Commentary for Psalms 58

Wicked judges described and reproved. (1-5) A prayer that they may be disabled, and their ruin predicted. (6-11)

1-5 When wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse than any other; especially it is grievous to behold those who profess to be children of God, joining together against any of his people. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; we should be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchful over ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallen nature in others. The corruption of their nature was the root of bitterness. We may see in children the wickedness of the world beginning. They go astray from God and their duty as soon as possibly they can. And how soon will little children tell lies! It is our duty to take pains to teach them, and above all, earnestly to pray for converting grace to make our children new creatures. Though the poison be within, much of it may be kept from breaking forth to injure others. When the Saviour's words are duly regarded, the serpent becomes harmless. But those who refuse to hear heavenly wisdom, must perish miserably, for ever.

6-11 David prayed that the enemies of God's church and people might be disabled to do further mischief. We may, in faith, pray against the designs of the enemies of the church. He foretells their ruin. And who knows the power of God's anger? The victories of the Just One, in his own person and that of his servants, over the enemies of man's salvation, produce a joy which springs not from revenge, but from a view of the Divine mercy, justice, and truth, shown in the redemption of the elect, the punishment of the ungodly, and the fulfilment of the promises. Whoever duly considers these things, will diligently seek the reward of righteousness, and adore the Providence which orders all thing aright in heaven and in earth.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 58

  • I Am that Michael Isaac Dale
    A godly Prophet speaks of things that do come. The wicked falsely prophesies things that did come or cannot come. If a man says, The end is nigh! but denies Christ is come, he is false as Christ must first come. As it is written: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
  • Hazel
    Thanks you Lord for your blessings
  • Annie
    God will set things right. Sometimes we are grieviously wronged by others who we have not sought to embrace in our lives. A man makes himself our enemy without us ever knowing his name. God calls us not to the part of vengeance but to the dependence on divine intervention to set things right.
  • Lynda for verse 3
    Proverbs 16:4
  • HARRY ALLISON for verse 11
    BE obedient only to the correct translation of JESUS`s WORD...weigh the SPIRITS...
  • Jackie holstein
    I Love reading the word and the questions<3

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Wicked people's lies are like the poison of what?
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