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Psalms 147



Verse 1

Psalm 147:1-20. This and the remaining Psalms have been represented as specially designed to celebrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem (compare Nehemiah 6:16; Nehemiah 12:27). They all open and close with the stirring call for praise. This one specially declares God‘s providential care towards all creatures, and particularly His people.

(Compare Psalm 92:1; Psalm 135:3).

Verse 2

(Compare Psalm 107:3; Isaiah 11:12).

Verse 3

Though applicable to the captive Israelites, this is a general and precious truth.

wounds — (Compare Margin).

Verse 4-5

God‘s power in nature (Isaiah 40:26-28, and often) is presented as a pledge of His power to help His people.

telleth … stars — what no man can do (Genesis 15:5).

Verse 6

That power is put forth for the good of the meek and suffering pious, and confusion of the wicked (Psalm 146:8, Psalm 146:9).

Verses 7-9

His providence supplies bountifully the wild animals in their mountain homes.

Sing … Lord — literally, “Answer the Lord,” that is, in grateful praise to His goodness, thus declared in His acts.

Verse 10-11

The advantages afforded, as in war by the strength of the horse or the agility of man, do not incline God to favor any; but those who fear and, of course, trust Him, will obtain His approbation and aid.

Verse 13

strengthened … gates — or, means of defense against invaders,

Verse 14
borders — or, territories (Genesis 23:17; Isaiah 54:12).

filleth thee, etc. — (Compare Margin).

Verses 15-18

God‘s Word, as a swift messenger, executes His purpose, for with Him to command is to perform (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:9), and He brings about the wonders of providence as easily as men cast crumbs.

Verse 17

morsels — used as to food (Genesis 18:5), perhaps here denotes hail.

Verse 19-20

This mighty ruler and benefactor of heaven and earth is such especially to His chosen people, to whom alone (Deuteronomy 4:32-34) He has made known His will, while others have been left in darkness. Therefore unite in the great hallelujah.


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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 147:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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