Ps 66:1-20. The writer invites all men to unite in
praise, cites some striking occasions for it, promises special acts of
thanksgiving, and celebrates God's great mercy.
1. Make … noise—or, "Shout."
2. his name—as in Ps 29:2.
make his praise glorious—literally,
"place honor, His praise," or, "as to His praise"; that is, let His
praise be such as will glorify Him, or, be honorable to Him.
3, 4. A specimen of the praise.
How terrible—(Compare Ps 65:8).
submit—(Compare Margin), show a
forced subjection (Ps 18:44),
produced by terror.
5, 6. The terrible works illustrated in
Israel's history (Ex 14:21).
By this example let rebels be admonished.
7. behold the nations—watch their
8, 9. Here is, perhaps, cited a case of recent
9. holdeth … in life—literally,
"putteth our soul in life"; that is, out of danger (Ps 30:3;
to be moved—(Compare Ps 10:6;
10-12. Out of severe trials, God had brought
them to safety (compare Isa 48:10; 1Pe 1:7).
11. affliction—literally, "pressure,"
or, as in Ps
55:3, "oppression," which,
laid on the
loins—the seat of strength (De 33:11), enfeebles the frame.
12. men to ride over our heads—made us
through fire, &c.—figures
describing prostration and critical dangers (compare Isa 43:2; Eze
wealthy—literally, "overflowing," or,
"irrigated," and hence fertile.
13-15. These full and varied offerings
constitute the payment of vows (Le 22:18-23).
15. I will offer—literally, "make to
ascend," alluding to the smoke of burnt offering, which explains the
use of "incense."
incense—elsewhere always denoting the
fumes of aromatics.
16-20. With these he unites his public thanks,
inviting those who fear God (Ps 60:4; 61:5, His true worshippers) to hear. He
vindicates his sincerity, inasmuch as God would not hear hypocrites,
but had heard him.
17. he was extolled with my
tongue—literally, "exaltation (was) under my tongue," as a
place of deposit, whence it proceeded; that is, honoring God was
18. If I regard iniquity in my
heart—literally, "see iniquity with pleasure."