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Psalms 136:4

 

 

To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

Adam Clarke Commentary

Who alone doeth great wonders - Miracles. No power but that which is almighty can work miracles, נפלאות niphlaoth, the inversion, or suspension, or destruction of the laws of nature.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-136.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

To him who alone doeth great wonders - Miracles; marvelous things; things which spring from his direct and absolute power; things lying beyond the range of natural laws. See the notes at Psalm 72:18.

For his mercy … - For all these mighty wonders are performed in carrying out purposes of mercy. So the wonders which were done in Egypt were for the deliverance of an oppressed people; so the miracles performed by the Saviour and his apostles were to remove disease and pain, and to establish a religion of mercy; so the divine interpositions among the nations are to assert the principles of righteousness, to secure the reign of order and love, and to promote the welfare of mankind.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-136.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

To him who alone doeth great wonders,.... As in the works of creation at first, having no help from angels or men; so in the works of providence, many of which are unsearchable, and past finding out, and in which he has no assistance from creatures; and in the works of grace, redemption, and salvation, which his own arm has wrought out; as well as what he did when here on earth in our nature; the miracles then wrought by his omnipotent arm alone; and even all the wonders which Moses and Elijah did under the Old Testament, and the apostles of Christ under the New, were done, not by their power, but by his alone; who will do still greater wonders, when he shall create all tidings new, raise the dead, and summon all nations before him, and render to everyone according to his works;

for his mercy endureth for ever: towards his people, for whose sake all these wonders are wrought.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-136.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

alone — excluding all help.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-136.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

4.Who alone hath done great wonders Under this term he comprehends all God’s works from the least to the greatest, that he may awaken our admiration of them, for notwithstanding the signal marks of inconceivably great wisdom and divine power of God which are inscribed upon them we are apt through thoughtlessness to undervalue them. He declares that whatever is worthy of admiration is exclusively made and done by God, to teach us that we cannot transfer the smallest portion of the praise due to him without awful sacrilege, there being no vestige of divinity in the whole range of heaven and earth with which it is lawful to compare or equal him. He then proceeds to praise the wisdom of God, as particularly displayed in the skill with which the heavens are framed, giving evidence in a surprising degree of the fine discrimination with which they are adorned. (173) Next he comes to speak of the earth, that he may lead us to form a proper estimate of this great and memorable work of God, stretching forth as it does a bare and dry superficies above the waters. As these elements are of a spherical form, the waters, if not kept within their limits, would naturally cover the earth, were it not that God has seen fit to secure a place of habitation for the human family. This philosophers themselves are forced to admit as one of their principles and maxims. (174) The earth’s expanded surface, and the vacant space uncovered with water, has been justly considered therefore one of the great wonders of God. And it is ascribed to his mercy, because his only reason for displacing the waters from their proper seat was that regard which he had in his infinite goodness for the interests of man.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-136.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ver. 4. To him who alone doeth great wonders] Wondrous things the creature may do, but not wonders; mira sed non miracula. God alone is the great Thaumaturgus, that is, wonder worker.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-136.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Him who alone; he and none else. Or, he without the help of any other person or thing; whereas no other being can do any thing alone or without his help.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-136.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4. Doeth great wonders—See Psalms 72:18; Psalms 135:6. The superior works of God declare him supreme. The phraseology shows that his works are above both comprehension and description.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-136.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Psalms 136:4. Who alone doeth great wonders — He, and none else; or he, without the help of any other person, or thing: whereas no other being can do any thing alone, or without his help. “All the works of God are wonderful, and speak him alone to have been their author. The established course of the world is, in reality, no less admirable than are those extraordinary interpositions of omnipotence whereby it hath been sometimes interrupted and suspended; though the latter, on account of their novelty, are apt to affect us more than the former does, which is ever before our eyes, and therefore less regarded by us.”


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". Joseph Benson's Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-136.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Land. they were oppressed with grief, (Ecclesiasticus xxii. 6.) and unwilling to expose sacred things to profanation, though there was no prohibition for them to sing out of Judea, for their mutual comfort. (Calmet) --- They excuse themselves on both accounts.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-136.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders - (Psalms 72:18.)


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-136.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) Psalms 72:18.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 136:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-136.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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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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