An earnest cry for divine aid against his enemies, as being also those
of God, is followed by the Psalmist's praise in assurance of a
favorable answer, and a prayer for all God's people.
1. my rock—(Ps 18:2, 31).
be not silent to me—literally, "from
me," deaf or inattentive.
become like them, &c.—share their
go down into the pit—or, "grave"
2. lift up my hands—a gesture of prayer
oracle—place of speaking (Ex 25:22;
Nu 7:89), where God answered
His people (compare Ps 5:7).
3. Draw me not away—implies punishment
as well as death (compare Ps 26:9).
Hypocrisy is the special wickedness mentioned.
4. The imprecation is justified in Ps 28:5. The force of the passage is
greatly enhanced by the accumulation of terms describing their sin.
endeavours—points out their deliberate
5. Disregard of God's judgments brings a
destroy … build … up—The
positive strengthened by the negative form.
6. supplications—or, "cries for
7. The repetition of "heart" denotes his
8. The distinction made between the
their strength—and the
anointed—may indicate Absalom's rebellion as the
9. The special prayer for the people sustains
feed them—as a shepherd (Ps 23:1, &c.).