Commentary recommendations for Psalm 51

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timfost

Puritan Board Senior
Hi all,

I will be teaching the the next two Sundays on Psalm 51. What are you favorite commentaries?

As always, thank you for your recommendations!
 

Taylor Sexton

Puritan Board Senior
My first choice is and always will be Calvin. I have told many people that I never consider myself to have thoroughly considered a passage until I have read Calvin’s comments on it.
 

timfost

Puritan Board Senior
My first choice is and always will be Calvin. I have told many people that I never consider myself to have thoroughly considered a passage until I have read Calvin’s comments on it.

Yes, I feel the same way. I already started reading Calvin on this passage!

Thanks!
 

Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King
I can also pull some stuff from my Logos library if you need further expositions on any part or renderings from other translations.
 

timfost

Puritan Board Senior
I can also pull some stuff from my Logos library if you need further expositions on any part or renderings from other translations.

I will let you know, thank you so much!

BTW, I just finished teaching on Colossians and your John Eadie recommendation was my favorite. Quite an amazing work, and a wonderful recommendation!
 

Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King
I will let you know, thank you so much!

BTW, I just finished teaching on Colossians and your John Eadie recommendation was my favorite. Quite an amazing work, and a wonderful recommendation!

Praise God! I am glad you enjoyed it, brother. Eadie is my favorite commentator on Pauline epistles.
 

Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Junior
Psalm 51. What are you favorite commentaries?

Hi Tim, and all,

Don't forget E. W. Hengstenberg. I am going through the Psalms with him right now. I attached a PDF of Psalm 51. His commentary is 38 pages long, verse by verse after a large overview which deals with technical terms and more. Devotional gems are here and there throughout.

Ed
 

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Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Junior
Don't forget E. W. Hengstenberg.

Below is a short example of his style.

This morning I was going through Psalm 16, and on verse 2, "O my soul, you have said to the Lord, You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You,” The author translates the verse thusly,
"Ver. 2. (O my soul) thou sayest to Jehovah, Thou art my Lord, my salvation is not without Thee."
In the exposition of verse 2, the made the following (typical) comment on the trust that David had in God I thought was very edifying.​

The consequence of this is, that the soul, having again become conscious of itself, “rejoices and is glad,” in the sure expectation of God’s salvation, ver. 9. Such interlocutions, in which the sacred bards still and pacify their souls, like a child weaned by his mother, Ps. 131:3, have something indescribably moving and touching. The first expression of trust in the true God is this, that we say to Him, “Thou art the Lord;” the uncontrolled ruler over all in heaven and on earth; the possessor of all power; the dispenser of all safety; the One, without whom not a hair of our head can fall, who holds every breath of those who threaten us with destruction; the almighty Lord, whom heaven and earth obey; the supreme God, who has, and can do everything. “Who is it that orders all things? Who distributes all gifts? It is God; and He also is the One who can supply counsel and aid when we are ready to sink.”​

Hengstenberg, E. W. (1869). Commentary on the Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 235). Edinburgh: T&T Clark.
 

Don Kistler

Puritan Board Sophomore
Arthur Hildersham has a massive commentary on Psalm 51. You could probably locate a copy on EEBO (Early English Books Online) at a good research library. Or perhaps it's on google.com/books.
 

Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Junior
Ed, was that work translated by the Irish Presbyterian OT scholar, James Gracie Murphy?

Hi Daniel,

Sadly, the version I have is devoid of all front matter. It goes from the title page to Psalm 1. I don't have time today to look into this further; Gladly, I have loads of work in front of me. You could download the link I put up in this post. It has the title page. Interesting: I got three "likes" but so far no one has looked at the sample I uploaded.

How are you doing?

Ed
 
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Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
Hi Daniel,

Sadly, the version I have is devoid of all front matter. It goes from the title page to Psalm 1. I don't have time today to look into this further; Gladly, I have loads of work in front of me. You could download the link I put up in this post. It has the title page. Interesting: I got three "likes" but so far no one has looked at the sample I uploaded.

How are you doing?

Ed

Thanks, Ed. My old supervisor, Dr Andrew R. Holmes, mentions Murphy as one of the translators in his new book The Irish Presbyterian Mind.
 
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