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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Psalms 24

 

 

Verse 1

Psalm 24:1-10. God‘s supreme sovereignty requires a befitting holiness of life and heart in His worshippers; a sentiment sublimely illustrated by describing His entrance into the sanctuary, by the symbol of His worship - the ark, as requiring the most profound homage to the glory of His Majesty.

fullness — everything.

world — the habitable globe, with

they that dwell — forming a parallel expression to the first clause.


Verse 2

Poetically represents the facts of Genesis 1:9.


Verse 3-4

The form of a question gives vivacity. Hands, tongue, and heart are organs of action, speech, and feeling, which compose character.

hill of the Lord — (compare Psalm 2:6, etc.). His Church - the true or invisible, as typified by the earthly sanctuary.


Verse 4

lifted up his soul — is to set the affections (Psalm 25:1) on an object; here,

vanity — or, any false thing, of which swearing falsely, or to falsehood, is a specification.


Verse 5

righteousness — the rewards which God bestows on His people, or the grace to secure those rewards as well as the result.


Verse 6

Jacob — By “Jacob,” we may understand God‘s people (compare Isaiah 43:22; Isaiah 44:2, etc.), corresponding to “the generation,” as if he had said, “those who seek Thy face are Thy chosen people.”


Verses 7-10

The entrance of the ark, with the attending procession, into the holy sanctuary is pictured to us. The repetition of the terms gives emphasis.


Verse 10

Lord of hosts — or fully, Lord God of hosts (Hosea 12:5; Amos 4:13), describes God by a title indicative of supremacy over all creatures, and especially the heavenly armies (Joshua 5:14; 1 Kings 22:19). Whether, as some think, the actual enlargement of the ancient gates of Jerusalem be the basis of the figure, the effect of the whole is to impress us with a conception of the matchless majesty of God.

 


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 24:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-24.html. 1871-8.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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