Psalm Eleven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Psalm 11:1 In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

Psalm 11:2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

foundations be destroyed. The wicked, with worldly wisdom, attack that which is foundational in the life of the righteous. For example, the truth of creation as recorded in Genesis is foundational to the rest of the Bible and to the faith and practice of the Christian. This is the primary focus of the attacks of the ungodly. The Christian is often oblivious to this critical danger.

Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psalm 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Psalm 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

countenance doth behold. Some translations invert this statement, reading it as: “The upright shall behold His countenance,” It is true either way, but the King James rendering is more consistent with the parallelism of the first part of the verse.