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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 147

Introduction

1The prophet exhorts to praise God for his care of the church;
4his power and wisdom;
6his mercy;
7his providence;
12to praise him for his blessings upon the kingdom;
15for his power over the elements;
19and for his ordinances in the church.

Verse 1

Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
for it is good
63:3-5; 92:1; 135:3
and praise
33:1; 42:4; 122:1-4; Revelation 5:9-14; 19:1-6
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 12:12 - And ye; Psalm 50:14 - Offer; Psalm 54:6 - for it; Psalm 107:8 - praise; Psalm 112:1 - Praise ye the Lord

Verse 2

The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
build
51:18; 102:13-16; Nehemiah 3:1-16; 7:4; Isaiah 14:32; 62:7; Jeremiah 31:4; Daniel 9:25; Matthew 16:18
he
102:20-22; Deuteronomy 30:3; Ezra 2:64,65; 8:1-14; Isaiah 11:11,12; 27:13; 56:8; Jeremiah 32:37; Ezekiel 36:24-38; 37:21-28; 38:8; 39:27,28; Ephesians 2:12-19
Reciprocal: Nehemiah 1:9 - yet will I; Psalm 102:16 - When; Isaiah 44:26 - that saith; Jeremiah 31:28 - so; Jeremiah 49:36 - the outcasts; Micah 4:6 - and I

Verse 3

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
healeth
51:17; Job 5:18; Isaiah 57:15; 61:1; Jeremiah 33:6; Hosea 6:1,2; Malachi 4:2; Luke 4:18
wounds
Heb. griefs.
Isaiah 1:5,6
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:26 - for I am; 2 Kings 20:5 - I will heal; Psalm 30:2 - and; Psalm 34:18 - unto them; Psalm 41:4 - heal; Psalm 103:3 - healeth; Psalm 107:20 - healed; Proverbs 3:8 - shall; Proverbs 18:14 - spirit; Isaiah 38:5 - I have seen; Isaiah 42:3 - bruised; Matthew 9:12 - They that be whole; Matthew 12:20 - bruised; Mark 5:29 - straightway; Luke 10:34 - bound; John 12:40 - heal; 1 Peter 2:24 - healed; Revelation 22:2 - healing

Verse 4

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
He
8:3; 148:3; Genesis 15:5; Isaiah 40:26
Reciprocal: Job 9:9 - maketh; Job 38:37 - number; Isaiah 48:13 - when

Verse 5

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
Great
48:1; 96:4; 99:2; 135:5; 145:3; 1 Chronicles 16:25; Jeremiah 10:6; 32:17-19; Nahum 1:3; Revelation 15:3
his understanding is infinite
Heb. of his understanding there is no number.
40:5; 139:17,18; Isaiah 40:28; Romans 11:33
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 2:3 - a God; Job 12:13 - wisdom; Job 28:23 - General; Job 36:5 - mighty; Job 37:16 - perfect; Psalm 89:8 - a strong; Isaiah 40:26 - bringeth; Daniel 2:20 - for wisdom; Romans 16:27 - only

Verse 6

The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
lifteth up
25:9; 37:11; 145:14; 146:8,9; 149:4; 1 Samuel 2:8; Zephaniah 2:3; Matthew 5:5; James 4:10; 1 Peter 3:4; 5:6
he casteth
55:23; 73:18,19; 146:9; 2 Peter 2:4-9
Reciprocal: Numbers 12:3 - very; Psalm 102:10 - thou hast; Ezekiel 28:17 - I will cast

Verse 7

Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
47:6,7; 68:32; 92:1-3; 95:1,2; 107:21,22; Exodus 15:20,21; Revelation 5:8-10
Reciprocal: Acts 14:17 - and gave; Ephesians 5:19 - making; Revelation 7:12 - thanksgiving; Revelation 14:2 - harpers

Verse 8

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
covereth
135:1; Genesis 9:14; 1 Kings 18:44,45; Job 26:8,9; 36:27-33; 38:24-27; Isaiah 5:6
prepareth
65:9-13; 104:13,14; Job 5:10; Jeremiah 14:22; Joel 2:23; Amos 5:7,8; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17; James 5:17,18
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:11 - Let the; Job 36:32 - General; Job 38:26 - on the wilderness; Job 40:20 - the mountains; Psalm 65:10 - settlest the furrows thereof; Psalm 145:15 - The eyes; Jeremiah 5:24 - that giveth; Jeremiah 10:13 - He causeth; Joel 2:22 - afraid; 1 Corinthians 9:9 - Doth

