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Verses of Psalms 97

Psalms 97 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Once more the Psalmist celebrates Jehovah’s recent manifestation of His sovereignty. In Psalms 96 the universality of His kingdom, here the judgement by which it has been manifested, is the prominent thought.

i. Earth is bidden to rejoice at the establishment of Jehovah’s kingdom. The awfulness of His Advent, the moral foundation of His rule, and the irresistibleness of His might are described (Psa 97:1-3).

ii. But lately the earth has trembled at His Presence; His righteousness and His majesty have been openly proclaimed (Psa 97:4-6).

iii. The idol-worshippers and their pretended gods are put to shame, while Zion rejoices in His triumph (Psa 97:7-9).

iv. Let Israel respond to His call by dutiful obedience and glad thanksgiving (Psa 97:10-12).

Thus the Psalm consists, like Psalms 96, of four equal stanzas. The first two describe the coming of Jehovah to judgement, in symbolic language borrowed from descriptions of the great Theophanies of old; the last two describe its consequences for Israel and for the nations.

The author of this Psalm was not an original poet, but he was a masterly hymn-writer. There is scarcely a phrase in the Psalm which is not borrowed; but he combines the language of earlier Psalmists and Prophets into a “costly mosaic” with a skill which is worthy of the occasion. He makes us feel that he has been deeply moved, and inspired to recognise the greatness of the crisis.

In the LXX the Psalm is entitled ( A Psalm) of David, when his land was restored [54] . The latter part of this title rightly points to the Restoration from Babylon as the occasion of the Psalm.

[54] For καθίσταται , Vulg. restituta est, cf. Isa 49:8, τοῦ καταστῆσαι τὴν γῆν

Verses of Psalms 97

Consult other comments:

Psalms 97:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Psalms 97:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Psalms 97:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Psalms 97:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Psalms 97:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Psalms 97:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 97:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Psalms 97:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Psalms 97:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges