We need 2 cookies to store this setting. It is the conjecture of many expositors that David penned this psalm upon occasion of Absalom's rebellion, and that the particular enemy he here speaks of, that dealt treacherously with him, was Ahithophel; and some will therefore make David's troubles here typical of Christ's sufferings, and Ahithophel's treachery a figure of Judas's, because they both hanged themselves. This was someone once aligned with David who nevertheless exalted himself against David. You can also change some of your preferences. to Psalms, VII. Psalm 55:16-17 - As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. “Fear leads only to desire to flee. Even He who abides from of old. They helped each other with advice (took sweet counsel together) and went to the house of God together. As for me, I will call upon God, Psalm 56 Commentary. Then I could bear it. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. “If I read the text aright, we here have David talking to himself; and what we are to endeavor to do is, to talk to ourselves, just as David talked to himself.” (Spurgeon). Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Then I could hide from him. A Maskil # 55:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term of David. In fact, he seems to have distinguished between his enemies, who are cursed here, and his former friend in the previous section, who is not cursed.” (Boice). DIVISION. His heart ‘writhes’ in him. 55:7 "Selah" See note at Psalm 3:2 and Intro. For they j drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me. God will hear, and afflict them, God was still Lord over all, and God had the final word on whether the righteous would be moved or not. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest. For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Chapter 55. Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. Prayer to God to manifest his favour. 10 Day and night they go … But it was you, a man my equal, Psalm 55:22(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. ... Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (13) But it was . We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Let them go down alive into hell, Psalm 55:13 But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance. With stringed instruments. Do not ignore my cry for help! (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … 55:7 "Selah" See note at Psalm 3:2 and Intro. He asked God to attend to me, and hear me. 54:2; 61:1; 86:6 Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 55. 1 # Ps. ‘As for me, I will trust in the Lord.’” (Kidner), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. a. He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. Selah Mortal men, though ever so high and strong, will easily be crushed by an eternal God. It is the conjecture of many expositors that David penned this psalm upon occasion of Absalom’s rebellion, and that the particular enemy he here speaks of, that dealt treacherously with him, was Ahithophel; and some will therefore make David’s troubles here typical of Christ’s sufferings, and Ahithophel’s treachery a figure of Judas’s, because they both hanged themselves. Chapter 55. It’s hard to imagine David wishing Absalom to hell (Psalm 55:15) when he didn’t even want him to die. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger. i. You can check these in your browser security settings. b. Oh, that I had wings like a dove: David wished he could just escape this terror-filled situation and remain in the wilderness. 22. thy burden --literally, "gift," what is assigned you. In effect, there are two parties involved, not three. “The I is emphatic, dismissing the preoccupation with the enemy. c. They bring down trouble upon me: David was troubled by the voice of the enemy (this psalm seems to emphasize the singular instead of several enemies) and the oppression of the wicked. For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. The spiritual eye ever and anon sees the Son of David and Judas, and the chief priests appearing and disappearing upon the glowing canvas of the Psalm. Psalm 56 Commentary. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Psalm 55:16,17, 22. Psalm 55:16-17 THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER. Psalm 55#In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24.For the director of music. The psalms of David, which were penned thousands of years ago have as much relevance in todays, anti-God, Christ-rejecting sinful world, as they did in the time of David's trouble. The Hebrew word translated "pray" in verse 17 is rib, indicating a feeling, an emotion. i. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 55. www.easyenglish.bible. i. a. a. He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken his covenant: David’s unnamed enemy was also treacherous, breaking peaceful relationships and breaking agreements with others. David praying. i. Psalm 55:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 55:8, NIV: "I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.'" “None are such real enemies as false friends.” (Spurgeon). Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. c. I would hasten my escape, from the windy storm and tempest: If David had the wings of a bird he would simply escape from his present problems. to Psalms, VII. And remain in the wilderness. “Most of those who have few or no afflictions and trials in life, have but little religion. ii. “The phrase, let them go down to Sheol alive, is a clear echo of Numbers 16:30, where Moses had called for proof that in resisting him the rebels of his day were resisting God.” (Kidner). JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Psalms 55 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. to Psalms, VII. Both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. 22. thy burden --literally, "gift," what is assigned you. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. All this made David tremble in fear and feel that horror has overwhelmed me. Destruction is in its midst; Cast your burden on the LORD, But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. Psalms 55 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. “He can do nothing but groan or moan. Like an avalanche, deadly terrors have fallen on him and crushed him. Horror overwhelmed him. Psalm 55:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 55:15, NIV: "Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them." PSALMS 55 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 55. