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Psalms 97:4

 

 

His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled.

Adam Clarke Commentary

His lightnings enlightened the world - Though this be no more than a majestic description of the coming of the Lord, to confound his enemies and succor his followers, yet some spiritualize the passage, and say, the lightnings signify the apostles, who enlightened the world by their heavenly doctrine.

The earth saw, and trembled - The earth is represented as a sentient being. It saw the terrible majesty of God; and trembled through terror, fearing it should be destroyed on account of the wickedness of its inhabitants.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-97.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

His lightnings enlightened the world … - See the notes at Psalm 77:18. Compare Psalm 104:32; Habakkuk 3:6-10.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-97.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

His lightnings enlightened the world,.... Either the doctrines of the Gospel, compared thereunto, because of the swift progress they made, and the large extent of them in the world, in a very little time; by the apostles they were published in all nations, and were the means of enlightening them in the true knowledge of themselves, and of the way of salvation by Christ: hence they are called the "lights of the world", Matthew 5:14, as the coming of Christ, in his kingdom and power, by them, is compared to lightning, and so are the arrows of his word, Matthew 24:27, or else his judgments on the Jewish nation are meant, which were manifest and clear, and obvious to all the world; see Psalm 18:14,

the earth saw, and trembled; the inhabitants of the earth, of the Gentile world, saw the judgments of God upon the Jews, and were astonished at them; see Deuteronomy 29:24, it is usual for lightnings and earthquakes to go together; see Revelation 11:19.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-97.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and d trembled.

(d) This fear does not bring the wicked to true obedience, but makes them run away from God.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-97.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 97:4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

Ver. 4. His lightnings enlightened the world] His apostles, those fulmiua Ecclesiastica, shall spread gospel light, and amaze people; the Lord working with them, and confirming their word with signs following, Mark 16:20


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-97.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

His lightnings enlightened the world: this phrase signifies not so much illumination as terror and judgments, as appears both from the following words, and from the constant use of the phrase in that sense, as Psalms 18:14 144:6, &c.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-97.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4. Earth saw, and trembled—As an affrighted servant. Even Moses said: “I exceedingly fear and quake.” Hebrews 12:21


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-97.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the world = the habitable world. Hebrew. tebel.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-97.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled - drawn from Psalms 77:18. The bare sight of thee caused the earth to tremble (Psalms 77:16).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-97.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) See Psalms 77:17-18, from which this is taken.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-97.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
His
77:18; 144:5,6; Exodus 19:16-18
the earth
104:32; 114:7; Job 9:6; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 27:50,51; 28:2,3; Revelation 11:19; Revelation 19:11

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-97.html.

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