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Psalms 136

 

 

Introduction
1An exhortation to give thanks to God for particular mercies.

Verse 1
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Title
&) This Psalm is little else than a repetition of the preceding, with the addition of the burden, "for his mercy endureth for ever," at the end of each verse; and it was doubtless composed on the same occasion. It seems evidently to have been a responsive song; the first part of the verse being probably sung by the Levites, and the burden by the people.
Give thanks
105:1; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 119:68; 2 Chronicles 7:3,6; Ezra 3:11; Jeremiah 33:11
for his mercy
103:17; 1 Chronicles 16:34,41; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Luke 1:50; Jude 1:21

Verse 2
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the God
82:1; 97:7,9; Exodus 18:11; Deuteronomy 10:17; Joshua 22:22; 2 Chronicles 2:5; Daniel 2:47

Verse 3
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the Lord
1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16

Verse 4
To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
who alone
72:18; 86:10; Exodus 15:11; Job 5:9; Revelation 15:3

Verse 5
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
33:6; 104:24; Genesis 1:1; Proverbs 3:19,20; 8:22-29; Jeremiah 51:15

Verse 6
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
24:2; 104:2,3; Genesis 1:9; Job 26:7; 37:18; Isaiah 40:22; 44:24; Jeremiah 10:12; Zechariah 12:1; 2 Peter 3:5-7

Verse 7
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
74:16,17; 104:19; Genesis 1:14-19; Deuteronomy 4:19

Verse 8
The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun
148:3; Jeremiah 31:35; Matthew 5:45
to rule
Heb. for the rulings.

Verse 9
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The moon and stars
The sun is the monarch of day, the state of light; the moon of the night, the state of darkness. The rays of the sun falling on the atmosphere, are refracted and diffused over the whole of the hemisphere of the earth immediately under his orb; while those rays of that vast luminary which, because of the earth's smallness in comparison with the sun, are diffused on all sides beyond the earth, falling on the opaque disc of the moon, are reflected back on the lower hemisphere, or the part of the earth opposite the sun. But the reflected light being 50,000 times less in intensity than that of the sun, there is a sufficient distinction between day and night, though each is ruled and determined by one of these two great lights.
8:3; 89:36,37; Job 31:26

Verse 10
To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
78:51; 105:36; 135:8; Exodus 11:5,6; 12:12,29; Hebrews 11:28

Verse 11
And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
brought out
78:52; 105:37; Exodus 12:51; 13:3,17; 1 Samuel 12:6-8

Verse 12
With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Exodus 6:6; 13:14; 15:6; Deuteronomy 11:2-4; Isaiah 51:9,10; Jeremiah 32:21; Acts 7:36

Verse 13
To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
66:5,6; 74:13; 78:13; 106:9-11; Exodus 14:21,22,29; Isaiah 63:12,13; Hebrews 11:29

Verse 14
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
pass through
78:13; 106:9; Exodus 14:22

Verse 15
But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
But overthrew
Heb. But shaked off.
78:53; 135:9; Exodus 14:27,28; 15:4,5,10,11; Nehemiah 9:10,11
for his mercy
65:5; 79:6-9; 143:12; Exodus 15:12,13; Luke 1:71-74

Verse 16
To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
77:20; Exodus 13:18; 15:22; Numbers 9:17-22; Deuteronomy 8:2,15; Nehemiah 9:12,19; Isaiah 49:10; 63:11-14

Verse 17
To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
135:10,11; Joshua 12:1-24

Verse 19
Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Numbers 21:21,23; Deuteronomy 2:30-36; 29:7

Verse 20
And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Numbers 21:33; Deuteronomy 3:1-29

Verse 21
And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
44:2,3; 78:55; 105:44; 135:12; Numbers 32:33-42; Deuteronomy 3:12-17; Joshua 12:1-7; Joshua 13:1-21; Nehemiah 9:22-24

Verse 22
Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
47:4

Verse 23
Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
remembered
102:17; 106:43-45; Genesis 8:1; Deuteronomy 32:36; Isaiah 63:9; Ezekiel 16:3-13; Luke 1:48,52
in our low estate
72:12-14; 113:7; 116:6; 142:6; 1 Samuel 2:7,8

Verse 24
And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Exodus 15:13; Deuteronomy 15:15; Proverbs 23:10,11; Isaiah 63:9; Luke 1:68-74; Titus 2:14

Verse 25
Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
who giveth food
104:27; 145:15; 147:9

Verse 26
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the God of heaven
1-3; 115:3; 123:1; Jonah 1:9; Revelation 11:13

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-136.html.

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