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Psalms 97



Verse 1-2

Psalm 97:1-12. The writer celebrates the Lord‘s dominion over nations and nature, describes its effect on foes and friends, and exhorts and encourages the latter.

This dominion is a cause of joy, because, even though our minds are oppressed with terror before the throne of the King of kings (Exodus 19:16; Deuteronomy 5:22), we know it is based on righteous principles and judgments which are according to truth.

Verses 3-5

The attending illustrations of God‘s awful justice on enemies (Psalm 83:14) are seen in the disclosures of His almighty power on the elements of nature (compare Psalm 46:2; Psalm 77:17; Habakkuk 3:6, etc.).

Verse 6

heavens — or, their inhabitants (Psalm 50:6), as opposed to “nations” in the latter clause (compare Isaiah 40:5; Isaiah 66:18).

Verse 7

Idolaters are utterly put to shame, for if angels must worship Him, how much more those who worshipped them.

all ye gods — literally, “all ye angels” (Psalm 8:5; Psalm 138:1; Hebrews 1:6; Hebrews 2:7). Paul quotes, not as a prophecy, but as language used in regard to the Lord Jehovah, who in the Old Testament theophania is the second person of the Godhead.

Verse 8-9

The exaltation of Zion‘s king is joy to the righteous and sorrow to the wicked.

daughters of Judah — (Compare Psalm 48:11).

Verse 9

above all gods — (Psalm 95:3).

Verses 10-12

Let gratitude for the blessings of providence and grace incite saints (Psalm 4:3) to holy living. Spiritual blessings are in store, represented by light (Psalm 27:1) and gladness.

Verse 11

sown — to spring forth abundantly for such, who alone can and well may rejoice in the holy government of their sovereign Lord (compare Psalm 30:4; Psalm 32:11).


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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 97:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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