6, 7. (Compare
Though we deserve much, do not the heathen deserve more for their
violence to us
The singular denotes the chief power, and the use of the plural
indicates the combined confederates.
called upon--or, "by"
thy name--proclaimed Thy attributes and professed allegiance (Isa 12:4; Ac 2:21).
8. former iniquities--literally, "iniquities of former times."
prevent us--literally, "meet us," as in Ps 21:3.
9. for . . . glory of thy name [and for] thy name's sake--both
mean for illustrating Thy attributes, faithfulness, power, &c.
purge . . . sins--literally, "provide atonement for us." Deliverance from sin and suffering, for their good and God's glory, often distinguish the prayers of Old Testament saints (compare Eph 1:7).
12. into their bosom--The lap or folds of the dress is used by Eastern people for receiving articles. The figure denotes retaliation (compare Isa 65:6, 7). They reproached God as well as His people.