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he … And in wrath they hate me. Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you: There are few greater burdens to bear than a one-time friend who becomes a treacherous and dangerous enemy. d. But I will trust in You: The psalm appropriately ended with David’s focus upon God, not his enemies. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! David praying. The changes of number, Psa 55:15, 23, and here, enliven the picture, and imply that the chief traitor and his accomplices are in view together. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. The burden of afflictions is very heavy, especially when attended with the temptations of Satan; there is also the burden of sin and corruption. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved: David had hope and confidence because he was persuaded that his fate did not rest in the hands of treacherous men. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, He shall sustain: “The experience of suffering was not taken away from the servant of God, but he was sustained, and so made strong enough to resist its pressure, and through it to make his service more perfect. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. He will not suffer them to be utterly cast down. Psalm 55 - For the director of music. No man ever described a wounded heart like David.” (Clarke). NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. We may carry them to our undoing, or we may cast them on Him for his blessed countenance.” (Meyer), ii. The translated Bible text has yet … When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. As before, the word Neginoth in the superscription, perhaps part of a postscript to Psalm 54, is probably correctly translated in the NKJV as “stringed instruments.” David cries out to God in this song about many enemies acting against him, though his focus is on one in particular. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Therefore they do not fear God. “It is some comfort to us to know that there are spiritual giants who have had this urge, whether they have succumbed to it like Elijah (1 Kings 19:3ff.) Yet they were drawn swords. My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me: The stress of this crisis did cause David mental anguish, increased by the real danger of death. The terrors of death: “I am in hourly expectation of being massacred.” (Clarke), iii. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. ] Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 1 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a wisdom psalm, calling people to follow the path of righteousness to obtain the blessings that God confers on the righteous. We may not complain of him, but we may complain to him.” (Spurgeon). We must commit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as seemeth him good, and let us be satisfied. The psalms of David, which were penned thousands of years ago have as much relevance in todays, anti-God, Christ-rejecting sinful world, as they did in the time of David's trouble. “How natural is this description! The context of Psalm 55. New Living Translation But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. For they bring down trouble upon me, Attend to me, and answer me; I am troubled in my complaint. However, it can also mean "to grapple with, rumble, fight an adversary, strive, or contend as with a judge." c. You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction: The faithful God would not only help and establish the righteous, He would also bring down those bloodthirsty and deceitful men who caused so much trouble among God’s people. One might think this is self-pity, but no. They become sufficient to themselves, and call not upon God.” (Clarke). Psalm 55:17-21. ... And that man is David and we have his prayer recorded for us in Psalm 56 in which he wrestles with the reality that he had departed from God’s clear path for him. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. In contrast we see how honorable David was in not specifically naming the man. But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; Parts of this psalm seem to fit Absalom’s rebellion, but some parts don’t. Severely pained: “His heart is palpitating like a woman in labor.” (VanGemeren), ii. A maskil of David. The title of this psalm is To the Chief Musician. Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he … He shall hear us, and not blame us for coming too often; the oftener the more welcome. “Like a dove; which being fearful, and pursued by birds of prey, flies away, and that very swiftly and far, and into solitary places, where it hides and secures itself in the holes of the rocks, or in some other secret and safe place; all which fitly represents David’s present disposition and desire.” (Poole), ii. David knew that even this was a burden that God could and should bear. Psalm 55. “God imposes burdens, to see what we will do with them. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. (Psalms 55:3). I would fly away and be at rest. Attend to me, and answer me; I go about moaning in my complaint, and am greatly agitated. Day and night they go around it on its walls; c. Destruction is in its midst; oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets: The instability and intrigue made the whole city unsafe. a. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. b. i. “So the psalmist’s wish was but a wish; and he, like the rest of us, had to stand to his post, or be tied to his stake, and let enemies and storms do their worst.” (Maclaren). In every trial let us call upon the Lord, and he will save us. a. Those who are not reclaimed by the rod of affliction, will certainly be brought down to the pit of destruction. The surging emotions that these situations occasion are seen in the alternating pictures of faithless men and expressions of trust in a faithful God. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 55:22 and more! “What a comfort that we may be thus familiar with our God! Words marked with a *star are described in the word list at the end. The Jerusalem Bible renders this, They bring misery crashing down upon me. With stringed instruments. