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136. Psalm 136

1Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

2Oh give thanks unto the God of gods;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

3Oh give thanks unto the Lord of lords;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

4To him who alone doeth great wonders;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

5To him that by understanding made the heavens;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

6To him that spread forth the earth above the waters;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

7To him that made great lights;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

8The sun to rule by day;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

9The moon and stars to rule by night;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

10To him that smote Egypt in their first-born;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

11And brought out Israel from among them;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

12With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

13To him that divided the Red Sea in sunder;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

14And made Israel to pass through the midst of it;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

15But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

16To him that led his people through the wilderness;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

17To him that smote great kings;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

18And slew famous kings;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

19Sihon king of the Amorites;

For his lovingkindness endureth forever;

20And Og king of Bashan;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

21And gave their land for a heritage;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

22Even a heritage unto Israel his servant;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

23Who remembered us in our low estate;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever;

24And hath delivered us from our adversaries;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever:

25Who giveth food to all flesh;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

26Oh give thanks unto the God of heaven;

For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

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13. Who divided the Red Sea I have already (Psalm 106:7) spoken of the word סוף, suph, and have not therefore hesitated to render it the Red Sea The Psalmist speaks of divisions in the plural number, which has led some Jewish authors to conjecture that there must have been more passages than one — an instance of their solemn trifling in firings of which they know nothing, and of their method of corrupting the Scriptures entirely with their vain fancies. ‘We may well laugh at such fooleries, yet we are to hold them at the same time in detestation; for there can be no doubt that the Rabbinical writers were led to this by the devil, as an artful way of discrediting the Scriptures. Moses plainly and explicitly asserts that the heaps of waters stood up on both sides, from which we infer that the space between was one and undivided. 176176     “Dont nous pouvons bien recueillir que l’espace d’entre deux estoit sans aucune separation.” — Fr. But as the people passed through in troops, and not one by one, the pathway being so broad as to admit of their passing freely men and women, with their families and cattle, the Psalmist very properly mentions divisions, with a reference to the people who passed through, this circumstance not a little enhancing the mercy of God, that they saw large depths or channels dried up, so that they had no difficulty in advancing in troops abreast. Another circumstance which confirmed or enhanced the mercy shown, was, that Pharaoh was shortly afterwards drowned; for the very different issue proved that it could not be owing to any hidden cause of a merely natural kind, that some should have perished, while others passed over with entire safety. The distinction made afforded a conspicuous display of God’s mercy in saving his people. Much is included in the single expression that God was the leader of his people through the wilderness. It was only by a succession of miracles of various kinds that they could have been preserved for forty years in a parched wilderness, where they were destitute of all the means of subsistence. So that we are to comprehend, under what is here stated, the various proofs of divine goodness and power which are mentioned by Moses as having been vouchsafed, in feeding his people with bread from heaven — in making water to flow from the rock — in protecting them under the cloud from the heat of the sun — giving them a sign of his presence in the pillar of fire — preserving their raiment entire — shielding them and their little ones in their exile wanderings under tents of leaves, 177177     “Sous des logettes de feuilles.” — Fr. with innumerable other instances of mercy which must occur to the reader.




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