Verse 9

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
104:27,28; 136:25; 145:15,16; Job 38:41; Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:24
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:29 - to you; Genesis 1:30 - General; Genesis 6:21 - General; Genesis 8:7 - a raven; Numbers 22:32 - Wherefore; 1 Kings 17:4 - I have commanded; Job 36:32 - General; Job 38:26 - on the wilderness; Job 40:20 - the mountains; Psalm 36:6 - thou; Psalm 50:11 - know; Psalm 65:9 - greatly; Psalm 104:12 - sing; Psalm 104:14 - causeth; Psalm 104:21 - seek; Joel 1:20 - cry; Joel 2:22 - afraid; Luke 12:6 - and; 1 Corinthians 9:9 - Doth

Verse 10

He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
delighteth
20:7; 33:16-18; Job 39:19-25; Proverbs 21:31; Isaiah 31:1; Hosea 1:7
he taketh
1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Samuel 1:23; 2:18-23; Ecclesiastes 9:11
Reciprocal: Numbers 14:8 - delight; Joshua 11:6 - horses; Judges 5:22 - horsehoofs; 1 Chronicles 28:4 - among the sons; Job 22:3 - any pleasure; Job 39:11 - trust; Psalm 33:17 - his great; Psalm 37:23 - delighteth; Ecclesiastes 5:4 - for; Isaiah 9:17 - have no joy; Isaiah 30:16 - for we will; Jeremiah 46:6 - not; 1 Peter 3:4 - which is in

Verse 11

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
taketh
35:27; 149:4; Proverbs 11:20; 31:30; Isaiah 62:4; Zephaniah 3:17; Malachi 3:16,17; 1 Peter 3:4
fear
33:18,22; 1 Peter 1:13,17
Reciprocal: Genesis 22:12 - now; Numbers 14:8 - delight; Joshua 11:6 - horses; Judges 5:22 - horsehoofs; 1 Samuel 16:7 - Look not; 2 Samuel 2:18 - was as light; 2 Samuel 22:20 - delighted; 2 Kings 4:1 - thy servant did fear; 1 Chronicles 28:4 - among the sons; Nehemiah 5:15 - because; Job 22:3 - any pleasure; Psalm 13:5 - But; Psalm 32:10 - but; Psalm 52:8 - I trust; Psalm 103:13 - them; Psalm 115:11 - General; Psalm 119:38 - who is devoted; Psalm 125:1 - that trust; Psalm 128:1 - every one; Ecclesiastes 5:4 - for; Ecclesiastes 9:11 - that the race; Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Fear; Song of Solomon 5:1 - I have gathered; Song of Solomon 7:10 - his; Isaiah 5:7 - his pleasant plant; Isaiah 53:10 - the pleasure; Jeremiah 39:18 - because; Jeremiah 46:6 - not; Ezekiel 18:23 - not that; Daniel 3:28 - that trusted; Matthew 18:13 - he rejoiceth; Luke 1:50 - General; John 4:23 - the Father seeketh; Hebrews 10:6 - thou; Hebrews 10:38 - my; Revelation 11:18 - and them

Verse 12

Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
praise thy God
135:19-21; 146:10; 149:2; Isaiah 12:6; 52:7; Joel 2:23
Reciprocal: Psalm 69:35 - God; Isaiah 33:13 - ye that are near; Isaiah 41:10 - for I am thy God

Verse 13

For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
he hath
48:11-14; 51:18; 125:2; Nehemiah 3:1-16; 6:1; 7:1; 12:30; Lamentations 2:8,9; 4:12; Daniel 9:25
blessed
115:14,15; 128:3-6; 144:12; Isaiah 44:3-5; Jeremiah 30:19,20; Zechariah 8:3-5; Luke 19:42-44
Reciprocal: Psalm 69:35 - God; Jeremiah 51:30 - her bars; Nahum 3:13 - thy bars

