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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM XLI. Chapter Overview

David on a sick bed lays hold on God's promise and prays for mercy, verse 1-4.
Complains of the pride and malice of his enemies, verse 5-9.
Flees to God for succour, and praises him, verse 10, 13.
To the chief musician, A psalm of David.

Verse 3
Make his bed - Give him ease and comfort, which sick men receive by the help of those who turn and stir up their bed, to make it soft and easy for them.

Verse 4
Heal - The soul is said to be healed, when it is pardoned and purged. For - For I acknowledge that I have sinned.

Verse 6
His heart - Even when he is with me, and pretends hearty affection, his heart is devising mischief against me.

Verse 9
Yea - These words were literally fulfilled in David, and yet the Holy Ghost looked farther in them, even to Christ and Judas, in whom they received a fuller accomplishment. Lift up - A phrase implying injury, joined with insolency and contempt; taken from an unruly horse, which kicks at him that owns and feeds him.

Verse 10
Requite - Punish them for their wicked practices; which being now a magistrate, he was obliged to do.

Verse 11
By this - Because hitherto thou hast supported me, and prolonged my days to the disappointment of their hopes.

Verse 12
Settest - Or, hast confirmed me in thy presence, under thine eye and special care: to minister unto thee, as a king over thy people. And in regard of his posterity, the kingdom was established for ever.

Verse 13
Amen - Signifies an hearty assent and approbation, and withal an earnest desire of the thing, to which it is annexed. And as the psalms are divided into five books, so each of them is closed with this word; the first here: the second, Psalms 72:19, the third, Psalms 89:52, the fourth, Psalms 106:48, the last in the end of Psalms 150:6, the doubling of the word shews the fervency of his spirit, in this work of praising God.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 41". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=041>. 1765.  

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