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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 65:1-5

The psalmist here has no particular concern of his own at the throne of grace, but begins with an address to God, as the master of an assembly and the mouth of a congregation; and observe, I. How he gives glory to God, Ps. 65:1. 1. By humble thankfulness: Praise waiteth for thee, O God! in Zion, waits till it arrives, that it may be received with thankfulness at its first approach. When God is coming towards us with his favours we must go forth to meet him with our praises, and wait till the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 65:2

O thou that hearest prayer ,.... So as to answer it sooner or later, in one way or another, and always in the fittest time, and in the best way; so as to fulfil the requests and supply the wants of men, so far as may be for their good, and God's glory; which is a proof of the omnipresence, omniscience, and all sufficiency of God; who can hear the prayers of his people in all places at the same time, and knows all their persons and wants, and what is most proper for them, and can and does... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 65:2

Unto thee shall all flesh come - All human beings should pray to God; and from him alone the sufficient portion of human spirits is to be derived. It is supposed to be a prediction of the calling of the Gentiles to the faith of the Gospel of Christ. A minister, immensely corpulent, began his address to God in the pulpit with these words: "O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come!" and most unluckily laid a strong emphasis on All Flesh. The coincidence was ominous; and I... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 65:1-13

Harvest thanksgiving. The three great Jewish feasts had reference to the harvest. The Passover was kept early in the year, when the barley harvest was begun, and a sheaf of the firstfruits was offered as a thank offering (Le 23:10). Fifty days later came Pentecost, when the wheat was ripe; and then two loaves of the new corn were presented (Le 23:17). Last of all was the Feast of Tabernacles, when the fruits of the earth had been gathered in, and the people gave thanks and rejoiced before... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 65:1-13

Reasons for praising God. "Can hardly doubt that this psalm was composed on the occasion of an abundant harvest, and was intended to be sung as a hymn of thanksgiving by the whole congregation gathered before God in Zion." God is praised under three aspects. I. AS THE GOD OF THE CHURCH . ( Psalms 65:1-5 .) "Whom thou choosest, and causest to approach." 1 . He is the Hearer of all true prayer. ( Psalms 65:2 .) "Unto thee doth all flesh come" in dependence and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 65:2

O thou that hearest prayer. A necessary and inalienable attribute of God. Calvin rightly observes on the passage: "God can no more divest himself of his attribute of hearing prayer than of being." Unto thee shall all flesh come . "All flesh" might certainly, in a psalmist's mouth, mean no more than "all Israel" (so Ewald and Hitzig). But the context (especially in Psalms 65:5 and Psalms 65:8 ) shows that in this psalm the writer is universalist in his ideas, and embraces all... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 65:2

The privilege and duty of prayer. "Thou that hearest prayer" All practical religion rests on this fact—that God hears prayer. A God who could not or would not hear prayer, an almighty Creator with whom we could hold no converse, would not be God to us. We could not say, "O God, thou art my God!" There would be no impiety in the question, "What profit shall we have if we pray unto him?' The Epicureans, who taught that there are gods, but that they do not concern themselves with human... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 65:2

O thou that hearest prayer - Who hast revealed thyself as a God hearing prayer - one of the leading characteristics of whose nature it is that thou dost hear prayer. Literally, “Hearer of prayer, to thee shall all flesh come.” Nothing as applied even to God is more sublime and beautiful than the appellative “Hearer of prayer.” Nothing in his attributes is of more interest and importance to man. Nothing more indicates his condescension and goodness; nothing so much encourages us in the endeavor... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 65:2-3

Psalms 65:2-3. O thou that hearest prayer That usest and delightest to hear and answer the prayers of thy people in Zion; which he justly mentions as one of the chiefest of God’s favours vouchsafed to his church; unto thee shall all flesh come Men of all sorts and nations, who were allured by this and other singular benefits, to unite themselves to the Jewish Church, according to Solomon’s prediction, 1 Kings 8:41-43. Or, rather, this may be considered as a tacit prediction of the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 65:1-13

Psalms 65:0 Praise for harvest, fields and flocksAs they approach God, the worshippers are aware of their failures through sin. They realize that forgiveness is necessary before they can enjoy fulness of fellowship with God in his house (1-4). They recall his great acts, both in the events of history and in the natural creation, and see these as a reason for all people, from east to west, to shout for joy (5-8).Coming closer to home, the worshippers see God’s provision in the well-watered... read more

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