Gradual of Palm Sunday

Psalm 72:24,1-3

Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by Thy will Thou hast conducted me, and with Thy glory Thou hast received me. V. How good is God to Isræl, to those of an upright heart! but my feet were almost moved, my steps had well-nigh slipped: because I was jealous of sinners, seeing the prosperity of sinners.


Verse 24. By thy will. Heb. and Sept. “into thy council.” Thou hast hindered me from yielding to my doubts, and hast revealed thy truths to me. C. — And. Heb. “afterwards.” — Glory. Syr. and Houbig. supply thy glory. Bert.

Verse 1. Asaph. See Ps. xlix. We shall not undertake to decide whether he composed or only sung this psalm; (Bert.) or whether he lived under David or Josaphat, or rather during the captivity. Those who attribute all the psalms to David, get rid of many such inquires: but they are involved in other difficulties, (C.) which are not insurmountable. H. — How. Heb. “Surely,” as if an answer was given to what had long troubled the author. Bert. — God is more excellent and beneficent (H.) than any tongue can express. W.

Verse 2. Slipt. I had almost yielded to temptation (M.) by denying Providence, (H.) and following the broad road. W. — Upon more mature reflection, (H.) I am perfectly convinced that God is not indifferent about those who serve him, though he may have treated Israel with severity. C.

Verse 3. Zeal. I was grieved, (M.) or even inclined to imitate the wicked; (see Matt. iii. 14. Ps. xxxvi. Jer. xii. and xxi. 7.) though the whole book is intended to clear up this difficulty respecting the treatment of the good and bad in this life.

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