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Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 147

PSALM 147

:-. This and the remaining Psalms have been represented as specially designed to celebrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem (compare Nehemiah 6:16; Nehemiah 12:27). They all open and close with the stirring call for praise. This one specially declares God's providential care towards all creatures, and particularly His people.

Verse 1

1. (Compare Psalms 92:1; Psalms 135:3).

Verse 2

2. (Compare Psalms 107:3; Isaiah 11:12).

Verse 3

3. Though applicable to the captive Israelites, this is a general and precious truth.

wounds—(Compare Margin).

Verse 4

4, 5. God's power in nature ( :-, and often) is presented as a pledge of His power to help His people.

telleth . . . stars—what no man can do (Genesis 15:5).

Verse 6

6. That power is put forth for the good of the meek and suffering pious, and confusion of the wicked (Psalms 146:8; Psalms 146:9).

Verse 7

7-9. His providence supplies bountifully the wild animals in their mountain homes.

Sing . . . Lord—literally, "Answer the Lord," that is, in grateful praise to His goodness, thus declared in His acts.

Verse 10

10, 11. The advantages afforded, as in war by the strength of the horse or the agility of man, do not incline God to favor any; but those who fear and, of course, trust Him, will obtain His approbation and aid.

Verse 13

13. strengthened . . . gates—or, means of defense against invaders,

Verse 14

14. maketh . . . borders—or, territories (Genesis 23:17; Isaiah 54:12).

filleth thee, &c.—(Compare Margin).

Verse 15

15-18. God's Word, as a swift messenger, executes His purpose, for with Him to command is to perform (Genesis 1:3; Psalms 33:9), and He brings about the wonders of providence as easily as men cast crumbs.

Verse 17

17. morsels—used as to food (Genesis 18:5), perhaps here denotes hail.

Verse 18

15-18. God's Word, as a swift messenger, executes His purpose, for with Him to command is to perform (Genesis 1:3; Psalms 33:9), and He brings about the wonders of providence as easily as men cast crumbs.

Verse 19

19, 20. This mighty ruler and benefactor of heaven and earth is such especially to His chosen people, to whom alone ( :-) He has made known His will, while others have been left in darkness. Therefore unite in the great hallelujah.

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Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 147". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfb/psalms-147.html. 1871-8.