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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 72

 

 

Verses 1-20

Psalm 72

Introduction- The verses in Psalm 72are a two-fold prophecy. They describe both the reign of King Solomon over the nation of Israel, and they describe the coming reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 72:1 (A Psalm for Solomon.) Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king"s son.

Psalm 72:1 — "A Psalm for Solomon" - Comments- Although Solomon wrote 1 ,005 Song of Solomon , only two have been recorded in the book of Psalm (72,127). A third one is recorded in the Scriptures as the book called the Song of Solomon.

1 Kings 4:32, "And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five."

Psalm 127:1, A Song of degrees for Solomon. "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."

Psalm 72:1 — "and thy righteousness unto the king"s son" - Comments- Solomon was well known at the king"s Song of Solomon , following in the footsteps of King David.

Psalm 72:7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

Psalm 72:7Comments- The name Solomon means "peace" ( 1 Chronicles 22:9). During his reign, the kingdom of Israel had great peace ( 1 Kings 4:24).

1 Chronicles 22:9, "Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Song of Solomon , and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days."

1 Kings 4:24, "For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him."

Psalm 72:7 is also a divine prophecy of the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

Psalm 72:8Comments- This two-fold prophecy describes the extent of Solomon"s reign ( 1 Kings 4:24), and also is a description of the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Kings 4:24, "For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him."

Psalm 72:9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

Psalm 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Psalm 72:10 — "The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents" - Scripture Reference- Note:

2 Chronicles 9:21, "For the king"s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks."

Psalm 72:10 — — "the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts" - Scripture Reference- Note:

1 Kings 10:1-2, "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Song of Solomon , she communed with him of all that was in her heart."

Psalm 72:18-20Comments- Psalm 72:18-20 serves as the closing of book 2. They do not necessarily apply to Psalm 72only, but rather to Psalm 42through 72of book 2.

Psalm 72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

Psalm 72:20Comments- The Psalm of book 2are 42thru 72. Of these thirty-one Psalm , nineteen are attributed to David (51thru 70). This ending may refer to this smaller collection of Davidic Psalm within book 2.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 72:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-72.html. 2013.

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