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not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever" Ex. 14:13. "The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day" Is. 3:17. II Selah. Verses 1, 7.
For the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
The occasion of this psalm was probably the great deliverance of Israel from the Moabites and Ammonites recorded in 2 Chr. 20:1-30.
All nations called upon to praise Christ as their King.
I Shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Verse 5. 2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. Ps. 98. "The LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible" Deut. 7:21. See 2 Chr. 20:6. "The fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel" 2 Chr. 20:29. "He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" Rev. 19:16.
3 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you "2 Chr. 20:17.
4 Lit. He chose for us our inheritance, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Verse 1. "They came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD " 2 Chr. 20:28.
6 Ps. 150. "And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high" 2 Chr. 20:19. See 2 Chr. 20:21.
7 See Zech. 14:9; 1 Cor. 14:15.
9 Lit. The princes of the peoples are gathered together, as a people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted. "It shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory" Is. 66:18.
Ps. XLVII. Some consider the occasion of this psalm to be the bringing up of the Ark to Zion (2 Sam. 6:15). Title. Sons of Korah; see Ps. 42, title, n. 3 Shall subdue; lit. subdued. 4 Excellency of Jacob; i. e. the Holy Land. 8 Seat, K. J. throne. 9 Shields, i. e. rulers; see Hos. 4:18 (marg.).
the earth, as it were with a shield.
Prop. Ps. Asc. E. Am. P. B. vv. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, in Anth. Asc. Int. Asc. Eng. P. B. 1552, 1604 and Scotch P. B. 1637, Prop. Ps. Whitsun. M. Sar. and Rom. Trin. Rom., Epiph., Asc., Days Ap. & Ev.; vv. 1, 2, 7th Sun. af. Pent.; vv. 1, 8, Sun. af. Asc. Gk. vv. 1-3, 5, Asc. S. (Tues.). Hy. 120. See p. x.
PSALM XLVIII. Magnus Dominus.
GREAT is the LORD, and highly
147:5 to be praised in the city of our 87:2 96:4 God, even upon his holy hill. 2 The hill of Sion is a fair 68:15,16 place, and the joy of the whole 87:1 earth: upon the north side lieth 133:34 the city of the great King: God 46:5 is well known in her palaces as a sure refuge.
3 For lo, the kings of the earth : are gathered, and gone by together.
4 They marvelled to see such things: they were astonished, and suddenly cast down.
5 Fear came there upon them; and sorrow as upon a woman in her travail.
6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : through the east-wind. 7 Like as we have heard, so 69:36 have we seen in the city of the 127:1 LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God upholdeth the same for ever.
8 We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God in the midst of thy temple.
9 O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
The general occasion of this psalm is probably the same as that of the preceding. It may have been designed as a Thanksgiving in the Temple after the return to Jerusalem. Beauty and Security of the City of God. CHRIST THE PROTECTOR OF HIS CHURCH.
I "And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD" 2 Chr. 20:28. "In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it" Mic. 4:1.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. Lit. God hath made himself known in her palaces for a refuge.
4 Lit. They saw (i. e. Jerusalem); immediately they were amazed; they were terrified, they fled.
5 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
6 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. "Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber" Kin. 22:48. See 2 Chr. 20:35-37..
7 God will establish it for ever. Selah. "I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
S. Mat. 16:18.
8 We have thought of thy loving-kindness.
"From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering" Mal. 1:11.
Ps. XLVIII. Title. Sons of Korah; see Ps. 42, title, n. 2 The joy of the whole earth; these words are quoted in Lam. 2:15. Situation, lit. elevation. "To the traveller approaching Jerusalem from the west or east, it must always have presented the appearance beyond any other capital of the then known world-we may add, beyond any important city that has ever existed on the earth-of a mountain city."Stanley. 6 Tarshish; a city probably in the south of Spain.
world's end: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
10 Let the Mount Sion rejoice, 97:8 and the daughter of Judah be glad: because of thy judgments. II Walk about Sion, and go round about her and tell the towers thereof.
13 For this God is our God for 73:23 ever and ever: he shall be our
guide unto death.
12 Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houses: that ye may tell them that come after.
Prop. Ps. Whitsun. M.; v. 1, in 3d Cant. Prayers at Sea. Sar. v. 1, 20th Sun. af. Pent.; VV. I, 8, 9, Purif. Sar. and Rom. Cons. Ch. Rom., Christmas, Whitsun., Trin.; vv. 1, 8, 9, 8th Sun. af. Pent. Gk. vv. 1-3, Asc. S. (Sat.). Hy. 196. In Temple, 2d Day Wk. See p. x.
Audite hæc, omnes.
O HEAR ye this, all ye people: ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the world;
2 High and low, rich and poor: one with another.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom and my heart shall muse of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to the para able: and show my dark speech upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of wickedness: and when the wickedness of my heels compasseth me round about?
6 There be some that put their trust in their goods: and boast
10 Ps. 87. See 2 Chr. 20:27.
12 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
13 Lit. He himself will be our guide over death.
"Say, This is God, our own true God
And yet for ever: even o'er death
Our Guide and Guard is He."-Keble.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand" S. Jo. 10:27, 28. "I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Rom. 8:38, 39. "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Cor. 15:55, 57.
PSALMS OF INSTRUCTION. (XLIX-L.)
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
The hope of redemption for those who serve God, and the end of those who serve Mammon. Compare Book of Ecclesiastes.
CHRIST BOTH THE RANSOM AND THE JUDGE of the World. Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world.'
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
"I stoop, mine ear to fill
With a dark strain; my harp would try
66 Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth" 1 Sam. 3:9. Riches cannot secure an earthly immortality, nor save from death. VV. 5-12.
"There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt Eccles. 5:13. "Riches profit not in the day of wrath" Prov. 11:4.
10 Daughter, K. J. daughters, i. e. cities and villages. 13 What is death but a mere point in our everlasting relation to Him, over which He Himself like a tender Shepherd leads us?"-Dr. Pusey. Collect for Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Ps. XLIX. Title. Sons of Korah; see Ps. 42, title, n. The solemn theme of this psalm is introduced by the last word of the preceding. 4 "To incline the ear" is an act significant of ready obedience. 5 Heels; this word is here used for whatever dogs or hurts the heels, as a serpent in the path. "Thou shalt bruise his heel" Gen. 3:15. An adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels" Gen. 49:17. 6 Collect for S. Matthew's Day.