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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 98:4

 

 

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord - By singing; by instruments of music. See the notes at Psalm 95:1.

All the earth - All lands. The event is of sufficient importance to be celebrated by all nations. It is a matter of universal exultation and joy.

Make a loud noise - The word used here - פצח pâtsach - means properly to break in pieces; then, to break forth, as a shout of triumph or joy, as if the joy could be no longer confined or repressed. See the notes at Isaiah 14:7. The word occurs only in the following places (besides that which is before us), in all of which it is rendered “break forth.” Isaiah 14:7; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 52:9; Isaiah 54:1; Isaiah 55:12 - (except in Micah 3:3, where it it is rendered “break”). It is expressive of irrepressible joy.

Rejoice and sing praise - This very combination of the words, “Break forth into joy, sing together” - the same words in Hebrew as here - occurs in Isaiah 52:9, showing, as above remarked, that the psalm was composed after the times of Isaiah, and probably had reference to the same event.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-98.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all the earth;

Break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises."

The logic here, as Yates saw it, is this: "Since all the earth has seen how God has delivered Israel, all men are called to join Israel in worshipping him."[7] It seems tragic that Israel never seemed to catch on to the fact that the worship of God by all nations foretold here would bring the Gentiles into God's favor on an equal footing with Israel. It was this tragic blindness which, in the principal part, set Israel against the Messiah and embittered the nation against Paul.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-98.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth,.... That is, all the inhabitants of the earth, as the Targum, to whom the joyful sound of the Gospel comes; See Gill on Psalm 95:1,

make a loud noise, rejoice, and sing praise; exalt and extend the voice to the highest pitch, in the most musical and melodious strains; this heap of words is used to express the intenseness of mind, vehemency of affection, and strength of spirit and exceeding greatness of joy, with which the Lord should be praised for his great and marvellous works.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-98.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

4Exult before Jehovah all the earth Here he repeats the exhortation with which he had begun, and by addressing it to the nations at large, he indicates that when God should break down the middle wall of partition all would be gathered to the common faith, and one Church formed throughout the whole world. When he speaks of musical instruments the allusion is evidently to the practice of the Church at that time, without any intention of binding down the Gentiles to the observance of the ceremonies of the law. The repetition made use of is emphatical, and implies that the most ardent attempts men might make to celebrate the great work of the world’s redemption would fall short of the riches of the grace of God. This is brought out still more forcibly in what follows, where feeling is ascribed to things inanimate. The whole passage has been elsewhere expounded, and it is unnecessary to insist further upon it.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-98.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Ver. 4. Make a joyful noise] Bless God for a Christ. The Argives, when delivered by the Romans from the tyranny of the Macedonians and Spartans, Quae gaudia, quae vociferationes fuerunt! quid fiorum in Consulem profuderunt! what great joys expressed they! what loud outcries made they! the very birds that flew over them fell on the ground, astonied with their noises (Plut. in Flamin.). The crier at the Nemean games was forced to pronounce the word liberty iterumque iterumque, again and again.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-98.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Because you all do now partake of the same privileges with the Jews, join with them in worshipping and praising of God.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-98.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord—Shout to Jehovah. This call is made to all the earth, inasmuch as “the ends of the earth” had seen (Psalms 98:3) the salvation of God to his people. The descriptions of joy and praise, given in Psalms 98:4-6, may be accepted as comprehending all that was known in Hebrew worship of vocal and instrumental demonstrations of rejoicing.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-98.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Loveth judgment. Requireth discretion. (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "the king's strength loveth judgment." He does nothing unjustly, as the enemy is forced to confess. (Calmet) --- This is the highest glory of a king. (Theodoret) --- God requires that we should honour him, by correcting our fault. (St. Augustine) --- Directions. Most right and just laws to direct men. (Challoner) --- Jacob. There God principally instructed mankind, and punished the perverse. Other nations he seemed to have left to themselves. (Haydock)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-98.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

sing praise. Figure of speech Anadiplosis, for emphasis. See note on "psalm", Psalms 98:5.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-98.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) Make a joyful noise.—Better, Break out into songs and music.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-98.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
47:1-5; 66:1,4; 67:4; 95:1; 100:1; Isaiah 12:6; 42:11; 44:23; Jeremiah 33:11; Zephaniah 3:14; Matthew 21:9; Revelation 19:1,6

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 98:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-98.html.

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