Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
&) A Psalm of David. Calmet and others think that this Psalm was composed by David after the death of Absalom; and from a collation of it with Ps 18, in which the same ideas and form of expression occur, there can be no doubt of both having proceeded from the same pen, and that David was the author.
Heb. my rock.
or, to the war, etc.
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
or, mercy. my fortress.
LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
what is man
or the son
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
Heb. hands. deliver me.
Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
their right hand
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
sing a new
It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
and deliver me
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
as corner stones
Heb. cut. the similitude.
That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
all manner of store
Heb. from kind to kind. our sheep.
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
strong to labour
Heb. able to bear burdens, or loaden with flesh. no breaking in.
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.