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113. Psalm 113
1Praise ye Jehovah.
Praise, O ye servants of Jehovah,
Praise the name of Jehovah.
2Blessed be the name of Jehovah
From this time forth and for evermore.
3From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
Jehovah's name is to be praised.
4Jehovah is high above all nations,
And his glory above the heavens.
5Who is like unto Jehovah our God,
That hath his seat on high,
6That humbleth himself ato behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
7He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
And lifteth up the needy from the dunghill;
8That he may set him with princes,
Even with the princes of his people.
9He maketh the barren woman to keep house,
And to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye Jehovah.
5 Who is like unto Jehovah our God The prophet strengthens his position for the celebration of God’s praises, by contrasting the height of his glory and power with his unbounded goodness. Not that his goodness can be separated from his glory; but this distinction is made out of regard to men, who would not be able to endure his majesty, were he not kindly to humble himself, and gently and kindly draw us towards him. The amount is, that God’s dwelling above the heavens, at such a distance from us, does not prevent him from showing himself to be near at hand, and plainly providing for our welfare; and, in saying that God is exalted above the heavens, he magnifies his mercy towards men, whose condition is mean and despicable, and informs us that he might righteously hold even angels in contempt, were it not that, moved by paternal regard, he condescends to take them under his care. If in regard to angels he humble himself, what is to be said in regard to men, who, grovelling upon the earth, are altogether filthy? Is it asked, whether or not God fills heaven and earth? The answer is obvious. The words of the prophet simply mean, that God may trample the noblest of his creatures under his feet, or rather that, by reason of their infinite distance, he may entirely disregard them. In short, we must conclude that it is not from our proximity to him, but from his own free choice, that he condescends to make us the objects of his peculiar care.