Psalms 105:37

37 Then He brought Israel out with silver and gold,[a] and no one among His tribes stumbled.

Psalms 105:37 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 105:37

He brought them forth also with silver and gold
That is, God brought forth the Israelites out of Egypt by means of the above plagues, laden with great riches, with jewels of gold and of silver, which they borrowed of the Egyptians at the command of the Lord; and so to be justified in what they did; and besides it was but just and equitable that they should be paid for their service and hard labour in Egypt for a long course of time; and this was the method in Providence they were directed to take to do themselves justice; and hereby was accomplished an ancient prophecy concerning them, that they should come out with much substance, ( Genesis 15:14 ) ( Exodus 11:2 ) ( Exodus 12:35 Exodus 12:36 ) , Besides, in the passages quoted, the words should be rendered of the Israelites that they "asked", and of the Egyptians that they "gave"; the Jews, some of them, say F3 that these were given not with the will of the Egyptians, and others say not with the will of the Israelites, but neither of them true. And so in like manner will the people of God, when rescued from the tyranny of the antichristian states, enjoy great riches and honour; see ( Revelation 17:16 ) ( Isaiah 60:3 Isaiah 60:9 Isaiah 60:11 Isaiah 60:16 ) .

And [there was] not one feeble [person] among their tribes;
though there were six hundred thousand footmen, ( Numbers 11:21 ) , and though they had been used to hard and rigorous service in order to weaken their strength; and though they came from among a people plagued with diseases and deaths. This confronts a lying story told by some Heathen writers F4, that the Israelites were driven out of Egypt because they had the itch, leprosy, and other diseases upon them. Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it, there was not a poor or necessitous man among them, for they abounded with gold and silver; compare with this the case of God's people in the latter day, ( Zechariah 12:8 ) ( Isaiah 60:22 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 9. 2.
F4 Justin. e Trogo, l. 36. c. 2. Tacitus, l. 5. 3. Lysimachus apud Joseph. contr. Apion. l. 1. s. 34.

Psalms 105:37 In-Context

35 They devoured all the vegetation in their land and consumed the produce of their soil.
36 He struck all the firstborn in their land, all their first progeny.
37 Then He brought Israel out with silver and gold, and no one among His tribes stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad when they left, for dread of Israel had fallen on them.
39 He spread a cloud as a covering and [gave] a fire to light up the night.

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