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Bible Commentaries

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 47

Verses 1-9

This Ps., though akin to Psalms 46, 48, is less definitely historical, and simply summons the earth to join in a chorus of praise to God as the victorious King, not only of Israel, but of all the nations of the world.

1. People] RV ’peoples.’ So in Psalms 47:3, Psalms 47:9.

3. Shall subdue.. shall choose] RM ’subdueth.. chooseth..’

4. The excellency (or ’pride’) of Jacob] the fair land of Israel.

5. Gone up] to heaven, in triumph after the battle: see Psalms 68:11.

7. With understanding] RM ’in a skilful psalm (Maschil).’

8. Reigneth.. sitteth] better, ’hath become king.. hath taken his seat.’

9. Even the people] RVTo be the people’—the Gentiles actually becoming the people of the true God. Possibly the right reading is, ’together with the people’—the Gentiles joining with the Jews in homage to Jehovah.

Shields of the earth] the princes: see Psalms 89:18; Hosea 4:18 (RM).

Verses 1-9

This Ps., though akin to Psalms 46, 48, is less definitely historical, and simply summons the earth to join in a chorus of praise to God as the victorious King, not only of Israel, but of all the nations of the world.

1. People] RV ’peoples.’ So in Psalms 47:3, Psalms 47:9.

3. Shall subdue.. shall choose] RM ’subdueth.. chooseth..’

4. The excellency (or ’pride’) of Jacob] the fair land of Israel.

5. Gone up] to heaven, in triumph after the battle: see Psalms 68:11.

7. With understanding] RM ’in a skilful psalm (Maschil).’

8. Reigneth.. sitteth] better, ’hath become king.. hath taken his seat.’

9. Even the people] RVTo be the people’—the Gentiles actually becoming the people of the true God. Possibly the right reading is, ’together with the people’—the Gentiles joining with the Jews in homage to Jehovah.

Shields of the earth] the princes: see Psalms 89:18; Hosea 4:18 (RM).

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 47". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/psalms-47.html. 1909.