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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM XXXVII. Chapter Overview

David exhorts to patience and confidence in God, verse 1-8.
Shews the different state of the righteous and the wicked, verse 9-40.
A psalm of David.

Verse 1
Fret not - Because they prosper in their wicked enterprizes.

Verse 5
Commit - All thy cares and business, and necessities, commend to God by fervent prayer.

Verse 6
Judgment - It shall be as visible to men, as the light of the sun, at noon-day.

Verse 7
Rest - Do not repine at his dealings, but quietly submit to his will, and wait for his help.

Verse 8
Fret not - Either against the sinner for his success; or against God. Do evil - If grief arise in thee, take care that it do not transport thee to sin.

Verse 9
The earth - This for the most part was literally fulfilled in that state of the church.

Verse 10
Not be - He shall be dead and gone. Diligently - Industriously seeking him. His place - His place and estate, and glory.

Verse 11
But - Those who patiently bear God's afflicting hand, and meekly pass by injuries. Peace - Partly of outward peace and prosperity, which God in his due time will give them: but principally of inward peace, in the sense of God's favour and the assurance of endless happiness.

Verse 13
His day - The day appointed by God for his punishment or destruction.

Verse 18
Knoweth - Observes with care and affection. The days - All things which befal them, their dangers and fears, and suffering. For ever - To them and their seed for ever: and when they die their inheritance is not lost, but exchanged for one infinitely better.

Verse 20
Fat - Which in an instant melts before the fire.

Verse 23
Established - So that he shall not fall into mischief.

Verse 24
Fall - Into trouble.

Verse 25
Forsaken - These temporal promises, were more express to the Jews in the times of the Old Testament, than to Christians.

Verse 26
Blessed - Not only with spiritual, but with temporal blessings.

Verse 27
Dwell - Thou shalt dwell in the land, and afterwards in heaven.

Verse 30
The mouth - Having shewed, God's singular care over the righteous, he proceeds to give a character of them. Judgment - Of God's judgment, word or law.

Verse 31
Heart - His thoughts, meditations and affections are fixed upon it. Slide - Slide, or swerve, from the rule, from God's law.

Verse 35
Bay-tree - Which is continually green and flourishing even in winter.

Verse 36
Yet - He was gone in an instant. But - There was no monument or remainder of him left.

Verse 37
Peace - Though he may meet with troubles in his way, yet all shall end well.

Verse 38
Together - All without exception.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 37". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.  


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