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Psalms 47



Verse 1

Psalm 47:1-9. Praise is given to God for victory, perhaps that recorded (2 Chronicles 20:20-30); and His dominions over all people, Jews and Gentiles, is asserted.

clap … hands … people — literally, “peoples,” or “nations” (compare Deuteronomy 32:43; Psalm 18:49; Psalm 98:9).

Verse 2-3

His universal sovereignty now exists, and will be made known.

Verse 3

under us — that is, His saints; Israel‘s temporal victories were types of the spiritual conquests of the true Church.

Verse 4
inheritance — the heathen to be possessed by His Church (Psalm 2:8), as Canaan by the Jews.

excellency of Jacob — literally, “pride,” or, that in which he glories (not necessarily, though often, in a bad sense), the privileges of the chosen people -

whom he loved — His love being the sole cause of granting them.

Verses 5-7

God, victorious over His enemies, reascends to heaven, amid the triumphant praises of His people, who celebrate His sovereign dominion. This sovereignty is what the Psalm teaches; hence he adds,

sing … praises with understanding — literally, “sing and play an instructive (Psalm).” The whole typifies Christ‘s ascension (compare Psalm 68:18).

Verse 8-9

The instruction continued.

throne of … holiness — or, “holy throne” (see on Psalm 2:6; see on Psalm 23:4).

Verse 9

princes — who represent peoples. For -

even — supply, “as,” or, “to” - that is, they all become united under covenant with Abraham‘s God.

shields — as in Hosea 4:18, “rulers” [Margin].


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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 47:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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