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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 136:2

 

 

Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Adam Clarke Commentary

The God of gods - האדנים לאדני ladonai haadonim . As adonai signifies director, etc., it may apply here, not to idols, for God is not their god; but to the priests and spiritual rulers; as Lord of lords may apply to kings and magistrates, etc. He is God and ruler over all the rulers of the earth, whether in things sacred or civil.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-136.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

O give thanks unto the God of gods - See Deuteronomy 10:17. The supreme God; the God superior to all that is called God, or that is adored by the nations of the earth; above all to whom the name God is ever applied.

For his mercy … - The ground of praise here is, that it is a characteristic of the supreme God that he is a merciful Being; that there is blended in his character eternal mercy with infinite power. Mere power might fill us with dread; power mingled with mercy, and able to carry out the purposes of mercy, must lay the foundation for praise.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-136.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

O give thanks unto the God of gods,.... Not only of the gods of the Gentiles, who are by name and not by nature gods; or of civil magistrates, who are so called, and seem to be designed in the next verse; but the angels, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi. Christ, our Immanuel, is the God of them, the object of their worship and adoration, being their Creator and Preserver, Psalm 97:7. So the Heathens sayF18Hierocles in Carm. Pythagor. p. 10. of the Maker of all things, him you may properly call the God of gods, the Supreme and Best; this title Janus has with themF19Macrob. Saturnal. l. 1. c. 9. ;

for his mercy endureth for ever; in the preservation of those excellent creatures from apostasy, when many of their species fell; and in the continuance and confirmation of them in the state in which they were created; and in making use of them as ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation; and as a guard about them while they live, and at death to convey their souls to heaven.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-136.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The God of gods — Who is infinitely superior to all that are called gods, whether angels, or princes, or idols.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-136.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ver. 2. For his mercy endureth for ever] This is the foot or burden of the whole song; neither is it any idle repetition, but a notable expression of the saints’ unsatisfiableness in praising God for his never failing mercy. These heavenly birds, having got a note, record it over and over. In the last psalm there are but six verses, yet twelve Hallelujahs.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-136.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The God of gods; who is infinitely superior to all that are called gods, whether angels, or princes, or idols.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-136.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Willow. With which the Euphrates was lined, Isaias xv. 7. It passed through the city, which was adored with trees, and contained extensive tracts of land for cultivation. (Calmet) --- Babylon may also include all the territory. (Berthier) --- Instruments. Hebrew Kinnor means properly the ancient lyre, but here it is put for all instruments of music. (Calmet) --- In grief, music was laid aside, Isaias xxiv. 8., Ezechiel xxvi. 13., and Apocalypse xviii. 21. Yet Christians may unite spiritual canticles with holy compunction, Colossians iii. 16. We must not expose the word of truth to the ridicule of infidels. (Berthier)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-136.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

O give thanks. Note the Figures of speech Coenotes and Anaphora (App-6) in verses: Psalms 136:1, Psalms 136:2, Psalms 136:3.

God of gods. Hebrew. Elohim.of the elohim. App-4.

gods. Hebrew. "elohim. See note on Psalms 135:5 and Exodus 22:9.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-136.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods ... O give thanks to the Lord of lords - from Deuteronomy 10:17. The thrice repeated "O give thanks" points to the Trinity, and also to the thrice-repeated Mosaic blessing (Numbers 6:24-26)


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-136.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 136:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-136.html.

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