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Psalms 132



Verses 1-5

Psalm 132:1-18. The writer, perhaps Solomon (compare Psalm 132:8, Psalm 132:9), after relating David‘s pious zeal for God‘s service, pleads for the fulfillment of the promise (2 Samuel 7:16), which, providing for a perpetuation of David‘s kingdom, involved that of God‘s right worship and the establishment of the greater and spiritual kingdom of David‘s greater Son. Of Him and His kingdom both the temple and its worship, and the kings and kingdom of Judah, were types. The congruity of such a topic with the tenor of this series of Psalms is obvious.

This vow is not elsewhere recorded. It expresses, in strong language, David‘s intense desire to see the establishment of God‘s worship as well as of His kingdom.

remember David — literally, “remember for David,” that is, all his troubles and anxieties on the matter.

Verse 5

habitation — literally, “dwellings,” generally used to denote the sanctuary.

Verse 6

These may be the “words of David” and his pious friends, who,

at Ephratah — or Beth-lehem (Genesis 48:7), where he once lived, may have heard of the ark, which he found for the first time

in the fields of the wood — or, Jair, or Kirjath-jearim (“City of woods”) (1 Samuel 7:1; 2 Samuel 6:3, 2 Samuel 6:4), whence it was brought to Zion.

Verse 7

The purpose of engaging in God‘s worship is avowed.

Verse 8-9

The solemn entry of the ark, symbolical of God‘s presence and power, with the attending priests, into the sanctuary, is proclaimed in the words used by Solomon (2 Chronicles 6:41).

Verses 10-12

For thy servant David‘s sake — that is, On account of the promise made to him.

turn … anointed — Repulse not him who, as David‘s descendant, pleads the promise to perpetuate his royal line. After reciting the promise, substantially from 2 Samuel 7:12-16 (compare Acts 2:30, etc.), an additional plea,

Verse 13

is made on the ground of God‘s choice of Zion (here used for Jerusalem) as His dwelling, inasmuch as the prosperity of the kingdom was connected with that of the Church (Psalm 122:8, Psalm 122:9).

Verses 14-18

That choice is expressed in God‘s words, “I will sit” or “dwell,” or sit enthroned. The joy of the people springs from the blessings of His grace, conferred through the medium of the priesthood.

Verse 17
to bud — enlarge his power.

a lamp — the figure of prosperity (Psalm 18:10, Psalm 18:28; Psalm 89:17). With the confounding of his enemies is united his prosperity and the unceasing splendor of his crown.


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 132:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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