Psalms 70


The psalmist prays for speedy deliverance, 1;

prays against those who sought his life, 2, 3;

and for the blessedness of those who sought God, 4;

urges his speedy deliverance, 5.


The title in the Hebrew is, To the chief Musician, A Psalm of

David, to bring to remembrance. There seems little sense in this

title. It seems to intimate that the Psalm was written as a

memorial that David had been in sore affliction, and that God had

delivered him. So the Vulgate, Septuagint, AEthiopic, and Arabic.

It is almost word for word the same with the five last verses of

Ps 40:14-17, to the notes on which the reader is referred.

Verse 1. Make haste to help me] I am in extreme distress, and

the most imminent danger. Haste to help me, or I am lost.

Verse 2. Let them be turned backward] They are coming in a body

against me. Lord, stop their progress!

Verse 3. That say, Aha, aha.] heach! heach! a note of

supreme contempt. See on Ps 40:15.

Verse 4. Let God be magnified.] Let his glory, mercy, and

kindness, continually appear in the increase of his own work in

the souls of his followers!

Verse 5. But I am poor and needy] ani veebyon,

I am a poor man, and a beggar-an afflicted beggar; a sense of my

poverty causes me to beg.

Thou art my help] I know thou hast enough, and to spare; and

therefore I come to thee.

Make no tarrying.] My wants are many, my danger great, my time

short. O God, delay not!


The contents of this Psalm are the following:-

I. The prayer of David for himself, that he may be freed from

his enemies, Ps 70:1, repeated Ps 70:5.

II. For the speedy overthrow of the wicked Ps 70:2, 3.

III. For the prosperity of the godly, Ps 70:4.

IV. The arguments he uses to induce God to answer his prayer.

1. His miserable condition: "I am poor and needy."

2. God's office: "Thou art my Helper and Redeemer."

For a farther analysis, see at the end of the fortieth Psalm.

See Clarke on Ps 40:17.

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