Psalms Chapter 17 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Dauid in confidence of his integrity, craueth defence of God against his enemies. 10 He sheweth their pride, craft and eagernes. 13 Hee prayeth against them in confidence of his hope.
14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which haue their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: They are full of children, and leaue the rest of their substance to their babes.14
View Wesley's Notes for Psalms Chapter 17
17:1 The right - Regard my righteous cause.
17:2 Sentence - Judgment on my behalf. Come - From thy tribunal.
17:3 Proved - Or, searched or tried it, by many temptations and afflictions. Night - When mens minds being freed from the distraction of business, and from the society of men, they act more vigorously and freely, according to their several inclinations. Tried - As gold - smiths do metals. Nothing - Nothing of unrighteousness. Purposed - I have resolved, upon deliberation, as the word implies. Mouth - I am so far from practising against Saul's life, as they charge me, that I will not wrong him so much as in a word.
17:4 Concerning - Observing the works of the men of this age, how wicked they are, I was resolved to take more care in ordering my own actions. By - By the help of thy blessed word. Paths - The customs and practices. Destroyer - Or, of the violent man: such as Saul, and his courtiers and soldiers.
17:7 By - By thy great power.
17:10 They - They live in splendor and prosperity.
17:11 Steps - In all our ways. We go from place to place, to rocks, and caves, and woods; but wheresoever we go they are at hand, and ready to surround us. Eyes - They keep their eyes fixed upon us. Bowing - Couching down upon the earth, that they may watch the fittest opportunity to surprize us.
17:13 Sword - Thy instrument to execute vengeance upon thine enemies. Do not punish me with this rod: let me fall into thy hands, and not into the hands of men.
17:14 Thy hand - Wherewith thou dost correct me. World - Who set their hearts upon this world, and neither have, nor desire any other portion. Belly - Mind or appetite, as that word is used, #Job 20:20|. #Prov 20:30|. Treasure - With extraordinary wealth and glory. Children - When many of thy faithful servants are barren, these are blessed with a numerous posterity.
17:15 I will - I do not place my portion in earthly treasures, but in beholding God's face, in the enjoyment of God's presence and favour; which is enjoyed in part in this life, but not fully. Satisfied - The time is coming, wherein I shall be abundantly satisfied with beholding thy face. Awake - When I arise from he dead. Likeness - With the image of God stamped upon my glorified soul.
Psalms Chapter 17 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Heb. iustice. , Heb. without lips of deceit.
5 Heb. be not moued.
7 Or, that sauest them which trust in thee from these that rise vp against thy right hand.
9 Heb. that waste me. , Heb. my enemies against the soule.
12 Heb. the likeness of him (i. of euery one of them) is as a lion that desireth to rauin. , Heb. sitting.
13 Heb. preuent his face. , Or, by thy sword.
14 Or, from by thine hand. , Or, their children are full.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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