Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
God's supreme sovereignty requires a befitting holiness of life and
heart in His worshippers; a sentiment sublimely illustrated by
describing His entrance into the sanctuary, by the symbol of His
worship--the ark, as requiring the most profound homage to the glory of
world--the habitable globe, with
they that dwell--forming a parallel expression to the first clause.
2. Poetically represents the facts of
3, 4. The form of a question gives vivacity. Hands, tongue, and
heart are organs of action, speech, and feeling, which compose
hill of the Lord--(compare
&c.). His Church--the true or invisible, as typified by the earthly
4. lifted up his soul--is to set the affections
on an object; here,
vanity--or, any false thing, of which swearing falsely, or
to falsehood, is a specification.
5. righteousness--the rewards which God bestows on His people, or the
grace to secure those rewards as well as the result.
6. Jacob--By "Jacob," we may understand God's people (compare
Isa 43:22; 44:2,
&c.), corresponding to "the generation," as if he had said, "those who
seek Thy face are Thy chosen people."
7-10. The entrance of the ark, with the attending procession, into
the holy sanctuary is pictured to us. The repetition of the terms gives
10. Lord of hosts--or fully, Lord God of hosts
describes God by a title indicative of supremacy over all creatures,
and especially the heavenly armies
Whether, as some think, the actual enlargement of the ancient gates of
Jerusalem be the basis of the figure, the effect of the whole is to
impress us with a conception of the matchless majesty of God.