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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM CXLIV. Chapter Overview

David blesses God for his mercies, verse 1-4.
Prays against his enemies, verse 5-8.
Promises to praise him, verse9-11. The happiness of those who serve God, verse 12-15.
A psalm of David.

Verse 2
Subdued - Who hath disposed my peoples hearts to receive and obey me as their king.

Verse 5
Come - To help me. Smoke - As Sinai did at thy glorious appearance, Exodus 19:18. This is a figurative and poetical description of God's coming to take vengeance upon his enemies.

Verse 7
Strange children - Either of the Heathen nations: or of the rebellious Israelites.

Verse 8
Vanity - Vain brags and threatenings which shall come to nothing. Falsehood - Deceiving themselves, by being unable to do what they designed; and others, by not giving them that help which they promised.

Verse 12
That - This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay. Cornerstone - Strong and beautiful.

Verse 14
Breaking in - Of enemies invading the land, or assaulting our cities, and making breaches in their walls. Going out - Of our people, either out of the cities to fight with an invading enemy: or out of the land into captivity.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 144". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=144>. 1765.  

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