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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 89:5-14

These verses are full of the praises of God. Observe, I. Where, and by whom, God is to be praised. 1. God is praised by the angels above: The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord! Ps. 89:5; that is, ?the glorious inhabitants of the upper world continually celebrate thy praises.? Bless the Lord, you his angels, Ps. 103:20. The works of God are wonders even to those that are best acquainted and most intimately conversant with them; the more God's works are known the more they are admired and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain ,.... Or Egypt, as in Psalm 87:4 or the Egyptians, and particularly Pharaoh their king; so the Targum explains it, "Rahab or the proud one, this is Pharaoh the wicked;' who and his people were broken to pieces by the plagues that were brought upon them, especially when all their firstborn were slain; and he and his host were broke in pieces at the Red sea, and were seen by the Israelites on the shore, all dead men; and this was... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab - Thou hast destroyed the power of Egypt, having overthrown the king and its people when they endeavored to prevent thy people from regaining their liberty. As one that is slain - The whole clause in the original is, רהב כחלל דכאת אתה attah dikkitha kechalal Rahab , "Thou, like a hero, hast broken down Egypt." Dr. Kennicott has largely proved that חלל chalal , which we render wounded, slain, etc., means a soldier, warrior, hero; and it is certain that this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:1-52

Psalms 89:52 is no part of the psalm, but the doxology which concludes the Book. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:1-52

The general subject— God's promise to David and his seed but the present state of things is a bitter contrast to the promise, and a prayer that God would remove the contrast. Suggests— I. THAT GOD HAS ENTERED INTO A GRAND COVENANT WITH MANKIND . Given us the greatest and most precious promises. 1 . Promises that relate to our highest nature. "I will be a Father to them, and ye shall be my sons and daughters." 2 . That relate to our greatest calamity. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:5-37

The psalmist carries out the intention proclaimed in Psalms 89:1 , and proceeds to "sing of the mercies of the Lord" at great length. His song of praise divides into two portions. From Psalms 89:5 to Psalms 89:18 it is a general laudation of the Almighty for his greatness in heaven ( Psalms 89:5-7 ), in nature ( Psalms 89:9 , Psalms 89:11 , Psalms 89:12 ), and in the course of his rule on earth ( Psalms 89:10 , Psalms 89:13-18 ), after which it passes into a laudation of him... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces; or, "thou didst break" once upon a time, i.e. at the Exodus. (For the designation of Egypt under the term "Rahab," i.e. "arrogant," see Job 9:13 ; Job 26:12 ; Psalms 87:4 ; Isaiah 51:9 .) As one that is slain ; i.e. completely, utterly. Thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm (see Exodus 14:27-31 ; Exodus 15:6 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces - Margin, “Egypt.” See the notes at Psalms 87:4. The reference is to the exodus of the Hebrew people, when he destroyed the power of Egypt.As one that is slain - Slain on the field of battle; as a man pierced through with a sword or spear.Thou hast scattered thine enemies - At the time referred to, in Egypt; and at other times, when the enemies of God and of his people had been discomfited.With thy strong arm - Margin, as in Hebrew, the arm of thy strength. That... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 89:8-10

Psalms 89:8-10. Who is a strong Lord like unto thee? Who is equal to thee in power, or, as it follows, in faithfulness. Or to thy faithfulness round about thee Hebrew, and thy faithfulness is round about thee, encompassing and adorning thee like a girdle. It appears in all thy paths and actions, in thy words and works. Thou rulest the raging of the sea Giving commands, and setting bounds to its waves when they are most impetuous and unruly. Thou hast broken Rahab Egypt, as Psalms... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 89:1-52

Psalms 89:0 Remember the covenant with DavidApparently Israel had suffered some military setback that threatened its existence. This caused some people to think that God had forsaken his anointed king. The psalmist therefore recalls the covenant promise God made to David to preserve his dynasty for ever, and on the basis of this he claims God’s help (1-4; see 2 Samuel 7:8-16).Before speaking further of the covenant, the psalmist praises God for his majesty and greatness. None among the... read more

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