Psalm 47:7
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English Standard Version
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

King James Bible
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

American Standard Version
For God is the King of all the earth: Sing ye praises with understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye wisely.

English Revised Version
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 47:2-4) "Thereupon the fear of Elohim" - so closes the chronicler (2 Chronicles 20:29) the narrative of the defeat of the confederates - "came upon all kingdoms of the countries, when they heard that Jahve had fought against the enemies of Israel." The psalmist, however, does not in consequence or this particular event call upon them to tremble with fear, but to rejoice; for fear is an involuntary, extorted inward emotion, but joy a perfectly voluntary one. The true and final victory of Jahve consists not in a submission that is brought about by war and bloodshed and in consternation that stupefies the mind, but in a change in the minds and hearts of the peoples, so that they render joyful worship unto Him. In order that He may thus become the God of all peoples, He has first of all become the God of Israel; and Israel longs that this the purpose of its election may be attained. Out of this longing springs the call in Psalm 47:2. The peoples are to show the God of revelation their joy by their gestures and their words; for Jahve is absolutely exalted (עליון, here it is a predicate, just as in Psalm 78:56 it is an attribute), terrible, and the sphere of His dominion has Israel for its central point, not, however, for its limit, but it extends over the whole earth. Everything must do homage to Him in His own people, whether willingly or by constraint. According to the tenses employed, what is affirmed in Psalm 47:4 appears to be a principle derived from their recent experience, inasmuch as the contemporary fact is not expressed in an historical form, but generalized and idealised. But יבחר, Psalm 47:5, is against this, since the choosing (election) is an act done once for all and not a continued act; we are therefore driven to regard the futures, as in Numbers 23:7; Judges 2:1, as a statement of historical facts. Concerning ידבּר, He bent, made to stoop, vid., Psalm 18:48. There is now no necessity for altering יבחר into ירחב, and more especially since this is not suited to the fact which has given occasion to the Psalm. On the contrary, יבחר presupposes that in the event of the day God has shown Himself to be a faithful and powerful Lord [lit. feudal Lord] of the land of Israel; the hostile confederation had thought of nothing less than driving Israel entirely out of its inheritance (2 Chronicles 20:11). The Holy Land is called the pride (גּאון) of Jacob, as being the gift of grace of which this, the people of God's love, can boast. In Amos 6:8 גאון יעקב has a different meaning (of the sin of pride), and again another sense in Nahum 2:3 (of the glory of all Israel in accordance with the promise); here it is similar to Isaiah 13:19. את has a conjunctive accent instead of being followed by Makkeph, as in Psalm 60:2; Proverbs 3:12 (these are the only three instances). The strophe which follows supports the view that the poet, in Psalm 47:5, has a recent act of God before his mind.

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Psalm 47:2,8 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth...

Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying...


1 Corinthians 14:14,15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful...

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

with understanding. or, every one that hath understanding

Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:15
What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

Psalm 22:28
For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Psalm 98:6
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

Obadiah 1:21
Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.

Zechariah 14:9
And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.

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