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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 117

Trapp's Complete CommentaryTrapp's Commentary

Verse 1

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

O praise the Lord, all ye nations — viz. For Christ, that gift, John 4:10 , that benefit, 1 Timothy 6:2 , that desire of all nations, Haggai 2:7 , that good tidings of great joy to all people, Luke 2:10 , who are by him received into the glory of God, Romans 15:7 ; Romans 15:11 , where the apostle thus applieth this Scripture; and the Jewish doctors confess that this short and sweet psalm is to be understood de beneficiis Messiae, of Christ and his benefits (Kimchi).

Praise him, all ye peopleLaudationibus commendate emn, so Tremellius rendereth it; praise him with a force, and, as it were, with a violence, with all your might; ye cannot possibly overdo.

Verse 2

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

For his merciful kindness is greatInvaluit, hath prevailed over us, breaking through all obstacles and impediments, whether within us or without us, eating its way through all rocks and remoras; and though we would put it back, yet it will overcome us; his grace is irresistible, neither can it ever be taken away.

And the truth of the Lord — As his mercy alone moved him to make promise, so his truth bindeth him to perform the same. See 2 Samuel 7:18 ; 2 Samuel 7:21 . The word of promise bindeth God, and, therefore, it may seem to be stronger than God. If his merciful kindness prevail over us, as Psalms 117:1 , his truth prevaileth over him. The Jewish doctors observe that the word Emeth, here used for truth, consisteth of Aleph, the first letter of the alphabet; Mem, the middlemost letter thereof; and Tau, the last: to show that as God is Alpha and Omega, so the truth of God is the all in all of our comfort. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ; this is the sum of all the good news in the world.

Bibliographical Information
Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 117". Trapp's Complete Commentary. https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jtc/psalms-117.html. 1865-1868.
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