2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. PSALM 39 12 13 I said to myself, I’m going quit complaining! What a poor thing is beauty! Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. "The very purpose of David's prayer, beginning with this verse, was based in his hope of being led back to a quiet confidence in God, which would dispel the vain thoughts. 1983-1999. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. How heroic it is, that in the midst of the riddles of the present, and the looming darkness of that night in which no man can work, and the pitiful brevity of our earthly pilgrimage, that faith lays hold on God as the ultimate reality. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I … In common language, of course, this is merely a pledge on the part of the psalmist to keep his mouth shut. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-39.html. There seems to be physical, emotional and mental suffering going on in his life and he doesn’t know how to respond. He longs to know whether his life, or at least his full conscious life, is to cease with death; and he here asks God to teach him this mystery. They have such quick ears, and they are so ready to misinterpret and misrepresent our words, and if they can find one word awry, they will straightway preach a long sermon over it, so let us muzzle our mouths while they are near. "The fire burned" (Psalms 39:3). 5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. The way to dusty death. Login or Create an Account. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. It is better to follow the RSV in this verse, which has: "I am dumb, I do not open my mouth; for it is thou who hast done it." Whole Psalm. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. My hope is in You. May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God. The superscription entitles this psalm, 'The Vanity of Life,' but the brevity of life is also a feature. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Although God made man "very good" (Genesis 1:31), He purposely made him temporary and incomplete (II Corinthians 4:18; II Timothy 3:17; … and not sin in what I say. This simply means that all of David's questions are answered. Psalm 97:1-99:9. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. For Jeduthun. His holiness frightens us and repels us, all at once! In this study, we shall examine the verses one by one. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if … Let me know how fleeting my life is. Psalm 38 Psalm 39 Psalm 40. - From Gilbert and Sullivan's H. M. S. Pinafore.SIZE>. Commentaries on Psalms. Chapter 39 David seems to have been in a great strait when he penned this psalm, and, upon some account or other, very uneasy; for it is with some difficulty that he conquers his passion, and composes his spirit himself to take that good counsel which he had given to others (Ps. The answer is 'God,' and the meaning is not so much that God will be the soul's portion in the future life, as that God's presence here and now redeems this life from its nothingness.[20]. For Jeduthun. Out, out, brief candle! The more I mused, the hotter the fires inside. 1. He has no one else to turn to. I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. I decided 0559 > , “I will watch 08104 > what I say and make sure I … Psalm 51 Psalm 52 Psalm 53 Psalm 54 Psalm 55 Psalm 56 Psalm 57 Psalm 58 Psalm 59 Psalm … 13 Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more." But whichever the case, in the midst of his suffering, David is tormented with the severity of God’s discipline in view of the shortness and uncertainty of life. Rawlinson admitted that this rendition is the literal meaning but preferred the Prayer-book Version. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. Psalm 39 - For the director of music. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. This is a prayer that God will take away the hindrance that came to David in some defeat, some illness, some sorrow, or some sin that caused God's displeasure. PSALM 39. Psalm 39 David seems to have been in a great strait when he penned this psalm, and, upon some account or other, very uneasy; for it is with some difficulty that he conquers his passion, and composes his spirit himself to take that good counsel which he had given to others (Ps. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on the Psalms picking up today in chapter 39, verse 1. Het boek der Psalmen. God is ever concerned with human tears. Psalm 39 - For the director of music. [2], There are a number of interpretations of these verses. Psalm 39:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. "And now, Lord, what wait I for? He created us; he is the answer; he is the Redeemer; he is our hope and our salvation! A psalm of David. The word came from the period of the Crusades, when lonely persons attempting to make their way to the Holy Land, could often be seen "crossing the fields" of homesteaders; and, of course, they appeared briefly only once and then vanished forever. - William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth, Act. (1-6) He applies for pardon and deliverance. Verse six presents a key to understanding Psalm 1: “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of … David determined to restrain his tongue to avoid sinning when speaking. Derek Kid… View Psalm . Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. It is labeled 'A Psalm of David,' 'for the Chief Musician, for Jeduthun. One can hardly resist the speculation that Shakespeare had evidently read this psalm and made his comment on it in the lines just quoted. It is impossible for us to know what exactly that might have been; but there was some consciousness on David's part of God's being displeased; and here he pleads for forgiveness and the removal of that displeasure. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If life is 'as nothing,' a 'mere shadow,' 'all vanity' (as in Ecclesiastes), etc.? Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. Jeduthun's name, which signifies praising or celebrating, was a most appropriate one for a leader in sacred psalmody. H. Ewald. Hold not thy peace at my tears — Joined with my prayers. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. "When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity. We cannot believe, however, that David arrived at the same conclusion as did Shakespeare. David’s answer is simple and yet profound: Nature failed to muzzle the mouth, but grace achieved the work in the worthiest manner. Return to the Main Player. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. (Selah)". It is a fine resolution for most people, especially with regard to all complaints, criticisms, gossip, and many other elements that sometimes are featured in popular conversation. ', William Jones has an outline of this psalm, as follows: (1) Silence in Trouble (Psalms 39:1-3); (2) Speech in Trouble (Psalms 39:4:6); and (3) Supplication in Trouble (Psalms 39:7-13). KJV Psalm 38:1 ... One commentary I read by a man named Derek Kidner put it something like this – to think that sickness is never the result of sin is as unwise as thinking that it is always the result of sin. 1. 39:12 D. Psalm 39:13 is still a mystery to me. David meditates on man's frailty. Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 39, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 39:12-13 12 "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers. There is nothing here that suggests that. "Keep my mouth with a bridle" (Psalms 39:1). Informatie over dit bijbelboek in de Statenvertaling. It may be that David saw a direct link between a sin that he had committed and this trial, or he may be simply relating his suffering to the curse on the human race that stems from Adam’s sin. "While the ungodly is in my sight."[8]. Psalm 39. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. God numbers the tears of believers (Psalms 56); and the ultimate purpose of the Father is to 'Wipe away all tears from human eyes' (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 7:17; 21:4)."[22]. Psalms 39:1. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … I said. Make me not the reproach of the foolish.". Psalm 18:39, ESV: "For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me." ... Psalm 37 Psalm 38 Psalm 39 Psalm 40 Psalm 41 Psalm 42 Psalm 43 Psalm 44 Psalm 45 Psalm 46 Psalm 47 Psalm 48 Psalm 49 Psalm 50. A psalm of David. Psalms 39:7 - 'And now, Lord, for what do I wait? Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. I’ll keep quiet, especially when the ungodly are around me. In Psalm 38 David was ill. We think that Psalm 39 is about the same time in David’s life. 39. "Man indeed walks about as a mere shadow. I will hold my tongue. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour. on StudyLight.org Psalm 39:4-5 (p. 390) Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 Introduction: [“Show me Lord my life’s end and the number of my days. my hope [is] in thee. " Psalm 39 reflects David’s struggle with this problem. Sign In. Not quality, not excellence—vanity! 40 The L ord helps them and i delivers them; j he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they k take refuge in him. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. That is the way it is with all of us pilgrims and sojourners. A Psalm … It is supposed that this Jeduthun is the same with Ethan, <1 Chr. Psalm 39 - For the director of music. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage. 1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. There was no rebuke upon Jeremiah for this failure to keep silence; and we feel sure that none was due David for his failure to keep it here. Psalm 39 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . You have made my days a mere handbreadth. Several have pointed out that the true meaning here is 'muzzle,' not 'bridle. Psalm 39 is the 39th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue". We are not very impressed with the imaginary "reasons" some writers have assigned for this silence in the presence of the ungodly.