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Psalms 107:11

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

Because they rebelled against the words of God -

  • God showed them their duty and their interest, and commanded them to obey his word; but they cast off all subjection to his authority, acted as if they were independent of heaven and earth, and broke out into open rebellion against him.
  • He counsealed and exhorted them to return to him: but they contemned his advice, and turned his counsel into ridicule.
  • 3. As lenient means were ineffectual, he visited them in judgment: hence it is added,

    Albert Barnes
    Notes on the Whole Bible

    Because they rebelled against the words of God - The commands of God. They did not keep his commandments. Their captivity was produced by national disobedience. See the notes at Daniel 9:5-8.

    And contemned the counsel - They despised the instructions of God. The law of God, at the same time that it “is” law, is of the nature of “counsel,” since it is indicative of what God regards as wise and good, and since it is the best “advice” that God can give to people. A just and righteous law, while it involves “obligation” to obey it, is also the best counsel that can be given, and implies that the highest “wisdom” would be shown in being obedient to it. God will “command” nothing which he would not “advise,” and which it would not be “wisdom” to obey.

    Of the Most High - Of God, who, being supreme, has a right to rule over all, and to require that his laws shall be obeyed.

    Matthew Henry
    Concise Bible Commentary
    This description of prisoners and captives intimates that they are desolate and sorrowful. In the eastern prisons the captives were and are treated with much severity. Afflicting providences must be improved as humbling providences; and we lose the benefit, if our hearts are unhumbled and unbroken under them. This is a shadow of the sinner's deliverance from a far worse confinement. The awakened sinner discovers his guilt and misery. Having struggled in vain for deliverance, he finds there is no help for him but in the mercy and grace of God. His sin is forgiven by a merciful God, and his pardon is accompanied by deliverance from the power of sin and Satan, and by the sanctifying and comforting influences of God the Holy Spirit.
    Ellen G. White
    The Ministry of Healing, 255

    “Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good:
    For His mercy endureth forever.
    Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    Whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
    MH 255.1

    “Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him:
    Talk ye of all His wondrous works.
    Glory ye in His holy name:
    Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.”
    MH 255.2

    “For He satisfieth the longing soul,
    And filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
    Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    Being bound in affliction and iron; ...
    They cried unto the Lord in their trouble,
    And He saved them out of their distresses.
    He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    And brake their bands in sunder.
    Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness,
    And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
    MH 255.3

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