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Psalms 97:8

 

 

Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Zion heard, and was glad - All the land of Israel, long desolated, heard of the judgments which God had shown among the enemies of his people.

And the daughters of Judah - All the villages of the land - Zion as the mother, and all the villages in the country as her daughters, rejoice in the deliverance of God's people.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-97.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Zion heard, and was glad - The good news came to Zion that all the idols of the pagan were confounded or were overcome: that is, that the Lord reigned. There was joy in Zion that the evils and abominations of idolatry were at an end, and that the worship of Yahweh had taken the place of idol-worship. The idea is, that the displacement of idols, or the fact that they had ceased to be worshipped, was a cause of joy to the worshippers of the true God. Whatever tends to remove the worship of idols from the world, and to extend and establish the worship of the living God, is an occasion of gladness.

And the daughters of Judah rejoiced … - See the notes at Psalm 48:11. Woman has special occasion to rejoice in the spread of the true religion. It is that only which has lifted her from a state of deep degradation; which has elevated her to be a companion instead of a slave; which has made her the intelligent wife and mother, rather than the mere inmate of a harem.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-97.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

Psalms 97:8

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of Thy judgments, O Lord.

The judgments of God are a proper cause of gladness and rejoicing to His people

I. The Church is glad, and rejoices in the judgments of God, because it is itself redeemed with judgment.

1. By judgment the Church is redeemed from the curse of the law--judgment on Christ.

2. By judgment the Church is delivered from the captivity of Satan--judgment oil Satan.

3. By judgment the Church is freed from the bondage and tyranny of the world--judgment on the world.

4. By judgment the Church is to be redeemed from the power of Antichrist (Revelation 18:20).

5. By judgment the Church is to be redeemed from the power of sin--judgment on the Church.

II. The Church is glad, and rejoices in the judgments of God, because they are the triumphs of Christ.

1. The triumphs of Christ are of two kinds--

2. The one as well as the other is rejoiced in and celebrated by the Church.

III. The Church is glad, and rejoices in the judgments of God, because they diminish the amount and prevalency of sin.

1. The direct effect of judgments is to remove the barriers which hinder the progress of the truth.

2. Another effect of Divine judgments is to deter from the commission of sin.

3. The effect of the finally overwhelming judgments of God is to remove sin from its place in the moral universe, and shut it up in everlasting concealment, Hellazar-house.

IV. The Church is glad, and rejoices in the judgments of God, because they furnish a glorious manifestation of Himself.

1. They reveal His holiness--He cannot look upon sin.

2. They manifest His justice. He gives to each one according to his work.

3. They that prove His omnipresence as a moral governor. No sin escapes Him.

4. They demonstrate His truth--for they are for the most part predicted.

5. They exhibit His power--for they overwhelm the mightiest.

6. They reveal His love to the Church--for they are chiefly in her defence and rescue. (James Stewart.)


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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 97:8". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-97.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

"Zion heard and was glad,

And the daughters of Judah rejoiced,

Because of thy judgments, O Jehovah.

For thou, Jehovah, art most high above all the earth:

Thou art exalted far above all gods.

Oh ye that love Jehovah, hate evil:

He preserveth the souls of his saints;

He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Light is sown for the righteous,

And gladness for the upright in heart.

Be glad in Jehovah, ye righteous;

And give thanks to his holy memorial name."

"Zion heard and was glad ... daughters of Judah rejoiced" (Psalms 97:8). The Anchor Bible renders this, "Let Zion hear ... let the daughters of Judah rejoice."[9] It appears to us that the passage is true either way it reads, the "righteous remnant" alone being the portion of Zion that heard and obeyed God.

"Daughters of Judah" (Psalms 97:8) is Hebraic for the towns and villages surrounding Jerusalem."[10]

The big thought in this entire paragraph is the joy and happiness of those who follow the Lord. "The pursuit of happiness" is mentioned in the Declaration of Independence of the U.S.A.; and the major percentage of all human endeavor is directed toward the goal of achieving some measure of `happiness.'

