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Psalms 92



Verse 1

Psalm 92:1-15. A Psalm-song - (see on Psalm 30:1, title). The theme: God should be praised for His righteous judgments on the wicked and His care and defense of His people. Such a topic, at all times proper, is specially so for the reflections of the Sabbath day.

sing … name — celebrate Thy perfections.

Verse 2
every night — diligently and constantly (Psalm 42:8).

loving kindness — literally, “mercy.”

faithfulness — in fulfilling promises (Psalm 89:14).

Verse 3

In such a work all proper aid must be used.

with a … sound — or, on Higgaion (see on Psalm 9:16), perhaps an instrument of that name, from its sound resembling the muttered sound of meditation, as expressed also by the word. This is joined with the harp.

Verse 4

thy work — that is, of providence (Psalm 90:16, Psalm 90:17).

Verse 5
works — correspond to deep or vast thoughts (Psalm 40:5; Romans 11:23).

Verse 6

A brutish man knoweth not — that is, God‘s works, so the Psalmist describes himself (Psalm 73:22) when amazed by the prosperity of the wicked, now understood and explained.

Verse 8

This he does in part, by contrasting their ruin with God‘s exaltation and eternity.

most high — as occupying the highest place in heaven (Psalm 7:7; Psalm 18:16).

Verse 9-10

A further contrast with the wicked, in the lot of the righteous, safety and triumph.

Verse 10
exalt — is to increase power (Psalm 75:5).

anointed … fresh — or, “new”

oil — (Psalm 23:5) a figure for refreshment (compare Luke 7:46). Such use of oil is still common in the East.

Verse 11
[and] … hear my desire — or, literally, “look on” my enemies and hear of the wicked (compare Psalm 27:11; Psalm 54:7) - that is, I shall be gratified by their fall.

Verses 12-14

The vigorous growth, longevity, utility, fragrance, and beauty of these noble trees, set forth the life, character, and destiny of the pious;

Verse 15

and they thus declare God‘s glory as their strong and righteous ruler.


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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 92:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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