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Psalms 46:5

 

 

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

Adam Clarke Commentary

God is in the midst of her - God will not abandon them that trust in him; he will maintain his own cause; and, if his Church should at any time be attacked, he will help her and that right early - with the utmost speed. As soon as the onset is made, God is there to resist. As by the day-break the shadows and darkness are dissipated; so by the bright rising of Jehovah, the darkness of adversity shall be scattered.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-46.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

God is in the midst of her - God is in the midst of the “city” referred to above - the “city of God.” That is,

(a) he dwelt there by the visible symbol of his presence, the Shekinah;

(b) he was there “actually” as a help and a protector.

It was his chosen abode, and as long as such a Being dwelt in the city, they had nothing to fear.

God shall help her - That is, in her danger, he will interpose to save her. This is language such as would be used in reference to a place that was besieged, and would well apply to the state of things when Jerusalem was besieged by the armies of Assyria under Sennacherib. The language expresses the confidence of the people in the time of the impending danger.

And that right early - Margin, “when the morning appeareth.” Literally, “in the faces of the morning,” as the word is commonly used; or, more literally, in the “turning” of the morning - for the verb from which the word is derived means properly “to turn,” and then “to turn to or from any one.” The noun is applied to the face or countenance, because the person is “turned” to us when we see his countenance. The poetic idea here seems to refer to the day as having turned away “from” us at night, and then as turning about “toward” us in the morning, after having gone, as it were, to the greatest distance from us. “Possibly” there may be an allusion here to what occurred in the camp of the Assyrians, when the discovery that the angel of the Lord had smitten them was made early in the morning, or when men arose in the morning: “The angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose in the morning” (that is, when men arose in the morning), “behold, they were all dead corpses,” Isaiah 37:36.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-46.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

God is in the midst of her,.... The church and people of God; not merely by his essence, power, and providence, as he is in the midst of the world; but by his gracious presence, and which always continues, though not always perceived; and is a sufficient antidote against all fear of men and devils;

she shall not be moved; though the earth may; and when it is, Psalm 46:2, neither from the heart of God, on which his people are set as a seal; nor from the hands of Christ, from whence they can never be plucked; nor from the covenant of grace, which is immovable; nor off of the rock Christ, on which they are built; nor from the state of grace, of justification, adoption, and sanctification, in which they stand; nor out of the world, by all the cunning and power of antichrist;

God shall help her, and that right early: or "when the morning looks out"F24לפנות בקר "respiciente mane", Pagninus; "ad prospectum aurorae", Musculus; "at the looking forth of the morning", Ainsworth; that is, "speedily and quickly", as Suidas interprets it in voce πρωι. . When it is night with the church, it is the hour and power of darkness with the enemies of it; and this is the time of the reign of antichrist, whose kingdom is a kingdom of darkness: but the "morning cometh, and also the night"; the former being about to break forth, and the latter to be at an end; yea, at eventide it shall be light: and the Lord will be a suitable, seasonable, and timely help to his people; for though weeping endures the night, joy comes in the morning.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-46.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] f right early.

(f) Always when need requires.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-46.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

right early — literally, “at the turn of morning,” or change from night to day, a critical time (Psalm 30:5; compare Isaiah 37:36).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-46.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

5.God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. The Psalmist now shows that the great security of the Church consists in this, that God dwells in the midst of her; for the verb which we translate, shall be moved, is of the feminine gender, nor can it be referred to God, as if it were designed to teach that God is immovable. The sentence must be explained in this way, The holy city shall not be moved or shaken, because God dwells there, and is always ready to help her. The expression, the dawn of the morning (177) denotesdaily, as soon as the sun rises upon the earth. The sum of the whole is, If we desire to be protected by the hand of God, we must be concerned above all things that he may dwell amongst us; for all hope of safety depends upon his presence alone. And he dwells amongst us for no other purpose than to preserve us uninjured. Moreover, although God does not always hasten immediately to our aid, according to the importunity of our desires, yet he will always come to us seasonably, so as to make apparent the truth of what is elsewhere said,

“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep,” (Psalms 121:4.)