Why is it true that only the righteous are happy? There is actually no mystery about this. "God destined us (all who ever lived) in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will" (Ephesians 1:5 RSV). This simply means that all men were destined by God to be Christians; to live otherwise is to live contrary to one's destiny; and that cannot ever achieve happiness for any creature God ever made, not even man. The tiger leaving bloody tracks on the stone floor of his prison in the zoo, the bird in its cage, the fish out of water - are such creatures happy? No indeed! Why? They were destined for another kind of existence. Sinful men find themselves in the same predicament. Men can live contrary to their destiny, all right, but the wretchedness of their lives is the price they pay for it. Man was so made by the Creator that his highest happiness, both in the present existence, and in the world to come are achieved by faithfulness to the will of God.

Let the intelligent ponder a simple question: "If you were Almighty God, would you create an intelligent being such as man in such a manner that he would be happier in the service of the devil, than in serving you?" To meditate upon that questions is to know the answer.

There are further words on this subject in Vol. 6 of our New Testament Commentaries (Romans), under 3:29.

"Thou art exalted far above all gods" (Psalms 97:9). This would include all idol-gods, and all self-esteemed `gods' among the leaders of mankind, the latter being a reference sarcastically to humans endowed with some authority who presume to act like gods.

"Oh ye that love Jehovah, hate evil" (Psalms 97:10). As it stands, of course, this is indeed a valid and binding commandment upon all who love the Lord; however, we prefer the rendition in the RSV, which has it differently.

"The Lord loves those who hate evil" (RSV, Psalms 97:10). However, Kidner warned us that, "RSV's rendition here makes a smoother sentence; but the textual support is scanty, and smoothness is not a criterion."[11]

The necessity for hating evil is obvious. God hates all evil, and those who are born again in the likeness of God invariably find it in their very nature to hate that which is evil. The current false view of God as a namby-pamby, easy-going old grandpa who is so good that he couldn't ever really hate anybody no matter how scandalously wicked, is a very inadequate conception of the God of the Bible.

"Love for God necessarily implies hatred of evil, which is God's antagonist, and which God also hates."[12]

"Light is sown for the righteous ... gladness for the upright" (Psalms 97:11). This is one of those radical figures of speech encountered now and then in the Bible. Light is not actually "planted," buried in the ground. Now what does this mean? Maclaren explained it.

"Darkness often wraps the righteous, and it is not true to experience to say that his way is always in the sunlight. But it is a consolation to know that light is sown, invisible and buried, as it were, but sure to germinate and bear fruit."[13]

Many a man, in the midst of sore trials, has suddenly seen the light sown in his heart long previously by those who taught him the Word of God.

"Be glad in Jehovah, ye righteous ... and give thanks" (Psalms 97:12). Whereas the psalm began with a call for the whole earth to rejoice, it is here an invitation for the individual to rejoice, giving thanks to God.

Does this not say something about the personality of the righteous? Servants of the Lord should be happy people, and that happiness should be evident in their daily appearance to all men. The notion that a Christian is a sad, gloomy, and miserable person is a caricature of the truth. The old cartoon that showed a little girl with her arm around a donkey, saying, "You must be a Christian, you've got such a long face" presented a terrible misunderstanding of the truth.

The manifold obligations of Christians appear in this final paragraph. "Those who rejoice in the Coming of the King, must even in the present time: (1) love the Lord; (2) hate evil; (3) rejoice; and (4) give thanks."[14]

The repeated admonitions here concerning joy and rejoicing emphasize the fact that, in spite of our still being in our probationary existence, still subject to sin and temptation, we should make every effort to live out our lives in the glorious knowledge that the victory has already been won; we should live, and act, and think that we are doing "all things through Christ who strengthens us."


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-97.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Zion heard, and was glad,.... Or, the congregation of Zion, as the Targum; the church of Christ, and the members of it, called Zion, in allusion to the mountain of that name, in which the temple stood; a type of the church, Hebrews 12:22, these heard the Gospel, the good news and glad tidings of good things; they heard that Zion's King reigned, and that his kingdom was enlarged, and interest increased; they heard the heavenly men declare his righteousness, by which they are justified from all things; they heard of the conversion of the Gentiles, and the confusion of idolaters; of the incarnation of Christ, and of his being worshipped by angels; all which filled them with joy and gladness:

and the daughters of Judah rejoiced; particular congregated churches, particular believers and professors of Christ and his Gospel; these rejoiced at the above things, as well as because of what follows:

because of thy judgments, O Lord; either the doctrines of the Gospel, which come from the God of judgment, and are according to his justice and holiness; and are matter of joy and gladness when they are spread in the world, and succeed to the conversion of sinners, the comfort of saints and the glory of Christ; see Psalm 19:9, or his judgments upon his enemies, and the enemies of his church and people; which also are an occasion of rejoicing to them, because Christ is thereby glorified in his power, justice, truth, and faithfulness, Revelation 19:1.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-97.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Zion heard, and was glad; and the g daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

