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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 113

Introduction

1An exhortation to praise God for his excellency;
6for his mercy.

Verse 1

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
(Title
&) This and the following five Psalms form what is called by the Hebrews the great Hallel, or praise; which was sung on their most solemn festivals, and particularly after the celebration of the Passover. (See Mt 26:30. Mr 24:26.) This and the following were probably composed after the return from the captivity.
Praise ye the Lord
Heb. Hallelujah.
112:1
Praise, O
33:1,2; 103:20,21; 134:1; 135:1-3,20; 145:10; Ephesians 5:19,20; Revelation 19:5

Verse 2

Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
41:13; 106:48; 1 Chronicles 16:36; 29:10-13; Daniel 2:20; Ephesians 3:21; Revelation 5:13
Reciprocal: Psalm 8:1 - how; Psalm 115:18 - General; Psalm 121:8 - from this time; Psalm 135:1 - Praise ye the name; Psalm 145:1 - I will bless; John 11:53 - from

Verse 3

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.
72:11,17-19; 86:9; Isaiah 24:16; 42:10-12; 49:13; 59:19; Habakkuk 2:14; Malachi 1:11; Romans 15:9,10; Revelation 11:15
Reciprocal: Psalm 29:2 - glory; Psalm 48:10 - According; Psalm 50:1 - called; Psalm 103:12 - as the east; Psalm 135:1 - Praise ye the name; Psalm 145:6 - And men; Zephaniah 3:9 - that; Zechariah 8:7 - west country

Verse 4

The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
high
97:9; 99:2; Isaiah 40:15,17,22
his glory
8:1; 57:10,11; 1 Kings 8:27; Isaiah 66:1
Reciprocal: Psalm 57:5 - above; Psalm 148:13 - glory; Isaiah 57:15 - I dwell

Verse 5

Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
like
89:6,8; Exodus 15:11; Deuteronomy 33:26; Isaiah 40:18,25; 16:5; Jeremiah 10:6
dwelleth
Heb. exalteth himself to dwell.
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:23 - no God; 1 Kings 8:30 - and hear; 2 Chronicles 6:18 - But will; Job 16:19 - on high; Job 21:22 - he judgeth; Psalm 7:7 - return; Psalm 21:13 - Be thou; Psalm 123:1 - O thou; Psalm 138:6 - Though; Isaiah 6:1 - high; Isaiah 12:4 - his name; Isaiah 33:5 - he dwelleth; Isaiah 46:5 - General; Isaiah 63:15 - the habitation; Jeremiah 23:23 - General; Jeremiah 49:19 - who is like; Daniel 2:11 - whose; Micah 7:18 - a God; Luke 12:6 - and

Verse 6

Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
humbleth
11:4; Job 4:18; 15:15; Isaiah 6:2
in heaven
Bp. Lowth observes that the two members of this line are to be referred severally to the two preceding lines; as if it were, "Who is exalted to dwell in the heavens; and who humbleth himself to inspect the things on earth."
in the earth
138:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:30 - and hear; 2 Chronicles 6:18 - But will; 2 Chronicles 16:9 - the eyes; Job 21:22 - he judgeth; Psalm 7:7 - return; Psalm 123:1 - O thou; Psalm 148:4 - heavens; Isaiah 33:5 - he dwelleth; Isaiah 63:15 - the habitation; Jeremiah 49:19 - who is like; Daniel 2:11 - whose; Micah 7:18 - a God; Luke 1:52 - put; Luke 12:6 - and

Verse 7

He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
raiseth
75:6,7; 107:41; Job 5:11,15,16; Ezekiel 17:24; 21:26,27; Luke 1:52,53; James 2:5
out of
22:15; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2,3; Acts 2:31-33; Ephesians 1:20,21; 1 Peter 3:21,22
needy
1 Samuel 2:7,8; 24:14; 2 Samuel 7:8,9; Job 2:8; 36:6,7
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:14 - sent; 1 Kings 16:2 - I exalted thee; 1 Chronicles 17:8 - made thee; 1 Chronicles 29:12 - riches; Esther 2:17 - so that he set; Job 8:19 - out of the earth; Job 34:24 - set; Psalm 22:29 - all they that; Psalm 78:71 - brought; Psalm 107:11 - contemned; Psalm 136:23 - in our low estate; Proverbs 10:22 - it; Ecclesiastes 4:14 - For out; Isaiah 40:4 - valley; Daniel 2:21 - he removeth; Daniel 4:17 - the basest; Matthew 4:9 - I give; Luke 1:48 - regarded; Luke 6:20 - Blessed; Luke 14:21 - the poor; Acts 7:35 - the same; James 1:9 - in; James 4:10 - he

Verse 8

That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
45:16; 68:13; Genesis 41:41; Philippians 2:8-11; Revelation 5:9,10
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:14 - sent; 1 Samuel 2:8 - the poor; 1 Samuel 16:19 - with the sheep; 2 Samuel 7:9 - a great; 1 Kings 16:2 - I exalted thee; 1 Chronicles 17:8 - made thee; 1 Chronicles 29:12 - riches; Esther 2:17 - so that he set; Job 34:24 - set; Job 36:7 - with; Psalm 75:7 - he putteth; Psalm 78:71 - brought; Psalm 107:41 - setteth; Proverbs 10:22 - it; Ecclesiastes 4:14 - For out; Isaiah 40:4 - valley; Ezekiel 21:26 - exalt; Daniel 2:21 - he removeth; Daniel 4:17 - the basest; Matthew 4:9 - I give; Luke 1:48 - regarded; Luke 6:20 - Blessed; Luke 14:21 - the poor; Acts 7:35 - the same; James 1:9 - in

Verse 9

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
maketh
68:6; Genesis 21:5-7; 25:21; 30:22,23; 1 Samuel 2:5; Isaiah 54:1; Luke 1:13-15; Galatians 4:27
keep house
Heb. dwell in an house. Reciprocal: Genesis 11:30 - barren; Genesis 21:6 - God; Numbers 5:28 - and shall; Ruth 4:13 - the Lord; 2 Kings 4:17 - General; Ecclesiastes 3:2 - time to be born; Luke 1:58 - her neighbours; John 16:21 - for

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 113". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-113.html.