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. David believed he could face almost anything with the strong sense of God’s presence and pleasure. Faith alone creates courage.” (Morgan). God often destroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. “The city, the holy city had become a den of wickedness: conspirators met in the dark and talked in little knots in the streets even in broad daylight.” (Spurgeon). 4, title stringed instruments. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Fury only emphasizes the consciousness of the wrong. But I will trust in You. No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. They bring down trouble upon me: “They tumble it on me, as men do stones or anything else upon their besiegers, to endamage them; so did these sin, shame, anything, upon innocent David, to make him odious.” (Trapp), My heart is severely pained within me, NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in … i. Morgan noted the movement in this psalm from fear to fury and now finally to faith. i. . If this psalm is connected to Absalom’s rebellion and Ahithophel’s treason, the answer to the prayer is recorded in 2 Samuel 17:1-23 when there was a division of opinion among Abasalom’s advisers Ahithophel and Hushai. Psalms 55 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. a. As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me. For there were many against me. To the leader: with stringed instruments. His enemies should be reckoned with, and brought down; they could not ease themselves of their fears, as David could, by faith in God. i. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. The surging emotions that these situations occasion are seen in the alternating pictures of faithless men and expressions of trust in a faithful God. This is another psalm accredited to David; and as Maclaren stated it, "Davidic authorship has at least as much to say for itself as any of the other conjectures that have been offered." And this prayer is a prophecy of the utter, the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and rebel against the Messiah. In the psalm, the enemy is mentioned with both singular and plural words. Let death seize them; But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance: The unnamed man was a partner and friend to David. Psalm 55 is the last maskil of David in a sequence of four. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved; to be so shaken by any troubles, as to quit their duty to God, or their comfort in him. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Gordon Churchyard. Read Psalm 55:22 commentary using The Treasury of David. “His prayer is perceptive, and a lesson to us: he remembers how God dealt with Babel (55:9a), another arrogant city, by exploiting the inherent divisiveness of evil.” (Kidner). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. “It seems significant that David does not specifically mention his former friend in this malediction. Because of the oppression of the wicked; e. Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God: The sense of they do not change is somewhat obscure. “The Psalmist would not endeavour to meet the plots of his adversaries by counterplots, nor imitate their incessant violence, but in direct opposition to their godless behaviour would continually resort to his God.” (Spurgeon), ii. The title of this psalm is To the Chief Musician.With stringed instruments. I will pray, and cry aloud, David weeping. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. I would hasten my escape We may request cookies to be set on your device. Psalm 55. My e-mail is gdpease1@gmail.com For the director of music. or withstood it like Jeremiah (Jeremiah 9:2; 10:19).” (Kidner), iii. My companion and my acquaintance. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. This is how God ever sustains us in the bearing of burdens.” (Morgan), iv. Whatever it is that thou desirest God should give thee, leave it to him to give it in his own way and time. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray: David’s confidence in God was rooted in sincere dependence on God, demonstrated by constant prayer. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Intro: Ill. 2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless h in my complaint and I i moan, 3 because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: Using repetition and vivid images, David showed how dishonorable his unnamed enemy was. (1-8) The great wickedness and treachery of his enemies. 55:8 "place of refuge" The noun (BDB 812) occurs only here and Psalm 18:2. Words in boxes are from the Bible. Psalm 55:16-17 - As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. David in great alarm. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 55:22 and more! F1 The title we have selected is from Leupold. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. Psalm 55 - For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. We took sweet counsel together, It may be that the events connected with this psalm are unrecorded in the sacred history of the life of David. “In that dread hour when Jesus bore our sins upon the tree, his Father did hide himself, and this was the most dreadful part of all the Son of David’s agony.” (Spurgeon). Show content in: English Both Hebrew. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. David in this first few statements simply says that he will bring his complaint to God. For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them: David called upon God to bring such a severe judgment because the wickedness was so deeply ingrained in them. The word is elsewhere used for changes of raiment, or for the relief of military guards. It likely refers either to the idea that they do not change for the better, or they have not had to change because of adversity. Most people can identify with David’s longing. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. “Their not having ‘changes’ is closely connected with their not fearing God. Psalm 55:22(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. 55 g Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! The battle continued (there were still many against him), but his soul was in peace. