Psalm 74:20
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New International Version
Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.

King James Bible
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

Darby Bible Translation
Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence.

World English Bible
Honor your covenant, for haunts of violence fill the dark places of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Look attentively to the covenant, For the dark places of earth, Have been full of habitations of violence.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Have respect unto the covenant - הבט לברית habbet labberith. Pay attention to the covenant sacrifice; to that offered by Abraham, Genesis 15:9, etc., when the contracting parties, God and Abram, passed through between the separated parts of the covenant sacrifice. An indisputable type of Jesus Christ; and of God and man meeting in his sacrificed humanity.

The dark places of the earth - The caves, dens, woods, etc., of the land are full of robbers, cut-throats, and murderers, who are continually destroying thy people, so that the holy seed seems as if it would be entirely cut off and the covenant promise thus be rendered void.

The words may either apply to Chaldea or Judea. Judea was at this time little else than a den of robbers, its own natural inhabitants being removed. Chaldea was infested with hordes of banditti also.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 89:28,34-36 My mercy will I keep for him for ever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with him...

Psalm 105:8 He has remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant...

Exodus 24:6-8 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar...

Leviticus 26:40-45 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me...

Deuteronomy 9:27 Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness...

2 Samuel 23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure...

Jeremiah 33:20-26 Thus said the LORD; If you can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night...

Luke 1:72-75 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant...

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind...

the dark

Deuteronomy 12:31 You shall not do so to the LORD your God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hates, have they done to their gods...

Romans 1:29-31 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder...

Ephesians 4:17,18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind...


Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face.

Genesis 49:5-7 Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations...

The Meaning
Of the Red Dragon with Seven Heads fighting with Michael about the new-born Child. The first vision of the little book, of which we treated in the eleventh chapter, ran through the whole Apocalyptical course, from the beginning to the end, and that, as we elsewhere observed, to point out its connexion with the seals and trumpets. Now to that vision the remaining prophecies of the same interval, and of the affairs of the Church are to be accommodated, in order to complete the system of the little
Joseph Mede—A Key to the Apocalypse

The Wisdom of God
The next attribute is God's wisdom, which is one of the brightest beams of the Godhead. He is wise in heart.' Job 9:9. The heart is the seat of wisdom. Cor in Hebraeo sumitur pro judicio. Pineda. Among the Hebrews, the heart is put for wisdom.' Let men of understanding tell me:' Job 34:44: in the Hebrew, Let men of heart tell me.' God is wise in heart, that is, he is most wise. God only is wise; he solely and wholly possesses all wisdom; therefore he is called, the only wise God.' I Tim 1:17. All
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Genesis 17:7
I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

Psalm 88:6
You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.

Psalm 106:45
for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.

Psalm 143:3
The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.

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