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To him that presides, to Jeduthun; a Psalm of David.
A confession that there is no power but in the Divine [being or principle] and no succour but from the same, verses 1, 2, 5 to 8, 11, 12; that there is no prevailing against the Divine [being], verses 3, 4, 9, 10.
Verse 4. They bless with their mouth, but in the midst of them they curse. This is said of the church vastated as to good and as to truth, in which there is nothing but what is evil and false; the midst of man [vir] is the intellectual principle, where truth ought to be. AE 313.
Verse 10. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. The Divine Providence has for an end the eternal salvation of man, thus, not his satisfaction in the world, namely, opulence and eminence, wherein the generality, during the life of the body, place essential happiness; when yet the case is not so, inasmuch as generally eminence begets self-love, and opulence the love of the world, thus, what is contrary to love to God, and to charity towards the neighbour. AC 6481.
Verse 6. He only is my rock and my salvation, my high tower, etc. In the received English version of the Psalms, what is here rendered high tower, is expressed by the term defence, but it deserves consideration that, in the original Hebrew, a high place or tower is the idea intended to be expressed, as implying that all man's true security is an effect of his being raised above himself into communication and conjunction with that heavenly principle of love and of wisdom which is above himself.
Verse 9. Surely the sons of man [homo] are vanity, and the sons of man [vir] are a lie. By the sons of man [homo] are here evidently meant the thoughts of man's natural will, and by the sons of man [vir], the thoughts of man's natural understanding, which are opposed to the Divine will and Divine understanding. See Exposition of Ps. xlix. verses 1, 2, 3.PSALMS 62 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page