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Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 147



Verses 1-20

CXLVII. The LXX, perhaps rightly, divides the Ps. into two, Psalms 147:1-11 and Psalms 147:12-20.

Psalms 147:1-11. An invitation to praise Yahweh for His almighty power and His kindness to Israel. Observe how the two thoughts are intertwined. After Psalms 147:8 c the LXX has, "and herbage for the service of men." In Psalms 147:10 "the legs of a man" is curious. Swift running is a characteristic of the Homeric heroes, but the emendation, "armour of a man," is tempting.

Psalms 147:12-20. The thought of Psalms 147:1-11 recurs, here addressed to Jerusalem and specially to Zion. In Psalms 147:17 ice is said to be sent forth in small fragments. Perhaps the Psalmist was thinking of hail.


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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on Psalms 147:4". "Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". 1919.

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