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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 24

Psalms 24:1

psa 24:1

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 His Majesty. (Psa 24:1-10)


world--the habitable globe, with

they that dwell--forming a parallel expression to the first clause.

Psalms 24:2

psa 24:2

Poetically represents the facts of Gen 1:9.

Psalms 24:3

psa 24:3

The form of a question gives vivacity. Hands, tongue, and heart are organs of action, speech, and feeling, which compose character.

hill of the Lord--(compare Psa 2:6, &c.). His Church--the true or invisible, as typified by the earthly sanctuary.

Psalms 24:4

psa 24:4

lifted up his soul--is to set the affections (Psa 25:1) on an object; here,

vanity--or, any false thing, of which swearing falsely, or to falsehood, is a specification.

Psalms 24:5

psa 24:5

righteousness--the rewards which God bestows on His people, or the grace to secure those rewards as well as the result.

Psalms 24:6

psa 24:6

Jacob--By "Jacob," we may understand God's people (compare Isa 43:22; Isa 44:2, &c.), corresponding to "the generation," as if he had said, "those who seek Thy face are Thy chosen people."

Psalms 24:7

psa 24:7

The entrance of the ark, with the attending procession, into the holy sanctuary is pictured to us. The repetition of the terms gives emphasis.

Psalms 24:10

psa 24:10

Lord of hosts--or fully, Lord God of hosts (Hos 12:5; Amo 4:13), describes God by a title indicative of supremacy over all creatures, and especially the heavenly armies (Jos 5:14; Kg1 22:19). 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.

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