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Psalm 76

Israel’s God—Judge of All the Earth

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

1

In Judah God is known,

his name is great in Israel.

2

His abode has been established in Salem,

his dwelling place in Zion.

3

There he broke the flashing arrows,

the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war.Selah

 

4

Glorious are you, more majestic

than the everlasting mountains.

5

The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;

they sank into sleep;

none of the troops

was able to lift a hand.

6

At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,

both rider and horse lay stunned.

 

7

But you indeed are awesome!

Who can stand before you

when once your anger is roused?

8

From the heavens you uttered judgment;

the earth feared and was still

9

when God rose up to establish judgment,

to save all the oppressed of the earth.Selah

 

10

Human wrath serves only to praise you,

when you bind the last bit of your wrath around you.

11

Make vows to the Lord your God, and perform them;

let all who are around him bring gifts

to the one who is awesome,

12

who cuts off the spirit of princes,

who inspires fear in the kings of the earth.


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Ps 76:1-12. On Neginoth—(See on Ps 4:1, title). This Psalm commemorates what the preceding anticipates: God's deliverance of His people by a signal interposition of power against their enemies. The occasion was probably the events narrated in 2Ki 19:35; Isa 37:1-28. (Compare Ps 46:1-11).

1, 2. These well-known terms denote God's people and Church and His intimate and glorious relations to them.

2. Salem—(Ge 14:18) is Jerusalem.

3. brake … the arrows—literally, "thunderbolts" (Ps 78:48), from their rapid flight or ignition (compare Ps 18:14; Eph 6:16).

the battle—for arms (Ho 2:18).

4. Thou—God.

mountains of prey—great victorious nations, as Assyria (Isa 41:15; Eze 38:11, 12; Zec 4:7).

5. slept their sleep—died (Ps 13:3).

none … found … hands—are powerless.

6. chariot and horse—for those fighting on them (compare Ps 68:17).

7. may … sight—contend with Thee (De 9:4; Jos 7:12).

8, 9. God's judgment on the wicked is His people's deliverance (Ps 9:12; 10:7).

10. Man's wrath praises God by its futility before His power.

restrain—or, "gird"; that is, Thyself, as with a sword, with which to destroy, or as an ornament to Thy praise.

11, 12. Invite homage to such a God (2Ch 32:23), who can stop the breath of kings and princes when He wills (Da 5:23).




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