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2018 September 22
Psalm 140

Arabs on Horseback (c. 1840)
Massimo Taparelli, Marquis d'Azeglio (1798-1866)
Romanticism Style; Orientalism Genre
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence, Italy
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts a violent encounter between two groups of mounted fighters, typical (minus the modern weapons) of many incidents in the life of David, as recorded in today's chapter. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 140, David asks the LORD to judge his enemies and to deliver him from their violence. The circumstances described in the Psalm best fit the persecutions at the hand of Saul, especially David's assertions of innocence. In later persecutions, after David's sin with Bathsheba, David consistently expressed a strong sense of his sin and mingled his requests for deliverance from evil men with pleas for mercy and cleansing from his own sin.
     David asks the LORD to deliver him from evil and violent men who imagine mischief in their hearts and gather continually for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent and adders' poison is under their lips (1-3).
     David asks that the LORD will keep him from their grasp lest he be overthrown and taken in their snares and traps (4-5).
     David then acknowledges that the LORD is his God and asks him to hear his supplications as in the past when the LORD covered his head in battle. And he asks that the LORD will not grant the desires of his enemies lest they exalt themselves (6-8).
     He asks that the mischief of their own lips will cover them and that burning coals, fire, and deep pits will destroy them (9-10).
     He asks that evil speakers will not be established in the earth and that evil will hunt the violent man and overthrow him. He expresses confidence that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted and the right of the poor. He is confident also that the righteous will give thanks to the LORD and that the upright will dwell in the LORD's presence (11-13).

     [ Sermons: Steven J Lawson. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 140: 1 Samuel 18 - 2 Samuel 1. IMPRECATORY PSALMS: Psalm 5. Psalm 10. Psalm 17. Psalm 35. Psalm 58. Psalm 59. Psalm 69. Psalm 70. Psalm 79. Psalm 83. Psalm 109. Psalm 129. Psalm 137. Psalm 140. ]
[1] Psalms 4:1; Psalm 58; Psalm 64.
[2] Psalm 56:6; Psalm 120:7.
[3] Psalm 64:3; Psalm 58:4; Psalm 52:2; Psalm 10:7; Romans 3:13.
[5] Psalm 9:15.
[7] Isaiah 59:17; Psalm 60:9.
[8] Romans 1:24.
[9] Psalm 69:22.
[10] Psalm 66:12.
[11] Job 11:2; Proverbs 13:21.
[12] Psalm 9:4; Psalm 9:16.
[13] Psalm 11:7; Psalm 16:11.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 140 - #1. Psalm 140 - #2. Psalm 140 - #3. Psalm 140 - #4. Psalm 140 - #5. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 140
Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 To the chief Musician, [Transposed To Psalm 139 ] *

A Psalm of David. *

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from the violent man;
who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud
have hid a snare for me,
and cords;
they have spread a net by the wayside [beside the path];
they have set gins [nooses] for me.

6 I said unto the LORD,
Thou art my God:
hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7 O GOD the Lord,
the strength of my salvation,
thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O LORD,
the desires of the wicked:
further not his wicked device;
lest they exalt themselves.

9 As for the head of those that compass me about,
let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them:
let them be cast into the fire;
into deep pits,
that they rise not up again.

11 Let not an evil speaker [a man tongue] be established in the earth:
evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and the right of the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name:
the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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