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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 115

Introduction

1Because God is truly glorious,
4and idols are vanity,
9he exhorts to confidence in God.
12God is to be blessed for his blessings.

Verse 1

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
A. M. 3108. B.C. 896. (Title.) This seems to be an [epinikion] or triumphal song, in which the victory is wholly ascribed to Jehovah; and to none can it be referred with more propriety than to that of Jehoshaphat over the confederated forces of his enemies, 2 Ch 20.
unto us
74:22; 79:9,10; Joshua 7:9; Isaiah 48:11; Ezekiel 20:14; 36:32; Daniel 9:19; Ephesians 1:6; Revelation 4:10,11
for thy mercy
61:7; 89:1,2; Micah 7:20; John 1:17; Romans 15:8,9
Reciprocal: Numbers 31:54 - a memorial; Deuteronomy 7:7 - The Lord; Deuteronomy 9:28 - Because; Deuteronomy 32:27 - they should; Judges 8:3 - God; 1 Samuel 14:6 - for there is no restraint; 2 Samuel 7:21 - thy word's; 2 Samuel 7:26 - let thy; 2 Samuel 18:28 - Blessed; 1 Chronicles 16:28 - glory; 1 Chronicles 29:14 - that we should; Psalm 44:8 - praise; Psalm 65:1 - Praise; Psalm 116:5 - Gracious; Psalm 138:2 - and praise; Isaiah 33:5 - The Lord; Jeremiah 14:7 - do; Ezekiel 20:22 - wrought; Ezekiel 20:44 - when I; Ezekiel 36:22 - General; Acts 12:23 - because; Romans 11:36 - to whom; 1 Corinthians 3:7 - General; Ephesians 3:21 - be; Philippians 4:20 - unto; Revelation 7:10 - Salvation

Verse 2

Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
42:3,10; 79:10; Exodus 32:12; Numbers 14:15,16; Deuteronomy 32:26,27; 2 Kings 19:10-19; Joel 2:17
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 9:28 - Because; 1 Kings 20:22 - at the return; 2 Kings 2:14 - Where is; 1 Chronicles 16:28 - glory; Psalm 65:1 - Praise; Isaiah 33:5 - The Lord; Isaiah 36:18 - Hath; Ezekiel 36:22 - General; Daniel 9:19 - thine; Micah 7:10 - Where

Verse 3

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
But our
2:4; 68:4; 123:1; 1 Chronicles 16:25; Matthew 6:9
he hath
135:6; Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Romans 9:19; Ephesians 1:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 17:1 - Almighty; Deuteronomy 4:39 - the Lord; Judges 14:4 - it was of the Lord; 1 Kings 20:22 - at the return; 2 Chronicles 20:6 - God in heaven; 2 Chronicles 32:13 - were the gods; Job 22:12 - not God; Job 23:13 - and what; Psalm 95:7 - For he; Psalm 96:5 - For; Psalm 97:9 - far; Psalm 103:19 - prepared; Psalm 136:26 - the God of heaven; Ecclesiastes 5:2 - for; Isaiah 16:12 - but; Isaiah 57:15 - I dwell; Jeremiah 51:19 - portion; Daniel 2:28 - a God; Daniel 3:17 - our God; Jonah 1:14 - for; Micah 1:3 - place; Habakkuk 2:20 - the Lord; Romans 4:21 - he was able

Verse 4

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
Their idols
They are metal, stone, and wood; and though generally made in the form of man, they can neither see, hear, smell, feel, walk, nor speak! Even the wiser heathen made them the objects of their jests.
97:7; 135:15-17; Deuteronomy 4:28; Isaiah 40:19,20; 42:17; 46:1,2,6,7; Jeremiah 10:3-5; Hosea 8:6; Habakkuk 2:18-20; Acts 19:26,35; 1 Corinthians 10:19,20
Reciprocal: Exodus 20:4 - General; Leviticus 26:1 - Ye shall; Judges 6:31 - if he be; Judges 17:3 - a graven image; 1 Samuel 5:5 - neither; 1 Samuel 12:21 - cannot profit; 1 Kings 14:9 - thou hast gone; 1 Kings 16:7 - with the work; 1 Kings 18:26 - no voice; 2 Kings 17:29 - made gods; 2 Kings 19:18 - for they were; 2 Kings 22:17 - the works; 1 Chronicles 16:26 - all the gods; 2 Chronicles 25:15 - which could; Psalm 106:28 - of the dead; Isaiah 2:8 - worship; Isaiah 37:19 - no gods; Isaiah 41:29 - they are all; Jeremiah 2:11 - no gods; Jeremiah 2:13 - broken cisterns; Jeremiah 2:27 - to a stock; Jeremiah 10:4 - deck; Jeremiah 10:9 - are all; Jeremiah 10:14 - and; Jeremiah 16:20 - General; Daniel 3:1 - made; Daniel 5:4 - of gold; Daniel 5:23 - which; Hosea 13:2 - have made; Acts 17:29 - we ought; 1 Corinthians 8:4 - we know; Galatians 4:8 - ye did; Ephesians 4:18 - the understanding; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - the Lord; Revelation 9:20 - and idols

Verse 8

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
135:18; Isaiah 44:9-20; Jeremiah 10:8; Jonah 2:8; Habakkuk 2:18,19
Reciprocal: Judges 9:46 - an hold; Judges 18:24 - what have; 2 Kings 17:15 - vanity; Isaiah 40:21 - General; Isaiah 41:24 - ye are; Isaiah 45:20 - they; Isaiah 46:8 - Remember; Jeremiah 2:5 - and are; Jeremiah 51:17 - Every; Ezekiel 6:6 - your works

