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Psalms 97:5

 

 

The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Adam Clarke Commentary

The hills melted like wax - The fire of God seized on and liquefied them, so that they no longer opposed his march; and the mountains before him became a plain.

The Lord of the whole earth - הארץ כל אדון adon col haarets, the Director, Stay, and Support of the whole earth. The universal Governor, whose jurisdiction is not confined to any one place; but who, having created all, governs all that he has made.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-97.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord - They seemed to flow down as if they were like melted wax: that is, they could not stand before him. The most firm, solid, lofty things were as nothing in his presence. Compare Revelation 20:11; Judges 5:5; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:5. The object here is to describe the sublimity, the greatness, the majesty of God, as if nothing could stand before him; as if everything fled away when he approached. There is perhaps a general allusion to his glory and power as manifested at Sinai.

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth - The Creator and Ruler of the entire world. The God who thus manifested himself is not a local Deity, or the God of a particular nation or country, but the God of the whole world, before whom all created things are as nothing.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-97.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,.... Kimchi interprets the "hills" of the kings of the wicked; and it was verified in Herod and his nobles, and the citizens of Jerusalem, who, when they heard of the coming of the Messiah, of the birth of the King of the Jews, were exceedingly moved and troubled; their hearts melted like wax within them, Matthew 2:1, so when he appeared, in the power of his Gospel, in the Gentile world, and went forth in the ministration of it, conquering, and to conquer, all fled before him; every mountain and island were moved out of their places; and the kings of the earth, and great men, ran to the rocks to hide them from his face, which they could not bear, Revelation 6:14, and the like events, and more terrible, will they be, when he comes to destroy antichrist, and especially to judge the world, Revelation 16:19.

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth; as Christ is; he is Lord of all, the Prince of the kings of the earth, Acts 10:36, Revelation 1:5, and as he will show himself to be at the great day; and that is the reason why the proud and lofty, comparable to hills and mountains, shall melt at his presence.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-97.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Ver. 5. The hills melted like wax] Nothing shall be so stout and steady as to be able to stand before them.

Before the Lord] Adon, Dominator, the maker and master of all, the rightful proprietary. The Latin translation hath it, All the earth is before the face of the Lord.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-97.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The hills; the strongest and loftiest parts of the earth; whereby he may understand the great potentates of the world who set themselves against the Messias.

The Lord of the whole earth; whose dominion shall not then be confined in Canaan, as now in a manner it is, but shall be enlarged over the whole earth.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". 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

5. At the presence—Literally, from before the face. See, in a humbler sense, the terror of countenance, Matthew 28:3-4


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-97.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

presence. See note on Psalms 95:2.

THE Lord. Hebrew Adon. App-4. Specially connected with His rule in the earth. Occurs in Joshua 3:11, Joshua 3:13; Joshua 5:14, and Zechariah 6:5.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "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

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord - (Micah 1:4.) There the words are applied to the judgment of God about to fall on the people of the covenant: here it is applied to the judgment on the God-opposed world. The fact that 'judgment has begun at the house of God' is a token that judgments of a far more destructive kind will overtake 'the (openly,) ungodly and sinners' (1 Peter 4:17). "The hills symbolize the heights of man's self-exalting pride of intellect, wealth, and power.

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth - (Micah 4:13.)


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "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

(5) The hills melted.—Comp. Psalms 68:8, Note: Micah 1:4.

The Lord of the whole earth.—An expression first met with exactly in Joshua 3:11-13, though Abraham speaks of God as judge of the whole earth (Genesis 18:25). (Comp. Micah 4:13; Zechariah 4:10; Zechariah 6:5.) Though Jehovah was the tribal God, yet in marked distinction to surrounding tribes Israel regarded Him as having universal dominion.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-97.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
hills
Judges 5:4,5; Isaiah 24:19,20; 64:1,2; Micah 1:3,4; Nahum 1:5; Habakkuk 3:6
the Lord of
47:2; 83:18; Isaiah 54:5; Micah 4:13; Zechariah 4:14; Mark 11:3; 1 Corinthians 1:2

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 97:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-97.html.

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