Compare Translations for Psalm 47:2

Psalm 47:2 ASV
For Jehovah Most High is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 BBE
For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 CEB
Because the LORD Most High is awesome, he is the great king of the whole world.
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Psalm 47:2 CJB
For ADONAI 'Elyon is awesome, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 RHE
(46-3) For the Lord is high, terrible: a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 ESV
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 GW
We must fear the LORD, the Most High. He is the great king of the whole earth.
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Psalm 47:2 GNT
The Lord, the Most High, is to be feared; he is a great king, ruling over all the world.
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Psalm 47:2 HNV
For the LORD Elyon is awesome. He is a great King over all the eretz.
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Psalm 47:2 CSB
For the Lord Most High is awe-inspiring, a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 KJV
For the LORD most high is terrible ; he is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 LEB
For Yahweh Most High [is] awesome, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 NAS
For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 NIRV
How wonderful is the LORD Most High! He is the great King over the whole earth.
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Psalm 47:2 NIV
How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth!
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Psalm 47:2 NKJV
For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 NLT
For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 NRS
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 RSV
For the LORD, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 DBY
For Jehovah, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 MSG
God Most High is stunning, astride land and ocean.
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Psalm 47:2 WBT
For the LORD most high [is] terrible; [he is] a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 TMB
For the LORD Most High is to be feared; He is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 TNIV
For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 WEB
For Yahweh Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:2 WYC
For the Lord is high and fearedful; a great king on all earth. (For the Most High Lord is to be feared/For the Most High Lord is to be revered; a great King over all the earth.)
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Psalm 47:2 YLT
For Jehovah Most High [is] fearful, A great king over all the earth.
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Psalms 47 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 47

The people exhorted to praise God.

Verses 1-4 The God with whom we have to do, is a God of awful majesty. The universal and absolute sovereignty of a holy God would be too terrible for us even to think of, were it not exercised by his Son from a mercy-seat; but now it is only terrible to the workers of iniquity. While his people express confidence and joy, and animate each other in serving him, let sinners submit to his authority, and accept his salvation. Jesus Christ shall subdue the Gentiles; he shall bring them as sheep into the fold, not for slaughter, but for preservation. He shall subdue their affections, and make them a willing people in the day of his power. Also it speaks of his giving them rest and settlement. Apply this spiritually; the Lord himself has undertaken to be the inheritance of his people. It shows the faith and submission of the saints. This is the language of every gracious soul, The Lord shall choose my inheritance for me; he knows what is good for me better than I do.

Verses 5-9 Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent and abundant. But here is a needful rule; Sing ye praises with understanding. As those that understand why and for what reasons they praise God, and what is the meaning of the service. It is not an acceptable service, if it is not a reasonable service. We are never to forget the end of Messiah's exaltation, so continually do the prophets dwell upon the conversion of the nations to the gospel of Christ. Why do we vainly fancy that we belong to him, unless the Spirit reign in our hearts by faith? Lord, is it not thy glory and delight to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins, now that thou art exalted as a Prince and a Saviour? Set up thy kingdom in our hearts. Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And so sweetly constrain all the powers and faculties of the souls of thy redeemed, into holy love, fear, and delight in thee, that praise with the understanding may rise from every heart, both here and for ever, to Thee, our God.

Psalms 47 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 47

Psalms 47:1-9 . Praise is given to God for victory, perhaps that recorded ( 2 Chronicles 20:20-30 ); and His dominions over all people, Jews and Gentiles, is asserted.

1. clap . . . hands . . . people--literally, "peoples," or "nations" (compare Deuteronomy 32:43 , Psalms 18:49 , 98:9 ).

2, 3. His universal sovereignty now exists, and will be made known.

3. under us--that is, His saints; Israel's temporal victories were types of the spiritual conquests of the true Church.

4. He shall . . . inheritance--the heathen to be possessed by His Church ( Psalms 2:8 ), as Canaan by the Jews.
excellency of Jacob--literally, "pride," or, that in which he glories (not necessarily, though often, in a bad sense), the privileges of the chosen people--
whom he loved--His love being the sole cause of granting them.

5-7. God, victorious over His enemies, reascends to heaven, amid the triumphant praises of His people, who celebrate His sovereign dominion. This sovereignty is what the Psalm teaches; hence he adds,
sing . . . praises with understanding--literally, "sing and play an instructive (Psalm)." The whole typifies Christ's ascension (compare Psalms 68:18 ).

8, 9. The instruction continued.
throne of . . . holiness--or, "holy throne"

9. princes--who represent peoples. For--
even--supply, "as," or, "to"--that is, they all become united under covenant with Abraham's God.
shields--as in Hosea 4:18 , "rulers" [Margin].