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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 84:1-7

The psalmist here, being by force restrained from waiting upon God in public ordinances, by the want of them is brought under a more sensible conviction than ever of the worth of them. Observe, I. The wonderful beauty he saw in holy institutions (Ps. 84:1): How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! Some think that he here calls God the Lord of hosts (that is, in a special manner of the angels, the heavenly hosts) because of the presence of the angels in God's sanctuary; they attended... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 84:7

They go from strength to strength ,.... Whose strength is in the Lord, and in whose heart are his ways, and who pass through the valley of Baca, and find a well of supply, and pools of blessings there; they renew their spiritual strength; they grow stronger and stronger every step they take; the way of the Lord is strength unto them: or "from army to army", or "from company to company" F4 מחיל אל חיל "de exercitu in exercitum", Pagninus; so Piscator, Junius & Tremellius; "de... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 84:7

They go from strength to strength - They proceed from one degree of grace to another, gaining Divine virtue through all the steps of their probation. Every one of them in Zion appeareth before God - This is a paraphrase, and a bad one, but no translation. They shall proceed from strength to strength, בציון אלהים אל יראה yeraeh el Elohim betsiyon , "The God of gods shall be seen in Zion." God shall appear in their behalf, as often as they shall seek him; in consequence of which they... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 84:7

Verse 7 7They will go from strength to strength. In this verse the same sentiment is repeated. Mount Zion being the place where, according to the appointment of the law, the holy assemblies were observed, after the ark of the covenant was removed thither, it is said, that the people of God will come to Zion in great numbers, provoking one another to this good work. (467) The word חיל, chayil, seldom signifies a troop, or band of men, but most commonly power, or strength. It will therefore be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 84:1-7

The glory of worship. I. HELPS US TO REALIZE OUR NEARNESS TO GOD . ( Psalms 84:1 .) "How lovely are thy dwellings!" or "the house where thou dwellest." II. IT IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE DEEPEST LONGING OF THE HEART AND SOUL . ( Psalms 84:2 .) III. IT GIVES THE SENSE OF BEING AT HOME WITH GOD . ( Psalms 84:3 .) He is at a distance from the sanctuary; and the birds of the air seem nearer God than he is. IV. IT ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 84:1-12

The psalm falls into three equal stanzas or strophes, each of four verses, the ends of the first and second stanzas being shown by the pause mark, "selah." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 84:1-12

The soul's sweet home. This is one of the Korahite psalms, like Psalms 42:1-11 ; Psalms 43:1-5 ; and some eight others. The late Dean Plumptre, in his 'Biblical Studies,' pp. 163-166, gives reasons for concluding that they all belong to the reign of Hezekiah, and were written by members of the Levitical family of Korah. One or more of them, it may be, hindered by the presence of the army of Sennacherib from going up to the temple, as they had been wont to do, pours out his grief in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 84:7

They go from strength to strength. Their spiritual course is one of continually greater vitality and vigour. Every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. Either "Each in his turn appears to render thanks and praise before God's holy seat on Mount Zion;" or "Each in his turn shall appear before God's throne in the true Zion, heaven." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 84:7

Stages of spiritual progress. "The very journeys to the temple, often toilsome and hazardous, take on a certain sacredness from memory, imagination, and desire, insomuch that they can say that 'the highways to Zion are in their hearts.' They remember how they wept with vague, almost joyful emotion as they passed through the valley of Baca, and how they went 'from strength to strength,' that is, grew stronger and stronger, more and more joyful, as they topped the hills round about... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 84:7

They go from strength to strength ... - Margin,” company to company.” The Septuagint and Vulgate, “They go from strength to strength; the God of gods is seen in Zion.” Luther, “They obtain one victory after another, that one must see that there is a righteous God in Zion.” DeWette, “Going they increase in strength, until they appear before God in Zion.” This last is doubtless the true idea. As they pass along, as they come nearer and nearer to the end of their journey, their strength, their... read more

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