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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 72:2-17

This is a prophecy of the prosperity and perpetuity of the kingdom of Christ under the shadow of the reign of Solomon. It comes in, 1. As a plea to enforce the prayer: ?Lord, give him thy judgments and thy righteousness, and then he shall judge thy people with righteousness, and so shall answer the end of his elevation, Ps. 72:2. Give him thy grace, and then thy people, committed to his charge, will have the benefit of it.? Because God loved Israel, he made him king over them to do judgment... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 72:16

There shall be an handful of corn ,.... By which are not meant the people of Christ, compared to corn, or wheat, in distinction from hypocrites, said to be as chaff, Matthew 2:12 ; who are but few, yet fruitful and flourishing; nor the Gospel, so called in opposition to the chaff of false doctrine, Jeremiah 23:28 ; nor the blessings of grace, signified by corn, wine, and oil, Jeremiah 31:12 ; but Christ, who compares himself to a corn of wheat, John 12:24 ; for its choiceness and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 72:16

There shall be a handful of corn - The earth shall be exceedingly fruitful. Even a handful of corn sown on the top of a mountain shall grow up strong and vigorous; and it shall be, in reference to crops in other times as the cedars of Lebanon are to common trees or shrubs: and as the earth will bring forth in handfuls, so the people shall be multiplied who are to consume this great produce. And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth - There have been many puzzling... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 72:16

Verse 16 16.A handful of corn shall be (142) in the earth upon the top of the mountains. The opinion of those who take a handful (143) for a small portion appears to be well founded. They think that by the two circumstances here referred to, a rare and uncommon fertility is indicated. Only a very small quantity of wheat, not even more than a man can hold in the palm of his hand, has been sown, and that even upon the tops of the mountains, which generally are far from being fruitful; and yet so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 72:1-20

The glory of Christ's kingdom. It is written that Satan took our Lord "up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them" ( Matthew 4:8 ); but they had no charm, for him. In this psalm we are, so to speak, taken up by the Spirit, and shown the kingdom of Messiah; and as its glory opens to our sight our hearts are thrilled with admiration and delight. With renewed ardour we cry, "Thy kingdom come." Consider some things testified here as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 72:16

There shall be an handful of corn in the earth; rather, as in the Prayer book Version, an heap of corn; or, abundance of corn (Revised Version), "Abundance of corn" is put for general prosperity. Upon the top of the mountains. In flourishing times of agriculture, the very tops of the mountains were cultivated all over Palestine, as appears by the remains of terraces. The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon. Canon Cook's seems to be the best exposition: "The ripened corn on the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 72:16

There shall be an handful of corn - “Of grain,” for so the word means in the Scriptures. The “general” idea in this verse is plain. It is, that, in the time of the Messiah, there would be an ample supply of the fruits of the earth; or that his reign would tend to the promotion of prosperity, industry, abundance. It would be as if fields of grain waved everywhere, even on the tops of mountains, or as if the hills were cultivated to the very summit, so that the whole land would be covered over... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 72:16

Psalms 72:16. There shall be a handful of corn Which intimates the small beginnings of this kingdom, and therefore does not agree to that of Solomon, which was, in a manner, as large at the beginning of his reign as at the end of it; but it exactly agrees to Christ and his kingdom, Matthew 13:31-33. In the earth That is, sown in the earth. The seed is the word of God. That on good ground are they, who, in an honest and good heart, a heart made honest and good by grace, having heard the... read more

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