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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 66

Psalms 66:1

psa 66:1

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. (Psa. 66:1-20)

Make . . . noise--or, "Shout."

Psalms 66:2

psa 66:2

his name--as in Psa 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.

Psalms 66:3

psa 66:3

A specimen of the praise.

How terrible--(Compare Psa 65:8).

submit--(Compare Margin), show a forced subjection (Psa 18:44), produced by terror.

Psalms 66:5

psa 66:5

The terrible works illustrated in Israel's history (Exo 14:21). By this example let rebels be admonished.

Psalms 66:7

psa 66:7

behold the nations--watch their conduct.

Psalms 66:8

psa 66:8

Here is, perhaps, cited a case of recent deliverance.

Psalms 66:9

psa 66:9

holdeth . . . in life--literally, "putteth our soul in life"; that is, out of danger (Psa 30:3; Psa 49:15).

to be moved--(Compare Psa 10:6; Psa 55:22).

Psalms 66:10

psa 66:10

Out of severe trials, God had brought them to safety (compare Isa 48:10; Pe1 1:7).

Psalms 66:11

psa 66:11

affliction--literally, "pressure," or, as in Psa 55:3, "oppression," which, laid on the

loins--the seat of strength (Deu 33:11), enfeebles the frame.

Psalms 66:12

psa 66:12

men to ride over our heads--made us to pass.

through fire, &c.--figures describing prostration and critical dangers (compare Isa 43:2; Eze 36:12).

wealthy--literally, "overflowing," or, "irrigated," and hence fertile.

Psalms 66:13

psa 66:13

These full and varied offerings constitute the payment of vows (Lev 22:18-23).

Psalms 66:15

psa 66:15

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.

Psalms 66:16

psa 66:16

With these he unites his public thanks, inviting those who fear God (Psa 60:4; Psa 61:5, His true worshippers) to hear. He vindicates his sincerity, inasmuch as God would not hear hypocrites, but had heard him.

Psalms 66:17

psa 66:17

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 habitual.

Psalms 66:18

psa 66:18

If I regard iniquity in my heart--literally, "see iniquity with pleasure."

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