To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, let their table be made a snare, and a trap and a stumbling block, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. But that this should be extended almost to the whole nation, is not to be wondered at; for we know, that not only the chief men were incensed against David, but that the common people were also opposed to him. nor in the LXX, and is perhaps inserted by the Apostle to give emphasis by the accumulation of synonymes), and for a stumbling-block and for a recompense to them (the LXX have εἰς παγίδα κ. εἰς ἀνταπόδοσιν κ. εἰς σκάνδαλον. BibliographyWesley, John. "Commentary on Romans 11:9". Romans 11:9-10. https: "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". From πήγνυμι tomake fast. In his time it had been fulfilled; and the very national privileges of the Jews, on which they so much prided themselves, and which might have been so great blessings, were the occasion of their greater sin in rejecting the Messiah, and of their greater condemnation. Let their table be made a snare, &c.: some take these words for a prayer; others, a prophecy. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. What does this verse really mean? No portion of the Old Testament Scriptures is more frequently referred to, as descriptive of our Lord's sufferings, than the Psalm 69 and 22. 1700-1703. Though these words may be literally understood of their table mercies, the necessary provisions of life, their common food and drink, of which they had great scarcity in their last wars; so that they not only by wicked methods stole it from one another, but ate what was forbidden by their law, and what was abhorrent to nature, as one is said to eat her own child; nor is it to be overlooked what is suggested by some, that the passover may be meant by their "table"; which was their grand yearly feast, and which they were eating (s) when they were surrounded and taken by the Roman army, like birds in a net, or beasts in a trap: and all this as. The petition is, that while they were seeking refreshment and joy, and anticipating at their table no danger, it might be made the means of their ruin. To imprecate, or to pronounce a curse on others, or to wish others accursed, was forbidden even under the law, and it is expressly forbidden under the gospel, Matthew 5:44; we have the example of our Savior praying for his enemies even on the cross; and yet we find that God pronounced a curse on all the transgressors of the law, Deuteronomy 27:26, — that Christ pronounced a curse on Chorazin and Bethsaida, — that the Psalmist often imprecated vengeance on his enemies, Psalms 5:10; Psalms 109:7, — that the Apostle cursed Alexander the coppersmith, 2 Timothy 4:14, — and that John bids us not to pray for him who sins the sin unto death, 1 John 5:16. And a trap. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 1905. Only here and Luke 14:12. Lord! A recompence - Of their preceding wickedness. 1851. So the situation described is typical of the present situation = now, as then, the wrath of GOD works side by side with His grace. Snare ... trap ... stumblingblock ... As Murray said, these words are closely related, and precise distinctions of meaning are not to be pressed. So sin is punished by sin; and thus the gospel, which should have fed and strengthened their souls, is become a means of destroying them. "Commentary on Romans 11:9". So of the Jews. The imprecations of the Psalm ‘are to be considered as the language of an ideal person, representing the whole class of righteous sufferers, and particularly Him who, though He prayed for His murderers while dying (Luke 23:34), had before applied the words of this very passage to the unbelieving Jews (Matthew 23:38), as Paul did afterwards’ (J. Isaiah 47:5, "Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans," for ‘Thou shalt sit, etc.' let their table be made a snare, and a trap and a stumbling block. a net, the instrument of capture. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Only here in the New Testament, and neither in the Hebrew nor Septuagint. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". The justification of this use of the passage is that to the Psalmist also the persecutors were his own people. They might lead us to God, and should excite our gratitude and praise; but they are often abused to our spiritual slumber and guilt, and made the occasion of our ruin. 9., Psalms 69:22 f., Psalms 35:8 (θήρα). they must become spiritually blinded, αὐτῶν εἰς παγίδα καὶ εἰς θήραν καὶ εἰς σκάνδαλον καὶ εἰς ἀνταπόδομα αὐτοίς, αὐτῶν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν εἰς παγίδα καὶ εἰς ἀνταπόδοσιν καὶ εἰς σκάνδαλον, Let their—be made before their eyes into a snare, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. In fact this phrase is an interpretation of the entire verse. The Heb. The judgments here denounced are expressed in figurative language. 9,10. That imprecations are to be used very warily, and only in weighty matters. θήρα = a net; cf. Their table ... is also suggestive of what Jesus said regarding the temple, "Behold your house is left unto you desolate" (Matthew 23:38), indicating that even divine things, set up by God himself, if perverted and debased to serve human ends, lose all their sanctity, thus being no longer God's but "theirs.". Put by Figure of speech Metaphor for material prosperity. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. It is not in the Hebrew nor in the Septuagint, and is perhaps inserted by the Apostle to give emphasis by the accumulation of synonymes’ (Alford). David here may mean nothing more than the book of Psalm. They are decoyed into it, or walk or fly carelessly into it, and it is sprung suddenly on them. Lit., a hunting. And David saith, Let their table be for a snare and for a net ( θήρα more usually ‘a hunt,’ or the act of taking or catching,—but here and in ref. These and other expressions of David, which look like imprecations, may as well be accounted prophetical predictions, foretelling what will come upon obstinate sinners, rather than praying that evil may come. The apostle does not say whether this prayer was right or wrong. .—In the very moment of their feasting, let them be caught in a stratagem of their enemies. Now David having, by the Spirit of prophecy, prayed down such miseries upon the Jews, they must be fulfilled; therefore the general unbelief and hardness of heart that is amongst that people is not to be wondered at.