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Psalm 140-142

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Psalm Chapter 140

Lawless people "stir up wars continually" because they do not live according to God's Law of love and respect, for God (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4) and for one's fellow man (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10). On "their lips is the poison of vipers" because truth is found only in God's Wisdom.

The Ten Commandments

"To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart [see Evil Means Fool], and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the poison of vipers. [Selah]

Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. Arrogant [see The Two Kinds Of Pride] men have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net, by the wayside they have set snares for me. [Selah]

I say to The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], Thou art my God; give ear to the voice of my supplications, O Lord! O Lord, my Lord, my strong deliverer, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further His evil plot! [Selah]

Those who surround me lift up their head, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them! Let burning coals fall upon them! [see They Shall Be Ashes] Let them be cast into pits, no more to rise! Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

I know that The Lord maintains the cause of the afflicted [see No Pain, No Gain], and executes justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Thy name; the upright shall dwell in Thy presence." (Psalm 140:1-13 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 141

David's "let my prayer be counted as incense before Thee" is an apocalyptic (see Apocalypse) reference to "incense, which are the prayers of the saints" i.e. "And when He [see The Ancient of Days] had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints; and they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art Thou to take the scroll and to open its seals, for Thou wast slain and by thy blood didst Ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on earth." (Revelation 5:8-10 RSV).

Passover In Egypt

"A Psalm of David.

I call upon Thee, O Lord; make haste to me! Give ear to my voice, when I call to Thee! Let my prayer be counted as incense [see Frankincense] before Thee, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips! Incline not my heart to any evil [A Pure Heart], to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties!

Let a good man strike or rebuke me in kindness, but let the oil of the wicked never anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds. When they are given over to those who shall condemn them, then they shall learn that the word of The Lord is true. As a rock which one cleaves and shatters on the land, so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol [see Sheol and Hades].

But my eyes are toward Thee, O Lord God; in Thee I seek refuge [see Sanctuary]; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap which they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked together fall into their own nets, while I escape." (Psalm 141:1-10 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 142

David's "my spirit is faint" refers to Giving Up The Ghost, a physical act.


"A Maskil of David, when He was in the cave. A Prayer.

I cry with my voice to The Lord, with my voice I make supplication to The Lord, I pour out my complaint before Him, I tell my trouble before Him.

When my spirit is faint, Thou knowest my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. I look to the right and watch, but there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me, no man cares for me.

I cry to Thee, O Lord; I say, Thou art my refuge [see Where Is Your Place Of Safety?], my portion in the land of the living. Give heed to my cry; for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors; for they are too strong for me! Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to Thy Name! The righteous will surround me; for Thou wilt deal bountifully with me." (Psalm 142:1-7 RSV)

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