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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 96:12

 

 

Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Let the field be joyful … - This is taken - with the change of a single letter, not affecting the sense - from 1 Chronicles 16:32-33. It is a call on the fields - the cultivated portions of the earth - to rejoice in the reign of God. As if conscious of the beauty with which he clothes them, and of the happiness which they confer on man in their beauty and in the abundance of their productions, they are called on to praise God.

Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice - The forests - the oaks, the cedars, the pines, that wave with so much majesty. If they were conscious of their own magnificence and beauty - if they could see how much wisdom and goodness God has lavished on them, in their forms, their branches, their leaves, their flowers, their fruit - if they could know how much they are made to accomplish in rendering the world beautiful, and in contributing to the happiness of man - if they understood what a bare, bleak, cold, desert world this would be but for them, they, too, would have abundant occasion for praise and joy.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-96.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein,.... Not the field of the world, but of the church, separated from others by distinguishing grace; the peculiar property of Christ, cultivated and manured by his Spirit and grace, and abounding with the fruits and flowers thereof; of a wilderness becoming a fruitful field, and for that reason should rejoice, even with joy and singing, Isaiah 35:1,

then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice; the sons of God, so called, Song of Solomon 2:3, who, though like such, in their nature state, barren and unfruitful, yet, being ingrafted into Christ, become trees of righteousness; and so have reason to rejoice at their root in Christ, their stability by him, and fruitfulness through him: Jarchi interprets this of all the governors of the people; see Ezekiel 17:24, all this, indeed, by a prosopopoeia, may be understood of inanimate creatures; the heavens, earth, and sea, fields, woods, and trees, rejoicing, if they could, and in their way, at such great and wonderful appearances in the Gentile world; see Isaiah 44:23. Aben Ezra interprets all this of the heavens giving dew, the earth its increase, and the field its fruit; all which is rejoicing.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-96.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the i trees of the wood rejoice

(i) If the insensible creatures will have reason to rejoice when God appears, much more we, from whom he has taken malediction and sin.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-96.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 96:12 Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice

Ver. 12. Let the field be joyful, &c.] And so give check to the hardness of man’s heart, not at all affected with those benefits by Christ, wherein they are far more concerned than these insensible creatures; which yet have lain bedridden, as it were, ever since man’s fall, and earnestly wait for the manifestation of the sons of God, Romans 8:19.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-96.html. 1865-1868.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Holiness. Or sanctuary. Praise for ever his adorable name, (Calmet) since he is holiness itself, and sanctifies others. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-96.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Then shall. Ginsburg thinks this should be "Yea, let".


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-96.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) Then shall all the trees . . .—Comp.—

“His praise, ye winds that from four quarters blow,

Breathe soft or loud, and wave your tops ye pines,

With every plant in sign of worship wave.”—MILTON.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-96.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
65:12,13; Isaiah 42:10,11; 55:12,13

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 96:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-96.html.

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