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. He is in distress – he mourns – makes a noise – sobs and sighs – his heart is wounded – he expects nothing but death – this produces fear – this produces tremor, which terminates in that deep apprehension of approaching and inevitable ruin that overwhelms him with horror. He has broken his covenant. i. Because of the oppression of the wicked (Psalms 55:3). “Thus in this short psalm, we have climbed from the ravenous jaws of the enemy into the light of Jehovah’s presence, a path which only faith can tread.” (Spurgeon) ii. IN TOUCH . a. The word erek is used (Exodus 40:23) of the row of loaves constituting the … With stringed instruments. With stringed instruments. The crisis at hand was not merely a problem for David, but for God’s people in general. For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it: David refers to a specific person who speaks against (reproaches) him. (9-15) He is sure that God would in due time appear for him. Read Psalm 55:22 commentary using The Treasury of David. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. David relates his troubles, 1-14, and then he spells out the doom of the wicked, v.15. As much as it hurts him, he will go to God with it. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Why do not we trust Christ to govern the world which he redeemed? From the windy storm and tempest.”. Let us not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. “The psalmist feels that the defection of his false friend is the worst blow of all. i. Do not hide Yourself from my supplication: We sense in David’s prayer that he felt God was distant, as if He were hiding from David. To cast our burden upon God, is to rest upon his providence and promise. Psalm 55:16-17 - Bible Translations: New King James Version As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;. He would trust in Him and not be disappointed. Listen to my prayer, O God,do Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. © 2020 Christianity.com. David weeping. d. God will hear, and afflict them, even He who abides from of old: David was confident that the eternal God would answer His prayer. Because they do not change, b. I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily: At the beginning of this psalm, David had little peace. i. He was restless, complaining, and moaning; and his moans were noisy. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. The prophets pronounced judgment on those who claimed to be faithful, but whose lives failed to live up to their claims. b. David in great alarm. After feeling downcast and defeated, David remembered the privilege of prayer. People walked the city day and night causing trouble for David. “The Hebrews began their day in the evening, and hence David mentions the evening first.” (Clarke). “What David was unwittingly describing in this moving passage was also the essence of his own treachery to Uriah, one of his staunchest friends (2 Samuel 23:39).” (Kidner). I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily, Yet the connection of David’s words here with his sin against Uriah is stunning. Give ear to my prayer, O God, 2. To him that presides on Neginoth; an instructive Psalm of David.. Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my supplication. i. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Attend to me, and hear me; Psalm 55:8, ESV: "I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”" Psalm 55:8, KJV: "I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest." Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. i. Many see an allusion to the confusion of tongues at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). To the choirmaster: with # Ps. (16-23). There are more true Christians, and believers have more real friends, than in their gloomy hours they suppose. And He shall hear my voice. Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell: This remarkably strong statement from David shows how dangerous the man was to the peace of God’s people and how deeply he had wounded David. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. 10 Day and night they go … He, who bore the burden of our sorrows, desires us to leave to him to bear the burden of our cares, that, as he knows what is best for us, he may provide it accordingly. David had been betrayed by one of his best friends and his soul was in deep distress. And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Selah Christ was betrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel in his crimes and doom. David wanted to simply escape – but he did not. 2. And the promise is not that God will carry it, but that he will sustain you.” (Kidner), iii. c. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: David felt that his soul had been rescued (bought out, redeemed) from turmoil and crisis and into peace. The only relief under it is, to look to Christ, who bore it. Evening and morning and at noon 1. PSALM 55 PRAYER IN THE FACE OF A WICKED CONSPIRACY INVOLVING A FORMERLY TRUSTED FRIEND. Explaining the Book. b. Too many believers forget the tremendous, glorious privilege that belongs to us as children of God. He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; 55:8 "place of refuge" The NOUN (BDB 812) occurs only here and Psalm 18:2. IN TOUCH . And He shall sustain you; Cast Your Burden on the Lord. Psalm 55 Complaint about a Friend’s Treachery. In these verses we have, 1. It is likely that David wrote this under the stress and intrigues of power once he came to the throne. How can I truthfully say that I have cast it upon him if still I am burdened with it?” (Spurgeon). We don’t know exactly when this happened in David’s life –  if it was before or after his sin with Bathsheba and cover-up murder of Uriah. As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me: David abruptly switched from praying for destruction to declaring calm confidence in God. Psalm 55 – Trusting God Against a Treacherous Enemy. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. A Maskil of David. Care is a burden, it makes the heart stoop. Psalm 55:8, NASB: "'I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest.'" Book 1 (Psalms 1 - 41) » Psalms ... Psalm 55: Betraying a Friend [or download in R TF format] Psalm 56: The Silent Dove among Strangers [or download in R TF format] But war was in his heart; Most commentators fit this psalm to Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18) and the trusted associate as Ahithophel. . Psalms 55 It is the conjecture of many expositors that David penned this psalm upon occasion of Absalom's rebellion, and that the particular enemy he here speaks of, that dealt treacherously with him, was Ahithophel; and some will therefore make David's troubles here typical of Christ's sufferings, and Ahithophel's treachery a figure of Judas's, because they both hanged themselves. 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