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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

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Chapter Overview

PSALM. VII. David prays for deliverance from his enemies, verse 1, 2.
Appeals to God for his innocence, verse 3-5.
Prays to him to judge his cause, verse 6-9.
Expresses his confidence in God, verse 10-17.
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.

Title of the psalm. Shiggaion-This seems to be the name of a kind of song, or instrument, which then was well known, but now is only matter of conjecture. Words-The false report raised by him. Cush-Probably some eminent commander or courtier under Saul.

Verse 2
Lest - Mine enemy. Tear - Out of my body.

Verse 3
Hands - Which Cush and others falsely lay to my charge. Iniquity - In my actions.

Verse 4
Deliver - When it was in my power to destroy him, as 1 Samuel 24:2-6.

Verse 6
Lift up - Glorify thyself, and shew thyself to be above them. Commanded - To execute that righteous sentence, which thou hast commanded, appointed, and declared by thy prophet Samuel.

Verse 7
Compass - They will come from all parts to worship thee, and offer to thee praises and sacrifices. High - To thy tribunal, to sit there and judge my cause. An allusion to earthly tribunals, which generally are set up on high above the people.

Verse 9
O - Put a stop to their wicked practices.

Verse 11
Every day - Even then, when his providence seems to favour them, and they are most secure and confident.

Verse 12
He will - God will hasten, and speedily execute his judgments upon him.

Verse 13
Him - For the wicked. Ordaineth - Designs or fits for this very use. Of all sinners, persecutors are set up as the fairest marks of Divine wrath. They set God at defiance but cannot set themselves out of the reach of his judgments.

Verse 14
Travelleth - This metaphor denotes his deep design, and vigorous endeavours for doing mischief, and his restlessness and pain 'till he have accomplished it.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 7". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.  


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