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Bible Commentaries

Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 76

Verses 1-12

Like the previous Ps. this is a song of national deliverance, which may have been called forth, as the title in LXX suggests, by the overthrow of Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:21; Isaiah 37:36). In Psalms 76:1-6 God is described as returning to His dwelling-place in Zion from the mountains where He has overthrown His adversaries. In Psalms 76:7-9 another figure is introduced which represents God as uttering sentence from heaven upon His enemies, while the earth is hushed in silence. Psalms 76:10 explains how God gains glory even from the rebelliousness of men, and Psalms 76:11-12 call the whole world to render Him the homage which is due to His terrible majesty.

Title.—Neginoth] see on Psalms 4.

2. Salem] Jerusalem.

3. Selah] see on Psalms 3:4.

4. More glorious.. than] RV ’glorious.. from.’ Mountains of prey] God comes back like a lion from hunting and slaying His foes.

8. Judgment] RV ’sentence.’ 10b. RV ’the residue.. gird upon thee.’ The spent and powerless anger of men is worn as an ornament by God, or becomes His sword by which they are destroyed.

Verses 1-12

Like the previous Ps. this is a song of national deliverance, which may have been called forth, as the title in LXX suggests, by the overthrow of Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:21; Isaiah 37:36). In Psalms 76:1-6 God is described as returning to His dwelling-place in Zion from the mountains where He has overthrown His adversaries. In Psalms 76:7-9 another figure is introduced which represents God as uttering sentence from heaven upon His enemies, while the earth is hushed in silence. Psalms 76:10 explains how God gains glory even from the rebelliousness of men, and Psalms 76:11-12 call the whole world to render Him the homage which is due to His terrible majesty.

Title.—Neginoth] see on Psalms 4.

2. Salem] Jerusalem.

3. Selah] see on Psalms 3:4.

4. More glorious.. than] RV ’glorious.. from.’ Mountains of prey] God comes back like a lion from hunting and slaying His foes.

8. Judgment] RV ’sentence.’ 10b. RV ’the residue.. gird upon thee.’ The spent and powerless anger of men is worn as an ornament by God, or becomes His sword by which they are destroyed.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 76". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/psalms-76.html. 1909.