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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 135

 

 

Introduction
1An exhortation to praise God for his mercy;
5for his power;
8for his judgments.
15The vanity of idols.
19An exhortation to bless God.

Verse 1
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.
A. M. 3000. B.C. 1004. (Title.) Bp. Patrick supposes this to be the morning hymn which the precentor called upon the Levites to sing at the opening of the gates of the temple, as the foregoing was sung at the shutting in the evening; but it is more probable that it was composed by Solomon, to be sung at the dedication of the temple
Praise ye the Lord
33:1,2; 96:1-4; 106:1; 107:8,15; 111:1; 112:1; 113:1; 117:1,2; 150:6
Praise ye the name
7:17; 102:21; 113:2,3; 148:13; Exodus 34:5-7; Nehemiah 9:5
O ye servants
113:1; 134:1; 149:1-3

Verse 2
Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God,
that stand
1 Chronicles 16:37-42; 23:30; Nehemiah 9:5; Luke 2:37
the courts
92:13; 96:8; 116:19

Verse 3
Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
for the Lord
106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 119:68; 136:1; 145:7,8; Matthew 19:17
for it is
33:1; 63:5; 92:1,2; 147:1

Verse 4
For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
the Lord
33:12; Deuteronomy 7:6,7; 10:15; 1 Samuel 12:22; Isaiah 41:8; 43:20,21; Zechariah 2:10-12; 1 Peter 2:9
his peculiar
Exodus 19:5,6; Deuteronomy 32:9; Malachi 3:17; Titus 2:14

Verse 5
For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
I know
48:1; 86:8-10; 89:6; 95:3; 96:4,5; 97:9; Deuteronomy 10:17; Isaiah 40:22,25; Jeremiah 10:10,11; Daniel 3:29; 6:26,27

Verse 6
Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
Whatsoever
33:9,11; 115:3; Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Amos 4:13; 9:6; Matthew 28:18
in the seas
136:13-15; Matthew 8:26,27; 14:25

Verse 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.
He causeth
148:8; Genesis 2:5,6; 1 Kings 18:1,41-45; Job 5:10; Jeremiah 10:13; 14:22; 51:16; Zechariah 10:1
he maketh lightnings
Dr. Russel informs us that seldom a night passes at Aleppo without much lightning in the north-west, but not attended with thunder; and when it appears in the west or south-western points, it is a sure sign of the approaching rain, which is often followed with thunder. See the note on Job 38:26.
Job 28:25,26; 38:24-28; 107:25; 148:8; Job 38:22,23; Jonah 1:4; John 3:8

Verse 8
Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
smote
78:51; 105:36; 136:10; Exodus 12:12,29,30; 13:15
both of man and beast
Heb. from man unto beast.

Verse 9
Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
sent tokens
78:43-50; 105:27-29; Exodus 7:1-15; Deuteronomy 4:34; Nehemiah 9:10; Isaiah 51:9,10; Jeremiah 32:20,21; Acts 7:36
upon Pharaoh
136:15

Verse 10
Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
smote
44:2,3; 136:17-22

Verse 11
Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
Sihon
Numbers 21:21-35; Deuteronomy 2:30-37; 3:1-11; Nehemiah 9:22
and all the
Joshua 10:1-12

Verse 12
And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
gave their
44:1-3; 78:55; 136:21,22; Numbers 33:54; Joshua 11:23; 12:7

Verse 13
Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.
Thy name
8:1,9; 72:17; 102:12,21; Exodus 3:15; 34:5-7; Hosea 12:5; Matthew 6:9,13
throughout all generations
Heb. to generations and generations.
89:1; *marg:

Verse 14
For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
the Lord
7:8; 50:4; 96:13
he will repent
Deuteronomy 32:36; Judges 10:16; 1 Chronicles 21:15; Hosea 11:8,9; Amos 7:3,6; Jonah 4:2

Verse 15
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
idols
115:4-8; Deuteronomy 4:28; Isaiah 37:19; 40:19,20; 44:9-20; 46:6,7; Jeremiah 10:3-11; Habakkuk 2:18,19; Acts 17:29

Verse 16
They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
eyes have they
Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:14-16

Verse 18
They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
They that
97:7; 115:8; Isaiah 44:18-20; Jeremiah 10:8; 2 Corinthians 4:4

Verse 19
Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron:
115:9-11; 118:1-4; 145:10; 147:19,20; 148:14; Revelation 19:5

Verse 21
Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
out of Zion
76:2; 134:3; 2 Chronicles 6:6
which dwelleth
48:1,9; 132:13,14; Isaiah 12:6

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 135:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-135.html.

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