Ps 91:1-16. David is the most probable author; and
the pestilence, mentioned in 2Sa 24:13-15, the most probable of any special
occasion to which the Psalm may refer. The changes of person allowable
in poetry are here frequently made.
1. dwelleth in the secret place—(Ps 27:5;
31:20) denotes nearness to
God. Such as do so abide or lodge secure from assaults, and can well
use the terms of trust in Ps 91:2.
3. snares … [and] … noisome
pestilence—literally, "plagues of mischiefs" (Ps 5:9; 52:7), are expressive figures for
4. For the first figure compare De 32:11; Mt
"surrounding"—that is, a kind of shield covering all over.
5. terror—or, what causes it (Pr 20:2).
by night—then aggravated.
arrow—that is, of enemies.
7, 8. The security is more valuable, as being
special, and, therefore, evidently of God; and while ten thousands of
the wicked fall, the righteous are in such safety that they only see
9-12. This exemption from evil is the result
of trust in God, who employs angels as ministering spirits (Heb 1:14).
13. Even the fiercest, strongest, and most
insidious animals may be trampled on with impunity.
14-16. God Himself speaks (compare Ps 46:10;
75:2, 3). All the terms to
express safety and peace indicate the most undoubting confidence
(compare Ps 18:2; 20:1; 22:5).
set his love—that of the most ardent
16. show him—literally, "make him see"
50:23; Lu 2:30).