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John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible
Psalms 96



Verses 1-13

This is a triumphant song of praise to God (Psalms 96:1-3), contrasting His power and glory with the nothingness of the heathen idols (Psalms 96:4-6), calling all the earth to worship Him (Psalms 96:7-9), exulting in His rule (Psalms 96:10), and calling all nations to rejoice in the prospect of His coming in judgment (Psalms 96:11-13). The tone of the Ps. is closely akin to that of Isaiah 40-66, and was in all likelihood inspired by the deliverance from exile. The existence of the second Temple will then be implied in Isaiah 66:6, Isaiah 66:8. This Ps. has been wrought into the composite poem of 1 Chronicles 16:8-36.

3. Heathen] RV 'nations.' So inv. 10. People] RV 'peoples' So in Psalms 96:7, Psalms 96:10, Psalms 96:13.

9. The beauty of holiness] RM 'holy array.'

13. God's judgment is welcomed and not feared, for it means the deliverance of His people and the overthrow of their enemies.


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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 96:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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