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Psalms 113



Verses 1-3

Psalm 113:1-9. God‘s majesty contrasted with His condescension and gracious dealings towards the humble furnish matter and a call for praise. The Jews, it is said, used this and Psalms 114-118 on their great festivals, and called them the Greater Hallel, or Hymn.

Earnestness and zeal are denoted by the emphatic repetitions.

servants of the Lord — or, all the people of God.

name of the Lord — perfections (Psalm 5:11; Psalm 111:9).

Verse 3

From the rising, etc. — all the world.

Verses 4-6

God‘s exaltation enhances His condescension;

Verse 7-8

which condescension is illustrated as often in raising the worthy poor and needy to honor (compare 1 Samuel 2:8; Psalm 44:25).

Verse 9

On this special case, compare 1 Samuel 2:21. Barrenness was regarded as a disgrace, and is a type of a deserted Church (Isaiah 54:1).

the barren woman … house — literally, “the barren of the house,” so that the supplied words may be omitted.


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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 113:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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