BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 64 – Headline “Shot Down”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 64

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The comparison between Rain and Arrow, they both come down from heaven.

Oppressed by the Wicked but Rejoicing in the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God (‘ĕlōhîm), in my meditation (complaint);
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Psalm 64:Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
  • If David were “hid” by God, he would be hidden in the darkness of unseen things. Likewise, secret plots are also hidden in darkness.
Psalm 64:Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
  • In this verse the word for arrow is ḥēṣ H2861: a piercer
Psalm 64:That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
Psalm 64:They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who will see them?”
Psalm 64:They devise iniquities:
“We have perfected a shrewd scheme.”
Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.
Psalm 64:But God (‘ĕlōhîm) shall shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenly they shall be wounded.
  • The word for arrow in verse 7 is different from the arrow in verse 3 and its meaning is different: This arrow is God’s Son who comes down from heaven, it flows down, like the rain. Both the arrow and the rain are compared to the Messiah who comes down from heaven. Both mean “teacher” in Hebrew. See topic: Jesus as Rain
    • H3384 – yārâ teacher, archer, water, rain
      h3138 yôrâ –early rain, autumn shower, from H3384 (flow, teach)

      Example: Jeremiah 5:24 They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former rain (h3138 yôrâ -early rain, autumn shower, from H3384 to flow, teach) which falls in Palestine from late Oct until early Dec) – and the latter.
  • To have God shoot at them with HIs arrow is Jesus’ return to earth when the evil men will be wounded because of His judgments and wrath.
  • In order to shoot arrows one must have a ‘bow”. A “bow” is symbolic of an oath/covenant, like Noah’s “Rain-Bow”. Which literally can be called “The Messiah’s Covenant”.
Psalm 64:So He will make them stumble over their own tongue;
All who see them shall flee away.
Psalm 64:All men shall fear,
And shall declare the work of God (‘ĕlōhîm);
For they shall wisely consider His doing.
Psalm 64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord (‘ĕlōhîm), and trust in Him.
And all the upright in heart shall glory.
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