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-46.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 46:5 God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early.

Ver. 5. God is in the midst of her] Hence the Church is called Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there, Ezekiel 48:35, there he hath set him up a mercy seat, a throne of grace, and paved his people a new and living way thereunto with the blood of his Son, so that they may come boldly, obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need, Hebrews 4:14.

She shall not be moved] Or, not greatly moved, Psalms 62:2, in those great commotions abroad the world, Psalms 46:2-3. This bush may burn, but shall not be consumed; and that by the blessing of him that dwelt in the bush, Deuteronomy 33:16 Built she is upon a rock, Matthew 16:18, and so is every particular believer, Matthew 7:25. And if at any time they be in distress,

God shall help her, and that right early] Heb. when the morning appeareth; that is, in the nick of time, when help shall be most seasonable and best welcome, Exodus 14:23, Begneth haveshugnah (Kimchi). Mourning lasteth but till morning, Psalms 30:5; the Church is invincible, ακινητος και ανικητος).


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-46.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 46:5. And that right early At the appearing of the morning. Houbigant, &c. As soon as the morning shews its face, i.e. "God will come very early to her succour, before any enemy is awakened to annoy her."


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-46.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Heb. as soon as the morning appeareth, i.e. speedily, after a short night of affliction; compare Psalms 30:5; and seasonably, when the danger is greatest, and the enemies prepare to make the assault; which is commonly done in the morning.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-46.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5. God is in the midst of her—Not the natural strength of the city, nor its improved fortifications, commissary supplies, extensive water works, military discipline, and arsenal stores, on which Hezekiah had bestowed such timely attentionnot these were the strength of the city, but God, who was in the midst of her.

Right early—Literally, at the uncovering of dawn; the earliest day streak, before the dawn proper; that is, immediately, in the opportune moment.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-46.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Beauty. The temple, Ezechiel xxiv. 21. Both Jews and Gentiles form the Church.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-46.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

in the midst = in the middle, not the same as Psalms 46:2.

moved. Same word as "carried", in Psalms 46:2.

and that right early. Hebrew at the turning of the morning: i.e. when the morning dawns. See 2 Kings 19:31-35. Isaiah 37:35, Isaiah 37:36. Compare Exodus 14:27.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-46.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

God is in the midst of her - (Leviticus 26:12; Deuteronomy 23:14.) But this is especially true of the New Testament Church, which is the "habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22; 2 Corinthians 6:16). And it shall he fully realized at Israel's restoration, when Zion is told to shout for joy, "for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee" (Isaiah 12:6).

She shall not be moved - "though the earth be removed" (Psalms 46:2).

God shall help her, and that right early - Hebrew, 'at the appearing or turning of the morning,' from a Hebrew root to turn one's self for the purpose of coming (Hengstenberg). So Exodus 14:24-27; Psalms 30:5 is exactly parallel - "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalms 49:14). Affliction may pass a night with the Lord's people; but with the morning dawn Yahweh (Hebrew #3068) dislodges it from its resting-place, and gives in its stead abiding salvation. On the previous night the cause of the city of God seemed desperate, and that of the Assyrian invader all but triumphant; but "when they (the Jews) arose early in the morning, behold, they (the Assyrians) were all dead corpses" (Isaiah 37:36); because the angel of the Lord had smitten in the camp of the Assyrians, "an hundred and four score and five thousand" (Isaiah 17:14).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-46.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) Right early.—Literally, at the turning of the morning. Evidently metaphorical of the dawn of a brighter day.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-46.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
God is
68:18; Deuteronomy 23:14; Isaiah 12:6; Ezekiel 43:7,9; Hosea 11:9; Joel 2:27; Zephaniah 3:15; Zechariah 2:5,10,11; 8:3; Matthew 18:20; Revelation 2:1
she
62:2,6; 112:6; 125:1
and that, etc
Heb. when the mourning appeareth.
30:5; 143:8; Exodus 14:24,27; Luke 18:8

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