Psalms Chapter 73 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The Prophet preuailing in a Temptation, 2 sheweth the occasion thereof, the prosperitie of the wicked: 13 The wound giuen thereby, diffidence. 15 The victory ouer it, knowledge of Gods purpose, in destroying of the wicked and sustaining the righteous.
View Wesley's Notes for Psalms Chapter 73
73:1 A clean heart - To all true Israelites, who love God, and serve him in spirit and truth.
73:2 My feet - My faith in God's providence, was almost overthrown.
73:4 No bands - They are not dragged to death, by the sentence of the magistrate, which they deserve.
73:5 As other men - As good men frequently are.
73:8 And speak - Boasting of their oppressions.
73:9 Against - Against God, blaspheming his name, and deriding his providence. Walketh - Using all manner of liberty, reproaching all sorts of persons.
73:10 Turn - To this wicked company. Waters - And partake of the same prosperity with their leaders. God seems to give them a full cup of consolation, as if he would wring out all his blessings upon them.
73:12 Behold - These seem to be the words of the psalmist, summing up the matter.
73:13 In vain - Hence I was sometimes tempted, to think that religion was a vain, unprofitable thing. True religion is here described by its two principal parts, the cleansing of the heart, and the hands.
73:15 Offend - By grieving, discouraging and tempting them to revolt from God.
73:16 To know - To find out the reason of this providence.
73:17 Until - 'Till I consulted the word of God. He alludes to the practice of those times, which was, in difficult cases to resort to God's sanctuary, and the oracle therein. Their end - There I learned that their prosperity was short.
73:19 Terrors - With God's dreadful judgements unexpectedly seizing upon them.
73:20 They awake - Out of the pleasant dream of this vain life. Despise - Thou shalt make them despicable both to themselves and to all others; raise them to shame, and everlasting contempt. Image - All their felicity and glory, which shall be evidently discerned to be, no real or substantial thing, but a mere image or shadow.
73:21 Pricked - I was deeply wounded with disquieting thoughts.
73:22 Nevertheless - Although I gave thee just cause to cast me off, yet thou didst continue thy care and kindness to me. Hast held - That my faith might not fail.
73:27 Go a whoring - Those who revolt from thee, to work wickedness; which is called whoredom in scripture.
Psalms Chapter 73 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Or, yet. , Heb. cleane of heart.
3 Iob. 21.7. psal.37.1. Ierem.12.1
4 Heb. fat.
5 Heb. in the trouble of other men. , Heb. with.
7 Heb. they passe the thoughts of the heart.
14 Heb. my chastisement was.
16 Heb. it was labour in mine eies.
22 Heb. I knew not. , Heb. with thee.
26 Heb. rocke.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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