(g) The Jews will have opportunity to rejoice that the Gentiles are made partakers with them of God's favour.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-97.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

Zion — Thy people dwelling in Zion or Jerusalem, to whom Christ came.

Heard — The fame of thy judgments, and the setting up the kingdom of the Messiah.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-97.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8Zion heard, and was glad In the former part of the psalm he had spoken of that joy which should be common to all the world. Now he makes special mention of God’s chosen nation; and this partly, because they were to enjoy the first-fruits of this joy, and partly, because he would remove all occasion for rivalry or envy. Accordingly, having said that the Gentile nations should be brought to equal privileges with the posterity of Abraham, he adds, that the Jews would not suffer any diminution of honor by this co-partnership of privilege, but might rather reasonably rejoice in being chosen of God to be the fountain out of which the world was to be watered and refreshed. Those of whom the Psalmist speaks were the true children of Abraham and them only. They had a double reason for rejoicing, when God extended his government and glory from the rising to the setting sun; for, while he exhibited to them in Christ the complete fulfillment of that redemption which was promised, they, at the same time, saw the glory of God diffused from the narrow limits of Judea to all parts of the world. When the nations were blessed in the seed of Abraham, agreeably to the prediction which had gone before, this was no inconsiderable confirmation of their faith, as also, when they saw a religion which had been hated and despised universally embraced. But why, it may be asked, does he speak of those things being heard, rather than seen ? Two reasons may be given for this. First, he would have God’s believing people anticipate the blessing by hope, ere the consummation of it arrived; and, again, the language intimates, that the glory of the Gospel would be spread to such distant quarters, that the Jews would rather hear of it by report, than witness it with their own eyes.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-97.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

Ver. 8. Zion heard, and was glad] Heard what? the downfall of the devil’s kingdom, and the erecting of Christ’s sceptre; this was good news to the Church, and her children. Berne was the first town that after the Reformation burnt their images. Zurich followed on an Ash Wednesday, which they observe and celebrate every year to this day, with all mirths, plays, and pastimes, as an Ash Wednesday of God’s own making.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-97.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 97:8. Because of thy judgments i.e. "Thy righteous determinations in favour of thy people."


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-97.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Zion; thy people dwelling in Zion, or Jerusalem, and Judah, to whom Christ came, and among whom the gospel was first preached. Or, thy church and people, who both in the prophetical writings are oft called Zion. Heard the fame of thy judgments, as the following words declare; the ruin of idolatry and the setting up the kingdom of the Messias in the world.

The daughters of Judah; particular churches, or rather persons, members of Zion.

Rejoiced; not that they took pleasure in the ruin of others, but because that made way for the advancement of God’s glory and Christ’s kingdom in the world.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". 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

8. Zion heard, and was glad—The form of the verbs (Kal preterit) in this verse, together with the historic facts alleged, namely, the “rejoicings,” and the “judgments,” clearly point us to some occasion of the signal interposition of God in behalf of the nation.

Daughters of Judah—A poetical title for cities of Judah. See on Psalms 48:11


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-97.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Hands. These strong oriental expressions hardly suit our language. (Calmet) --- They contain a metaphor, and denote the inhabitants of the world, (Haydock) or those rivers, which spring from Jesus Christ, and mountains, which are raised to heaven by his grace, to praise the Redeemer. (St. Augustine) --- Then the just are exhorted to lift up their heads. (Menochius)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-97.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Zion. See App-68.

daughters = daughter cities.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-97.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) Zion heard.—See Psalms 48:11, Note.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 97:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-97.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
Zion
48:11; Isaiah 51:3; 52:7-10; 62:11; Zephaniah 3:14-17; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9
because
52:6; 58:10; Revelation 18:20; 19:1-7

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