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John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 24



Verses 1-10

This Ps. is generally, and very appropriately, connected with the occasion when David brought up the ark from the house of Obededom to the tent prepared for it on Mt. Zion. It declares the universal sovereignty of God the Creator (Psalms 24:1-2), and describes the character of those who may approach His earthly dwelling (Psalms 24:3-6). Then there follows a twice-repeated scene, in which the gates of Jerusalem are summoned to open, that God, as represented by the ark, may enter; while the warders ask who the approaching conqueror is, and the people reply that He is the Lord of hosts (Psalms 24:7-10).

1. The fulness] all that fills it, all that is in it.

2. This v. expresses the ancient idea of the structure of the universe, with 'waters under the earth' (Genesis 7:11; Exodus 20:4).

4. Cp. Psalms 15.

5. Righteousness] is a gift of God and a part of the salvation He bestows.

6. O Jacob] RV 'O God of Jacob.' Selah] see on Psalms 3:4.

7. Lift up your heads] as if to make the entrance more roomy. Everlasting] RM 'ancient,' with an illimitable history behind them.

10. The Lord of hosts] one of the great OT. titles of God. The 'hosts' may include the armies of Israel, as well as the stars and angels who form 'the host of heaven.' Selah] see on Psalms 3:4.


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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 24:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.

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