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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 96

Dummelow's Commentary on the BibleDummelow on the Bible

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.

Bibliographical Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 96". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/psalms-96.html. 1909.
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