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Commentary Critical And Explanatory On The Whole Bible by Robert Jamieson

Ps 79:1-13. This Psalm, like the seventy-fourth, probably depicts the desolations of the Chaldeans (Jer 52:12-24). It comprises the usual complaint, prayer, and promised thanks for relief.

Ps 79:1-13. This Psalm, like the seventy-fourth, probably depicts the desolations of the Chaldeans (Jer 52:12-24). It comprises the usual complaint, prayer, and promised thanks for relief.

1. (Compare Ps 74:2-7).

2, 3. (Compare Jer 15:3; 16:4).

4. (Compare Ps 44:13; Jer 42:18; La 2:15).

5. How long -- (Ps 13:1).

be angry -- (Ps 74:1-10).

jealousy burn -- (De 29:20).

6, 7. (Compare Jer 10:25). Though we deserve much, do not the heathen deserve more for their violence to us (Jer 51:3-5; Zec 1:14)? The singular denotes the chief power, and the use of the plural indicates the combined confederates.

called upon -- or, |by|

thy name -- proclaimed Thy attributes and professed allegiance (Isa 12:4; Ac 2:21).

8. former iniquities -- literally, |iniquities of former times.|

prevent us -- literally, |meet us,| as in Ps 21:3.

9. for ... glory of thy name [and for] thy name's sake -- both mean for illustrating Thy attributes, faithfulness, power, &c.

purge ... sins -- literally, |provide atonement for us.| Deliverance from sin and suffering, for their good and God's glory, often distinguish the prayers of Old Testament saints (compare Eph 1:7).

10. This ground of pleading often used (Ex 32:12; Nu 14:13-16).

blood ... shed -- (Ps 79:3).

11. prisoner -- the whole captive people.

power -- literally, |arm| (Ps 10:15).

12. into their bosom -- The lap or folds of the dress is used by Eastern people for receiving articles. The figure denotes retaliation (compare Isa 65:6, 7). They reproached God as well as His people.

13. sheep ... pasture -- (Compare Ps 74:1; 78:70).

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