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Bible Commentaries

Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 147

Verses 1-20

CXLVII. The LXX, perhaps rightly, divides the Ps. into two, Psalms 147:1-11 and Psalms 147:12-20.

Psalms 147:1-11 . An invitation to praise Yahweh for His almighty power and His kindness to Israel. Observe how the two thoughts are intertwined. After Psalms 147:8 c the LXX has, “ and herbage for the service of men.” In Psalms 147:10 “ the legs of a man” is curious. Swift running is a characteristic of the Homeric heroes, but the emendation, “ armour of a man,” is tempting.

Psalms 147:12-20 . The thought of Psalms 147:1-11 recurs, here addressed to Jerusalem and specially to Zion. In Psalms 147:17 ice is said to be sent forth in small fragments. Perhaps the Psalmist was thinking of hail.

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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on Psalms 147". "Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". 1919.