Psalms 148:11

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;

Psalms 148:11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 148:11

Kings of the earth, and all people
The order of the creation is pretty much observed throughout the whole of this account; and as man was made last of all, so here he is called upon last to praise the Lord; and the chief among men are begun with, "the kings of the earth", of the several nations of the earth divided into kingdoms, over which some are set as supreme: and these have reason to praise the Lord, who has raised them to such dignity, for promotion comes not by chance, but by the Lord, who sets up kings and puts them down at his pleasure; and also for those gifts bestowed upon them, qualifying them for government, for it is by him kings reign and princes decree justice; and likewise for the preservation of them, for it is he that gives salvation to kings, and continues them for usefulness, notwithstanding all plots and conspiracies against them, ( Psalms 144:9 Psalms 144:10 ) ; see ( Psalms 75:6 Psalms 75:7 ) ( Proverbs 8:15 Proverbs 8:16 ) ; "and all people"; their subjects, as they should submit unto them and pray for them, so should praise the Lord on their account, when they rule well, protect and defend them in their persons, property, and liberties, ( Proverbs 29:2 ) ;

princes, and all judges of the earth:
the sons of kings, princes of the blood, heirs of the crown; or nobles, ministers of state, counsellors, and, all subordinate magistrates, who are in high places of honour, profit, and trust, and so should praise the Lord, by whom they are brought to such honour; and when they fill up their places, and discharge their trust aright, the people have reason to be thankful for them; and especially for the "judges of the earth", when they are men fearing God and hating covetousness, and impartially minister justice and judgment; see ( Psalms 2:10 Psalms 2:11 ) .

Psalms 148:11 In-Context

9 Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying birds;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children:
13 Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For his name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and the heavens.
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