5
As other men - As good men frequently are.

Verse 8
And speak - Boasting of their oppressions.

Verse 9
Against - Against God, blaspheming his name, and deriding his providence. Walketh - Using all manner of liberty, reproaching all sorts of persons.

Verse 10
Turn - To this wicked company. Waters - And partake of the same prosperity with their leaders. God seems to give them a full cup of consolation, as if he would wring out all his blessings upon them.

Verse 12
Behold - These seem to be the words of the psalmist, summing up the matter.

Verse 13
In vain - Hence I was sometimes tempted, to think that religion was a vain, unprofitable thing. True religion is here described by its two principal parts, the cleansing of the heart, and the hands.

Verse 15
Offend - By grieving, discouraging and tempting them to revolt from God.

Verse 16
To know - To find out the reason of this providence.

Verse 17
Until - 'Till I consulted the word of God. He alludes to the practice of those times, which was, in difficult cases to resort to God's sanctuary, and the oracle therein. Their end - There I learned that their prosperity was short.

Verse 19
Terrors - With God's dreadful judgements unexpectedly seizing upon them.

Verse 20
They awake - Out of the pleasant dream of this vain life. Despise - Thou shalt make them despicable both to themselves and to all others; raise them to shame, and everlasting contempt. Image - All their felicity and glory, which shall be evidently discerned to be, no real or substantial thing, but a mere image or shadow.

Verse 21
Pricked - I was deeply wounded with disquieting thoughts.

Verse 22
Nevertheless - Although I gave thee just cause to cast me off, yet thou didst continue thy care and kindness to me. Hast held - That my faith might not fail.

Verse 27
Go a whoring - Those who revolt from thee, to work wickedness; which is called whoredom in scripture.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 73". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.  


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