The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 104:16
The trees of the Lord are full of sap…
Or "satiated" F19;
that is, with rain; and through it are filled with fruits. This is to
be understood not only of the tallest and largest trees; which are
therefore called the trees of the Lord, as high mountains are called
the mountains of the Lord, (Psalms 36:6) and so other things excellent in
their kind: but of trees of the field and forest; so the Septuagint,
Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions; which are not planted and
cultivated by man, as trees in gardens and orchards are; but are more
especially under the care and cultivation of the Lord himself, and may
design such as were produced by him at the creation.
The cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted;
a mountain on the borders
of Judea, so called from its whiteness, through the snow on it, as the
Alps are; and where grew great quantities of large and spreading
cedars, which were not of man's, but of the Lord's planting: these were
watered and made to grow with the rain of heaven. Rauwolff F20, who was
upon this mountain in 1574, says,
``though this hill in former ages has been quite covered over
with cedars, yet they are so decreased, that I could tell,
says he, no more but twenty four, that stood round about in
a circle; and two others, the branches whereof are quite
decayed with age.''
But Thevenot F21, who has been there since, affirms there are no more nor
less than twenty three, great and small; of the largeness, thickness,
and height of these trees, (See Gill on 37:24). Saints are often
compared to trees, which are planted by the Lord in Christ, and in his
churches; and particularly to cedars, for their height, strength, and
durableness; see (Psalms 92:13,14) , and these, through the grace of God,
are full of sap and spiritual life, and are filled with the fruits of
righteousness, and are often represented as planted and growing by
rivers of water; see (Numbers 24:6) (Psalms 1:3) (Jeremiah 17:8) .
F19 (webvy) "satiantur", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator,
Cocceius; so Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
F20 Travels, par. 2. ch. 13. p. 191.
F21 Travels, par. 1. B. 2. ch. 60. p. 224.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 104:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=104&verse=016>. 1999.