Verses of Psalms 65

Psalms 65 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

A hymn of praise, intended probably to be sung at the presentation of the firstfruits at the Passover (Lev 23:10-14) in a year of exceptional promise. It is clear from the allusions to the gathering of the people to the Temple ( Psa 65:2 ; Psa 65:4) that it was composed for use at one of the great festivals, and as the corn was still in the fields ( Psa 65:13) the later festivals of Pentecost or Harvest and Tabernacles or Ingathering are excluded.

Was the Psalm written for any special occasion? Not only does the poet see before him the promise of a more than ordinarily bountiful harvest, but the recollection of a great national deliverance seems to be fresh in his mind ( Psa 65:5 ff). Accordingly Delitzsch thinks that the spring of the third year foretold by Isaiah (Isa 37:30), when the retreat of the Assyrians had left the Israelites once more free to till their fields in peace, offers the most appropriate historical basis for the Psalm. This view gains support from the coincidences of thought and language with Psalms 46, which belongs to that time, and with Isaiah, as well as from the general similarity of the Ps. to Psalms 66, which there are good reasons for connecting with the deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrians.

The Psalm consists of three nearly equal stanzas.

i. It is meet that a grateful people should gather in the Temple to offer their praises to the Hearer of prayer to whom all mankind may have access. Sin indeed unfits them to approach God, but He Himself will make atonement for them. In the blessings of His house they will find their highest happiness (Psa 65:1-4).

ii. Israel’s God is the one true trust of all mankind. He created and sustains the world; and He controls the nations in it as He controls its natural forces. The signs of His power inspire universal awe and joy (Psa 65:5-8).

iii. And now in particular Israel has to acknowledge God’s loving bounty in the rich abundance with which He has blessed the year (Psa 65:9-13).

Some MSS. of the LXX and the Vulg. contain the curious addition to the title; ‘a song of Jeremiah and Ezekiel and the people of the captivity (lit. sojourning) when they were about to set forth,’ but it does not appear to have been part of the original LXX.

This and the three following Psalms bear the double title Song and Psalm. Cp. 48, 75, 76, &c. Song is the older term for a hymn intended to be sung in public worship. Cp. Isa 30:29; Amo 8:3.

Verses of Psalms 65

Consult other comments:

Psalms 65:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Psalms 65:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Psalms 65:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Psalms 65:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Psalms 65:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Psalms 65:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 65:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Psalms 65:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Psalms 65:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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