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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 96:1-9

These verses will be best expounded by pious and devout affections working in our souls towards God, with a high veneration for his majesty and transcendent excellency. The call here given us to praise God is very lively, the expressions are raised and repeated, to all which the echo of a thankful heart should make agreeable returns. I. We are here required to honour God, 1. With songs, Ps. 96:1, 2. Three times we are here called to sing unto the Lord; sing to the Father, to the Son, to the... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 96:10-13

We have here instructions given to those who were to preach the gospel to the nations what to preach, or to those who had themselves received the gospel what account to give of it to their neighbours, what to say among the heathen; and it is an illustrious prophecy of the setting up of the kingdom of Christ upon the ruins of the devil's kingdom, which began immediately after his ascension and will continue in the doing till the mystery of God be finished. I. Let it be told that the Lord... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:4

For the Lord is great ,.... In the perfections of his nature; in the works of his hands, of creation, providence, and redemption; and in the several offices he bears and executes: and greatly to be praised ; because of his greatness and glory; See Gill on Psalm 48:1 , he is to be feared above all gods ; the angels by whom he is worshipped; civil magistrates, among whom he presides, and judges; and all the fictitious deities of the Gentiles, who are not to be named with him, and to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:5

For all the gods of the nations are idols ,.... Or are "nothings" F15 אלילים "nihila", Tigurine version, Cocceius, Michaelis. , nonentities; such as have not, and never had, any being, at least many of them, but in the fancies of men; and all of them such as have no divinity in them; an idol is nothing in the world , 1 Corinthians 8:4 , but the Lord made the heavens ; and all the hosts of them, the sun, moon, and stars; these are the curious workmanship of his fingers, and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:6

Honour and majesty are before him ,.... He being set down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, and having honour and majesty laid upon him; being arrayed in robes of majesty, crowned with glory and honour, sitting on the same throne of glory with his Father, and having a sceptre of righteousness in his hand, and all the forms and ensigns of royalty and majesty about him; rays of light and glory darting from him; as well as those glorious and bright forms before him;... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:7

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people ,.... Or families F16 משפחות "familiae", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c.; : the Targum is, "give unto the Lord a song, ye families of the people;' by whom are meant not the tribes and families of the people of Israel, but the Gentiles, the nations of the world, who were to be blessed in the seed of Abraham, the family of Egypt, and others; see Amos 3:2 , Zechariah 14:17 , even such as were chosen... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:8

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name ,.... Or "the glory of his name" F17 כבוד שמו "gloriam nominis ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus; so Ainsworth, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. ; whose name is glorious and excellent, because of his nature and perfections, because of the works done by him, and because of his benefits and blessings bestowed on his creatures; wherefore it is his due, and their duty, to give him glory; See Gill on Psalm 29:2 ; see Gill on ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:9

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness ,.... See Gill on Psalm 29:2 , in this and the three preceding verses there is a manifest allusion to the form of addresses made to kings in the eastern nations; who being arrayed, and seated in a majestic manner, with all the marks of royal honour and dignity about them, whom their subjects approach with ascriptions of glory to them; bringing presents in their hands, and bowing down to the ground before them, as the word F18 השתחוו ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 96:10

Say among the Heathen ,.... This is a direction to such as were converted to Christ among the Jews, or were first called out from among the Gentiles; or to the ministers of the word, the apostles and first preachers of the Gospel more especially, who were sent into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature, that a people from among them might he taken for the Lord: that the Lord reigneth ; whose Gospel should be received and obeyed, and his ordinances submitted to; who now... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 96:4

He is to be feared above all gods - I think the two clauses of this verse should be read thus: - Jehovah is great, and greatly to be praised. Elohim is to be feared above all. I doubt whether the word אלהים Elohim is ever, by fair construction, applied to false gods or idols. The contracted form in the following verse appears to have this meaning. read more

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