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Richard H Priday's Psalms Chapter 73 comment on 1/06/2023, 4:50am...

Psalm 73.

This Psalm basically describes Asaph's contemplation of the wicked. In particular it examines those who are rich in this life all the way up to the moment of their death; and has envious feelings. Finally; he is in the Temple and the final state of eternal destruction is revealed to him and he repents of his attitude.

There is a general description of pride given in verse 6; but the real issue is that they think God is ignorant to their behaviors and mindset (v. 11); and they are generally listed as "the ungodly" in verse 12.

It is interesting to note verse 15 where there is not only envy but a desire not to "offend against the generation of thy children." We should remember that Asaph was in charge of the music and worship therefore even if not in charge of preaching the law directly; he couldn't show favoritism just because these were descendants of Abraham.

Verses 18 through 20 give a vivid description of God's wrath after the wicked people die and their spirit passes to the afterlife. Verse 22 shows the penitent attitude with further details in verse 23-25 once this situation is realized. He is grateful to be saved. Verse 26 shows Asaph's own mortality perhaps with his death approaching. Verse 27 shows that those who are "far from thee" AND those that go "a whoring FROM thee" have a bad end (i.e. atheists and those that walk away from God who used to be part of the visible "church" or in this case natural descendants of Israel and those under the Covenant of Abraham. Such would no doubt recieve greater damnation. Finally verse 28 shows trust in God as well as "declaring His works" as important for his own meditation and praise in worship.


Jesse's Psalms Chapter 73 comment on 7/28/2022, 8:04pm...


Something else to consider is that most believers when asked how many letters Paul wrote, the answer they give is 13, Romans through Philemon. It is safe to say Paul wrote those 13 letters because at the very beginning of each letter, Paul puts his inscription in the first verse. We don't see that in Hebrews so it would seem odd that Paul would put his inscription on all his letters but one.


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