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Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 136

 

 

Verses 1-26

Psalm 136

Theme- Psalm 136 resounds with the declaration of God's mercy and love towards His creation. The Hebrew word "mercy" "hesed" ( חֵסֵד) (H 2617) is used twenty-six times in this Psalm , one use for each verse. The phrase "for his mercy endureth for ever" closes each verse of the psalm. This psalm reveals that God's eternal love is the foundation or basis for all that He does for mankind and His creation, and within the context of this Psalm , for the children of Israel.

Structure - The writer of Psalm 136 opens with a call for everyone to give thanks unto the Lord because of His eternal mercy and love towards creation ( Psalm 136:1). He first declares God's majesty (2-4), then declares two of God's greatest wonders: the creation of the heavens and the earth ( Psalm 136:5-9), and the children of Israel's deliverance from Egypt and entrance into the Promised Land ( Psalm 136:10-22). The psalmist acknowledges God in his personal redemption ( Psalm 136:23-25), then closes by repeating his opening call for everyone to give thanks unto the Lord ( Psalm 136:26).

Psalm 136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 136:4Comments- In Psalm 136:4 the psalmist states that God alone does great wonders, then he declares two of His greatest wonders, the story of Creation ( Psalm 136:5-9), and the story of Israel's deliverance from bondage and entrance into the Promised Land ( Psalm 136:10-22).

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-136.html. 2013.

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