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2 Samuel 22 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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2 Samuel 22
Matthew Henry's Commentary
2 Samuel 22:1
And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day
the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
22:1-51 David's psalm of thanksgiving. - This chapter is a psalm of praise; we find it afterwards nearly as Ps 18. They that trust God in the way of duty, shall find him a present help in their greatest dangers: David did so. Remarkable preservations should be particularly mentioned in our praises. We shall never be delivered from all enemies till we get to heaven. God will preserve all his people, 2Ti 4:18. Those who receive signal mercies from God, ought to give him the glory. In the day that God delivered David, he sang this song. While the mercy is fresh, and we are most affected with it, let the thank-offering be brought, to be kindled with the fire of that affection. All his joys and hopes close, as all our hopes should do, in the great Redeemer.
2 Samuel 22:2
And he said, The LORD
my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
2 Samuel 22:3
The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2 Samuel 22:4
I will call on the LORD,
worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
2 Samuel 22:5
When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
2 Samuel 22:6
The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry
into his ears.
2 Samuel 22:8
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
2 Samuel 22:9
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
2 Samuel 22:10
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness
under his feet.
2 Samuel 22:11
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
2 Samuel 22:12
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters,
thick clouds of the skies.
2 Samuel 22:13
Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
2 Samuel 22:14
The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
2 Samuel 22:15
And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
2 Samuel 22:16
And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
2 Samuel 22:17
He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
2 Samuel 22:18
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
2 Samuel 22:19
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
2 Samuel 22:20
He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
2 Samuel 22:21
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
2 Samuel 22:22
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
2 Samuel 22:23
For all his judgments
before me: and
his statutes, I did not depart from them.
2 Samuel 22:24
I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
2 Samuel 22:25
Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
2 Samuel 22:26
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful,
with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
2 Samuel 22:27
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
2 Samuel 22:28
And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes
upon the haughty,
thou mayest bring
2 Samuel 22:29
my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:30
For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
2 Samuel 22:31
God, his way
perfect; the word of the LORD
a buckler to all them that trust in him.
2 Samuel 22:32
God, save the LORD? and who
a rock, save our God?
2 Samuel 22:33
power: and he maketh my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:34
He maketh my feet like hinds'
: and setteth me upon my high places.
2 Samuel 22:35
He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
2 Samuel 22:36
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
2 Samuel 22:37
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
2 Samuel 22:38
I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
2 Samuel 22:39
And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
2 Samuel 22:40
For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
2 Samuel 22:41
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
2 Samuel 22:42
They looked, but
none to save;
unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
2 Samuel 22:43
Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street,
did spread them abroad.
2 Samuel 22:44
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me
head of the heathen: a people
I knew not shall serve me.
2 Samuel 22:45
Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
2 Samuel 22:46
Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
2 Samuel 22:47
The LORD liveth; and blessed
my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
2 Samuel 22:48
God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
2 Samuel 22:49
And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
2 Samuel 22:50
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
2 Samuel 22:51
the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Courtesy of Open Bible
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