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John Trapp Complete Commentary
Psalms 135



Verse 1

Psalms 135:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD praise [him], O ye servants of the LORD.

Ver. 1. Praise ye the Lord, Praise ye] Praise, praise, praise. When duties are thus inculcated it noteth the necessity and excellence thereof; together with our dulness and backwardness thereunto.

O ye servants of the Lord] See Psalms 134:1.

Verse 2

Psalms 135:2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God,

Ver. 2. Ye that stand in the house] See Psalms 134:1.

In the courts] Where the people also had a place, 2 Chronicles 4:9, and are required to bear a part in this heavenly Hallelujah.

Verse 3

Psalms 135:3 Praise the LORD for the LORD [is] good: sing praises unto his name; for [it is] pleasant.

Ver. 3. Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good] sc. Originally, transcendently, effectively; he is good and doeth good, Psalms 119:68, and is therefore to be praised with mind, mouth, and practice.

For it is pleasant] An angelical exercise, and, to the spiritually minded man, very delicious. To others, indeed, who have no true notion of God but as of an enemy, it is but as music at funerals, or as the trumpet before a judge, no comfort to the mourning wife, or guilty prisoner.

Verse 4

Psalms 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, [and] Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Ver. 4. For the Lord hath chosen] God’s distinguishing grace should make his elect lift up many a humble, joyful, and thankful heart to him.

And Israel for his peculiar treasure] Such as he maketh more reckoning of than of all the world besides. The Hebrew word here rendered peculiar treasure, seemeth to signify a jewel made up of three precious stones, in the form of a triangle, Segullah inde dici Segol, grammatici volunt. The saints are God’s jewels, Malachi 3:17, his ornament, yea, the beauty of his ornament, and that set in majesty, Ezekiel 7:20, his royal diadem, Isaiah 62:3.

Verse 5

Psalms 135:5 For I know that the LORD [is] great, and [that] our Lord [is] above all gods.

Ver. 5. For I know that the Lord is great] As well as good, Psalms 135:3. This I believe and know, [John 6:69] saith the psalmist; and do therefore make it my practice to praise him.

And that our Lord is above all gods] Whether they be so deputed, as magistrates, or reputed, as idols.

Verse 6

Psalms 135:6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, [that] did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

Ver. 6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased] This the heathens did never seriously affirm of any their dunghill deities; sure it is that none of them could say, I know it to be so. De diis utrum sint, non ausim affirmare, said one of their wise men.

Verse 7

Psalms 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

Ver. 7. He causeth the vapours] Not Jupiter, but Jehovah. {See Jeremiah 10:13} He is the right Nubicoga, maker of the meteors, whether fiery, airy, or watery, Job 26:8-9; Job 28:26-27; Job 37:11; Job 37:15-16; Job 38:9. See the notes there.

He maketh lightnings for the rain] Or, with the rain, which is very strange, viz. that fire and water should mingle, and hard stones come out of the midst of thin vapours.

He bringeth the wind out of his treasuries] Or, coffers, storehouses, where he holdeth them close prisoners during his pleasure. This the philosopher knew not, and thence it is that they are of so diverse in their opinions about the winds. See Job 36:27-28; Job 37:11; Job 37:15-16 throughout.

Verse 8

Psalms 135:8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

Ver. 8. Who smote the firstborn of Egypt] And thereby roused up that sturdy rebel Pharaoh, who began now to open his eyes, as they say the blind mole doth when the pangs of death are upon him; and to stretch out himself, as the crooked serpent doth when deadly wounded.

Verse 9

Psalms 135:9 [Who] sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.

Ver. 9. Who sent tokens and wonders] Vocal wonders, Exodus 4:8, to be as so many warning pieces.

Verse 10

Psalms 135:10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;

Ver. 10. Who smote great nations] Who, by their great sins, had greatly polluted their land; and filled it with filth from one end to another, Ezra 9:11.

And slew mighty kings] Heb. bony, big, massive fellows, quasi ossatos, sive torosos, as the word signifieth.

Verse 11

Psalms 135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:

Ver. 11. Sihon king of the Amorites] A giant like Cyclops.

And Og king of Bashan] Of whom the Jews fable, that, being one of the antediluvian giants, he escaped the flood, by riding astride upon the ark.

Verse 12

Psalms 135:12 And gave their land [for] an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.

Ver. 12. And gave their land for an heritage] Which he might well do, as being the true proprietary and paramount.

Verse 13

Psalms 135:13 Thy name, O LORD, [endureth] for ever; [and] thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.

Ver. 13. Thy name, O Lord, &c.] Else, O nos ingratos!

Verse 14

Psalms 135:14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

Ver. 14. For the Lord will judge his people] Iudicabit, id est vindicabit, he will preserve them, and provide for their welfare.

And he will repent himself] This is mutatio rei non Dei, effectus non affectus. Some render it, He will be propitious; others, He will take comfort in his servants. See 10:16.

Verse 15

Psalms 135:15 The idols of the heathen [are] silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Ver. 15. The idols of the heathen] See Psalms 115:4-6, &c.

Verse 16

Psalms 135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

Ver. 16. The idols of the heathen] See Psalms 115:4-6, &c.

Verse 17

Psalms 135:17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there [any] breath in their mouths.

Ver. 17. Neither is there any breath in their mouths] If they utter oracles, it was the devil in them, and by them. As for those statues of Daedalus which are said to have moved, spoken, and run away if they were not tied to a place, &c., it is either a fiction, or else to be attributed to causes external and artificial, as quicksilver, &c. (Aristot.; Diod.; Sic.; Plato).

Verse 18

Psalms 135:18 They that make them are like unto them: [so is] every one that trusteth in them.

Ver. 18. They that make them, &c.] See Psalms 115:8.

Verse 19

Psalms 135:19 Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron:

Ver. 19. Bless the Lord] And not an idol, Isaiah 66:3, as the Philistines did their Dagon; and as Papists still do their male and female saints.

Verse 20

Psalms 135:20 Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.

Ver. 20. Ye that fear the Lord] Ye devout Proselytes.

Verse 21

Psalms 135:21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Ver. 21. Blessed be the Lord out of Zion] Therehence he blesseth, Psalms 134:3, and there he is to be blessed.

Which dwelleth at Jerusalem] That was the seat of his royal residence, per inhabitationis gratiam, saith Austin, by the presence of his grace; who, by his essence and power, is everywhere.

Enter, prmsenter, Deus hic et ubique potenter.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 135:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. 1865-1868.

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