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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 24:1-2

Here is, I. God's absolute propriety in this part of the creation where our lot is cast, Ps. 24:1. We are not to think that the heavens, even the heavens only, are the Lord?s, and the numerous and bright inhabitants of the upper world, and that this earth, being so small and inconsiderable a part of the creation, and at such a distance from the royal palace above, is neglected, and that he claims no interest in it. No, even the earth is his, and this lower world; and, though he has prepared... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 24:2

For he hath founded it upon the seas ,.... Or "with" them, as some interpret F5 R. Moses in Aben Ezra in loc. the particle על ; he hath founded the earth and seas together, and both upon nothing; and yet are stable and firm; or "by the seas" F6 על ימים "juxta maria", Vatablus, Gejerus, Amama; so Kimchi & Ben Melech. , near unto them, at the side of them; which, though higher than the earth, are wonderfully bounded by the power of God, so as not to return and cover the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 24:2

He hath founded it upon the seas - He not only created the vast mass, but separated the land from the waters, so that the mountains, etc., being elevated above the waters, appear to be founded on them, and notwithstanding all the tossings and ragings of the ocean, these waters cannot prevail. It is established upon the floods, and cannot be shaken. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 24:2

Verse 2 2.For he hath founded it upon the seas. The Psalmist here confirms the truth, that men are rightfully under the authority and power of God, so that in all places and countries they ought to acknowledge him as King. And he confirms it from the very order manifested in the creation; for the wonderful providence of God is clearly reflected in the whole face of the earth. In order to prove this, he brings forward the proof of it, which is most evident. How is it that the earth appears above... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 24:1-4

Celebrating the Real Presence. (For opening or reopening a church.) There seems to be no very great difficulty in finding the occasion on which this magnificent psalm was originally composed. In all probability it was written by David, and sung on the occasion of bringing up the ark of God to Mount Zion ( 2 Samuel 6:2 , 2 Samuel 6:18 ; 2 Samuel 1:1-27 , 2 Samuel 7:25 , 2 Samuel 7:26 ). Some regard it as prophetic, and call it "the Song of Advent," others "the Song of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 24:1-6

Who can dwell with God? The twenty-third psalm concludes with the hope of dwelling in the house of the Lord for ever, and this psalm asks, "Who is qualified to dwell with God in his holy place?" Composed on the bringing of the ark to Mount Zion. Psalms 24:1-6 are introductory. I. GOD 'S EXALTED NATURE . ( Psalms 24:1 , Psalms 24:2 .) Relation of land to water in Genesis 1:9 . God's creative universal power was connected in the mind of the psalmist with: 1 . His... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 24:1-10

David's authorship is allowed by most critics; and the most probable period of the composition is the time when David determined to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the tabernacle which he had prepared for it on Mount Zion ( 2 Samuel 6:12 ). The psalm is made up of three strophes: Psalms 24:1 , Psalms 24:2 ; Psalms 24:3-6 ; and Psalms 24:7-10 . The first and second arc closely connected; the third is a little detached. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 24:1-10

The King of glory. Christ as the King of glory is represented here in three aspects. I. AS THE LORD OF THE EARTH . ( Psalms 24:1 , 21.) The kingdoms of this world are limited. Some are larger than others, but the largest has its bounds ( Esther 1:1 ; Daniel 4:1 ). Christ's kingdom is unlimited. Go where you will, pass from one country to another, visit different peoples, with different customs and laws, you can never get beyond its bounds. Like the sky, it covers... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 24:2

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods (comp. Genesis 1:9 ). God has established the earth above the seas and floods, causing it to "appear," and thus making it a fitting habitation for man. Hence his right of property in the earth and in all the dwellers on it. They exist through his providential care (comp. Psalms 104:6-9 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 24:2

For he hath founded it upon the seas - That is, the earth, or the habitable world. The ground of the claim to the earth and all that it contains, which is here asserted, is the fact that God had created it, or “founded” it. The language used here - “he hath founded it,” that is, he has laid the foundation of it, “upon the seas” and “the floods” - is in accordance with the usual mode of speaking of the earth in the Scriptures as laid upon a foundation - as a house is raised on a firm foundation.... read more

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