70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;

Other Translations of Psalm 78:70

King James Version

70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:

English Standard Version

70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;

The Message

70 Then he chose David, his servant, handpicked him from his work in the sheep pens.

New King James Version

70 He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;

New Living Translation

70 He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 78:70

Commentary on Psalm 78:56-72

(Read Psalm 78:56-72)

After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.