Verse 9

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
Israel
118:2-4; 135:19,20; Exodus 19:5
trust
62:8; 125:1; 130:7; 146:5,6; Jeremiah 17:17,18; Ephesians 1:12
their help
33:20,21; 84:11; Deuteronomy 33:29; Proverbs 30:5
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 22:3 - shield; Psalm 131:3 - Let Israel; Proverbs 3:5 - Trust; Hebrews 13:6 - The Lord

Verse 10

O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
Exodus 28:1; Numbers 16:5,40; 18:7

Verse 11

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
33:18; 118:4; 147:11; Proverbs 14:26; 30:5; Acts 10:35; Revelation 19:5
Reciprocal: Psalm 22:23 - Ye that

Verse 12

The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
hath
25:7; 136:23; Genesis 8:1; Exodus 2:24,25; Isaiah 44:21; 49:14-16; Acts 10:4
the house of Israel
67:7; Genesis 12:2,3; 2:17,18; Acts 3:26; Galatians 3:14,29; Ephesians 1:3
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:26 - thou bless; Numbers 6:27 - and I will; Deuteronomy 26:15 - bless thy; 2 Samuel 7:29 - let it please thee to bless; Psalm 1:1 - Blessed; Psalm 24:5 - receive

Verse 13

He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
He will bless
29:11; 112:1; 128:1,4,5; Malachi 3:16,17; 4:2; Luke 1:50; Acts 13:26; Colossians 3:11
both small
Acts 26:22; Revelation 11:18; 19:5; 20:12
and
Heb. with.
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:26 - thou bless; Numbers 6:27 - and I will; 1 Kings 8:40 - fear thee; 2 Kings 4:1 - thy servant did fear; 2 Kings 23:2 - both small and great; 2 Chronicles 15:13 - whether small; Psalm 5:12 - bless; Psalm 19:9 - The fear; Psalm 22:23 - Ye that; Psalm 24:5 - receive; Psalm 61:5 - heritage; Proverbs 13:13 - he; Proverbs 14:26 - fear; Ecclesiastes 8:12 - surely; Ecclesiastes 12:13 - for; Jeremiah 32:39 - for the; Matthew 25:34 - Come; Acts 11:14 - all; Revelation 13:16 - both

Verse 14

The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
Lord
Genesis 13:16; 2 Samuel 24:3; Isaiah 2:2,3; 27:6; 19:20,21; 56:8; 60:4-22; Jeremiah 30:19; 33:22; Hosea 1:10; Zechariah 8:20-23; 10:8; Revelation 7:4,9
you
Genesis 17:7; Jeremiah 32:38,39; Acts 2:39; 3:25
Reciprocal: Numbers 26:22 - General; Deuteronomy 1:11 - make you; 2 Samuel 22:36 - made me great; 1 Chronicles 21:3 - The Lord; Psalm 132:12 - their children; Psalm 144:12 - as plants; Psalm 147:13 - blessed; Proverbs 14:26 - fear; Isaiah 61:9 - they are; Isaiah 65:23 - for; Matthew 19:13 - brought; Mark 10:14 - Suffer; Acts 11:14 - all; Revelation 11:18 - and them

Verse 15

Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
blessed
3:8; Genesis 14:19; 32:26-29; Ephesians 1:3,4; 1 Peter 3:9
made
96:5; 146:5,6; Genesis 1:1
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:3 - the; Genesis 24:31 - thou; Genesis 26:29 - the blessed; Deuteronomy 7:14 - blessed; Deuteronomy 33:24 - Asher be blessed; 2 Samuel 2:5 - Blessed; 1 Chronicles 29:11 - all that; Psalm 37:22 - Blessed; Psalm 50:12 - world; Psalm 103:5 - satisfieth; Psalm 124:8 - General; Psalm 144:12 - as plants; Psalm 147:13 - blessed; Isaiah 19:25 - the Lord; Isaiah 65:23 - for; Jeremiah 27:5 - and have; Matthew 19:13 - brought; Mark 10:14 - Suffer; Acts 2:39 - the promise

Verse 16

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
heaven
89:11; 144:5; 148:4; Isaiah 66:1; Lamentations 3:66; John 14:2
but the earth
Genesis 1:28-30; 9:1-3; Deuteronomy 32:8; Jeremiah 27:5,6
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:29 - I have; Genesis 14:19 - possessor; Leviticus 25:2 - When ye; Numbers 33:53 - General; Deuteronomy 10:14 - the heaven; Joshua 2:9 - that the Lord; 1 Chronicles 29:11 - all that; Job 20:4 - man; Job 22:12 - not God; Job 41:11 - whatsoever; Psalm 19:1 - The heavens; Psalm 50:12 - world; Psalm 103:5 - satisfieth; Ecclesiastes 5:9 - the profit; Isaiah 45:18 - he created; Daniel 5:23 - the Lord; Acts 17:24 - seeing; 1 Corinthians 10:28 - for

Verse 17

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
dead
6:5; 30:9; 88:10-12; Isaiah 38:18,19
go down
31:17; 1 Samuel 2:9
Reciprocal: Joshua 24:29 - after these; Psalm 94:17 - dwelt

Verse 18

But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
113:2; 118:17-19; 145:2,21; Daniel 2:20; Revelation 5:13 Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:15 - Blessed; Psalm 30:9 - What; Psalm 121:8 - from this time; Psalm 131:3 - from henceforth; Isaiah 38:18 - the grave; Revelation 19:1 - Alleluia

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 115". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-115.html.