Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
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.
1. Make . . . noise--or, "Shout."
2. his name--as in
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.
3, 4. A specimen of the praise.
submit--(Compare Margin), show a forced subjection
produced by terror.
5, 6. The terrible works illustrated in Israel's history
By this example let rebels be admonished.
7. behold the nations--watch their conduct.
8, 9. Here is, perhaps, cited a case of recent deliverance.
9. holdeth . . . in life--literally, "putteth our soul in life"; that
is, out of danger
(Ps 30:3; 49:15).
to be moved--(Compare
Ps 10:6; 55:22).
10-12. Out of severe trials, God had brought them to safety
11. affliction--literally, "pressure," or, as in
"oppression," which, laid on the
loins--the seat of strength
enfeebles the frame.
12. men to ride over our heads--made us to pass.
through fire, &c.--figures describing prostration and critical
wealthy--literally, "overflowing," or, "irrigated," and hence fertile.
13-15. These full and varied offerings constitute the payment of
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.
16-20. With these he unites his public thanks, inviting those who fear
(Ps 60:4; 61:5,
His true worshippers) to hear. He vindicates his sincerity, inasmuch as
God would not hear hypocrites, but had heard him.
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.
18. If I regard iniquity in my heart--literally, "see iniquity with