Verse 14

He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
He maketh peace, etc
Heb. Who maketh thy border peace.
29:11; 122:6; Leviticus 26:6; 1 Chronicles 22:9; Isaiah 9:6,7; 60:17,18; 66:12; Zechariah 9:8
filleth
132:11; Deuteronomy 8:7,8; Ezekiel 27:17
finest of the wheat
Heb. fat of wheat.
81:16; *marg:; Deuteronomy 32:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 45:18 - the fat; Ruth 1:6 - in giving; Psalm 132:15 - bless her provision; Ezekiel 16:13 - thou didst; John 6:9 - barley

Verse 15

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
sendeth
33:9; 107:20,25; Job 34:29; 37:12; Jonah 1:4; Matthew 8:8,9,13
his word
68:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; *marg:
Reciprocal: Psalm 147:18 - General; Psalm 148:8 - Fire; Ezekiel 1:14 - General

Verse 16

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
giveth
148:8; Job 37:6; Isaiah 55:10
scattereth
Job 37:9,10; 38:29
Reciprocal: Exodus 16:14 - the hoar frost

Verse 17

He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
casteth
78:47,48; Exodus 9:23-25; Joshua 10:11; Job 38:22,23
who can stand
Job 38:29,30

Verse 18

He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
15; Job 6:16,17; 37:10,17
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:10 - blow; Jeremiah 51:16 - bringeth; Amos 4:13 - and createth

Verse 19

He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
sheweth
76:1; 78:5; 103:7; Deuteronomy 33:2-4; Malachi 4:4; Romans 3:2; 9:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17
word
Heb. words.
Exodus 20:1-21; Deuteronomy 4:12,13; *marg:; Deuteronomy 5:22
his statutes
Exodus 21:1-23; Deuteronomy 4:1,8,45; 5:31; 6:1; Malachi 4:4
Reciprocal: Leviticus 15:2 - unto the; Deuteronomy 7:14 - blessed; Deuteronomy 18:14 - hath not suffered; Deuteronomy 26:17 - to keep; Deuteronomy 30:11 - it is not hidden; Deuteronomy 32:10 - he instructed; Deuteronomy 33:3 - he loved; Judges 6:37 - only; Psalm 19:7 - law; Psalm 19:9 - judgments; Psalm 33:12 - Blessed; Psalm 107:20 - He sent; Psalm 118:2 - General; Psalm 135:19 - General; Song of Solomon 8:8 - she hath; Isaiah 22:1 - of vision; Isaiah 33:22 - lawgiver; Isaiah 63:7 - mention; Jeremiah 8:8 - the law; Lamentations 1:7 - all her; Ezekiel 20:11 - I gave; Hosea 8:12 - written; Amos 3:2 - only; Mark 12:1 - and set; Luke 7:9 - not in; John 4:22 - we worship; Acts 13:26 - children; Romans 2:14 - which; Romans 2:18 - knowest; Galatians 3:19 - It was added; Ephesians 2:17 - that

Verse 20

He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
not dealt so
Deuteronomy 4:32-34; Proverbs 29:18; Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-41; Acts 14:16; 26:27,18; Romans 3:1,2; Ephesians 2:12; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9,10 Reciprocal: Exodus 33:16 - separated; Exodus 34:10 - I will do marvels; Leviticus 15:2 - unto the; Deuteronomy 4:8 - General; Deuteronomy 7:14 - blessed; Deuteronomy 18:14 - hath not suffered; Deuteronomy 26:17 - to keep; Deuteronomy 30:11 - it is not hidden; Deuteronomy 32:10 - he instructed; Deuteronomy 33:3 - he loved; Judges 6:37 - only; 2 Samuel 7:23 - what one; 1 Chronicles 17:21 - what one; Psalm 19:7 - law; Psalm 33:12 - Blessed; Psalm 76:1 - In Judah; Psalm 118:2 - General; Psalm 135:19 - General; Song of Solomon 8:8 - she hath; Isaiah 22:1 - of vision; Isaiah 33:22 - lawgiver; Isaiah 51:4 - O my; Isaiah 63:7 - mention; Jeremiah 13:11 - I caused; Lamentations 1:7 - all her; Ezekiel 16:7 - excellent ornaments; Ezekiel 20:11 - I gave; Hosea 8:12 - written; Malachi 4:4 - the law; Mark 12:1 - and set; Luke 7:9 - not in; Acts 13:26 - children; Acts 17:23 - To; Romans 2:14 - which; Romans 2:18 - knowest; Galatians 3:19 - It was added; Ephesians 2:17 - that; Hebrews 3:10 - they have

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 147". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-147.html.