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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 84:8

 

 

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Hear my prayer - Let us be restored to thy sanctuary, and to thy worship.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-84.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

O Lord God of hosts - See the notes at Psalm 84:1. God is appealed to here as a God of power; as a God who is able to accomplish all his purposes, and to impart every needed blessing.

Hear my prayer - A prayer of the psalmist that he might also have a place among the servants of God in their worship, Psalm 84:2. To this earnestness of prayer he is excited by the view which he had of the blessedness of those who went with songs up to Zion. His soul longs to be among them; from the sight of them his prayer is the more fervent that he may partake of their blessedness and joy.

Give ear, O God of Jacob - With whom Jacob wrestled in prayer, and prevailed. Genesis 32:24-30. On the phrase, “give ear,” see the notes at Psalm 5:1.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-84.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,.... the redemption of the captives, says Kimchi; for the building of the house, the temple, according to Jarchi; but rather for the courts of God, an opportunity of attending them, and for the presence of God in them; see Psalm 84:2 in which he might hope to succeed, from the consideration of the Lord's being the God of hosts, or armies, in heaven and in earth; and so was able to do everything for him, and more for him than he could ask or think; his arm was not shortened, nor his ear heavy, Isaiah 59:1, and as this character is expressive of his power, the following is of his grace:

give ear, O God of Jacob; he being the covenant God of the people of Israel in general, and of David in particular; from whence he might comfortably conclude he would give ear to him, and it carries in it an argument why he should.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-84.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8O Jehovah, God of Hosts! hear my prayer. David, instead of acting like worldly men, who foolishly and unprofitably distress and torment themselves by inwardly cherishing their desires, very wisely directs his wishes and prayers to God. From this it is also evident, that he was not accustomed to indulge in ostentatious boasting, as is the case with many hypocrites, who present to outward appearance a wonderful ardor of zeal, while yet the omniscient eye of God sees nothing but coldness in their hearts. In the first place, he supplicates in general, that God would vouchsafe to hear him. He next anticipates a temptation which might very readily arise from his being at present apparently cut off from the Church, and wards it off, by associating and ranking himself with all true believers, under the protection of God. Had he not been a member of the Church, he could not have said generally, and as it were in the person of all its members, Our shield. Having made this statement, he uses language still more expressive of high privilege, adducing the royal anointing with which God had honored him by the hand of Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:12. These words, Look upon the face of thy anointed, are very emphatic, and yet many interpreters pass over them very frigidly. He encourages himself in the hope of obtaining the favor of God, from the consideration that he had been anointed king in compliance with a divine command. Knowing, however, that his kingdom was merely a shadow and type of something more illustrious, there is no doubt, that in uttering these words, the object which he aspired after was, to obtain the divine favor through the intervention of the Mediator of whom he was a type. I am personally unworthy, as if he had said, that thou shouldest restore me, but the anointing by which thou hast made me a type of the only Redeemer will secure this blessing for me. We are thus taught, that the only way in which God becomes reconciled to us is through the mediation of Christ, whose presence scatters and dissipates all the dark clouds of our sins.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-84.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 84:8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Ver. 8. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer] Satisfy my yearnings, pantings, and inquietations of mind after the liberty of thy sanctuary, Psalms 84:2. These very desires he calleth prayers.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-84.html. 1865-1868.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

A new subject is evidently opened at this verse: Here is a soul calling upon God as a covenant God, the God of Jacob; and in his name prays to be heard.


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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-84.html. 1828.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

O Lord God of hosts, who canst easily remove and subdue those enemies of mine who banish and keep me from the place of thy worship,

hear my prayer, in restoring me to thy house and service; which is my chief desire, Psalms 84:2,3.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-84.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Salvation. By Cyrus, or rather by the Messias, whose time drew near. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-84.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

God of Jacob. Not Israel, but the God (Elohim) Who met Jacob when he had nothing and deserved nothing (but wrath), and promised him everything: thus becoming "the God of all grace".

Selah. Connecting the request for audience with the words of the prayer, and dividing the Psalm, structurally, into its two parts.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-84.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Give ear, O God of Jacob. This title implies a plea for being heard, on the ground of God's covenanted grace to the people of Jacob.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 84:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-84.html. 1871-8.

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