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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Psalms 76



Verse 1

Title. A Psalm. Hebrew. mizmor. App-65.

Song. Hebrew. shir. App-65.

of Asaph = by Asaph. The fifth of the twelve Asaph Psalms. App-63. Psalms 76:1, Psalms 76:5, Psalms 76:8, and Psalms 76:11 are in the third person. Psalms 76:4, Psalms 76:7, Psalms 76:10 and are in the second person. The Structure is determined by the two Selahs; and points to the historic event, the taking of Jebus by David (2 Samuel 5:4-9) 960B.C.

Judah. Great emphasis on the locality. Note the three terms, Judah, Salem, Zion, and "there" (Psalms 76:3).

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

known = made known, or making Himself known.

Israel. Named because the taking of Jebus was in connection with David"s taking of the throne of Israel.

Verse 2

Salem. The ancient Jebusite name for Jerusalem. Compare Genesis 14:18. Hebrews 7:1, Hebrews 7:2.

is = is come; or is setup.

tabernacle: i.e. David"s tabernacle on Zion. in Psalms 18:11 = pavilion, or dwelling. Hebrew. sukkah, not "ohel.

Zion. This is where David"s tabernacle was set up after the taking of Jebus. Compare 2 Samuel 5:6-10; 2 Samuel 5:6; 2 Samuel 7:1, 2 Samuel 7:2, &c. See App-68. Zion had no place in history till this event.

Verse 3

There. Emphatic. Hebrew. sham. Compare Genesis 2:8. Exodus 40:3 (therein). Deuteronomy 1:39 (thither). 2 Chronicles 6:11 (in it).

brake He = hath He broken in pieces.

battle. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for other weapons used in battle.

Selah. Connecting the Jebusite defeat with God Who gave it; and passing on from the third person to the second. See App-66. Note the emphasis on "Thou".

Verse 4

mountains of prey. The great mountain (Zion) which had become a prey: i.e. a prey seized, as in next verse; the mighty men bad become a spoil, or been plundered.

Verse 5

none . . . found their hands. Idiom for helplessness. Like losing heart or finding heart (2 Samuel 7:27).

men. Hebrew. "enosh. App-14.

Verse 6

God of Jacob. See note on Psalms 75:9.

Both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulg, read "the horsemen are stunned".

cast into a dead sleep. One word in Hebrew = stunned.

Verse 9

meek = the patient oppressed ones.

Selah. Connecting God"s judgment on Jebusites, and making it a ground of praise. See App-66.

Verse 10

man. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

Verse 11

pay unto. Figure of speech Ellipsis (App-6) = "pay [thy vows] unto".

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

presents. Plural of majesty: i.e. a great or ceremonial present.

Verse 12

spirit. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 76:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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