Psalms 135

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1 1Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O 2servants of the LORD,
2 who 3stand in the house of the LORD, in 4the courts of the house of our God!
3 Praise the LORD, for 5the LORD is good; sing to his name, 6for it is pleasant![a]
4 For the LORD has 7chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his 8own possession.
5 For I know that 9the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 10Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
7 11He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who 12makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his 13storehouses.
8 He it was who 14struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;
9 who in your midst, O Egypt, sent 15signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10 16who struck down many nations and killed mighty kings,
11 17Sihon, king of the Amorites, and 18Og, king of Bashan, and 19all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and 20gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel.
13 21Your name, O LORD, endures forever, 22your renown,[b] O LORD, throughout all ages.
14 23For the LORD will vindicate his people and 24have compassion on his servants.
15 25The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them!
19 26O house of Israel, bless the LORD! O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!
20 O house of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
21 Blessed be the LORD 27from Zion, he who 28dwells in Jerusalem! 29Praise the LORD!

Psalms 135 Commentary

Chapter 135

God to be praised for his mercy. (1-4) For his power and judgments. (5-14) The vanity of idols. (15-21)

Verses 1-4 The subject-matter of praise, is the blessings of grace flowing from the everlasting love of God. The name of God as a covenant God and Father in Christ, blessing us with all spiritual blessings in him, is to be loved and praised. The Lord chose a people to himself, that they might be unto him for a name and a praise. If they do not praise him for this distinguishing favour, they are the most unworthy and ungrateful of all people.

Verses 5-14 God is, and will be always, the same to his church, a gracious, faithful, wonder-working God. And his church is, and will be, the same to him, a thankful, praising people: thus his name endures for ever. He will return in ways of mercy to them, and will delight to do them good.

Verses 15-21 These verses arm believers against idolatry and all false worship, by showing what sort of gods the heathen worshipped. And the more deplorable the condition of the Gentile nations that worship idols, the more are we to be thankful that we know better. Let us pity, and pray for, and seek to benefit benighted heathens and deluded sinners. Let us endeavour to glorify his name, and recommend his truth, not only with our lips, but by holy lives, copying the example of Christ's goodness and truth.

Cross References 29

  • 1. See Psalms 104:35
  • 2. See Psalms 113:1
  • 3. [See Psalms 134:1 above]
  • 4. Psalms 92:13
  • 5. See Psalms 100:5
  • 6. Psalms 147:1; [Psalms 52:9]
  • 7. Deuteronomy 7:6, 7; Deuteronomy 10:15; See Psalms 105:6
  • 8. Exodus 19:5
  • 9. Psalms 95:3
  • 10. Psalms 115:3
  • 11. Jeremiah 10:13; Jeremiah 51:16
  • 12. [Job 28:25, 26; Job 38:25; Zechariah 10:1]
  • 13. Job 38:22
  • 14. See Psalms 78:51
  • 15. Deuteronomy 6:22
  • 16. For ver. 10-12, see Psalms 136:17-22
  • 17. Deuteronomy 29:7; See Numbers 21:21-26
  • 18. See Numbers 21:33-35
  • 19. See Joshua 12:7-24
  • 20. Deuteronomy 29:8; See Psalms 78:55
  • 21. Exodus 3:15
  • 22. Psalms 102:12
  • 23. Deuteronomy 32:36
  • 24. See Psalms 90:13
  • 25. For ver. 15-18, see Psalms 115:4-8
  • 26. See Psalms 115:9
  • 27. Psalms 128:5
  • 28. Psalms 132:13, 14
  • 29. ver. 1

Footnotes 2

Chapter Summary


This psalm was written very probably by the same hand as the former. It begins in much the same manner; it has some likeness with Psalm 113 and 114. It begins and ends with "hallelujah"; and is throughout an exhortation of praise to God, on account of his name, nature, and perfections; and because of his works of creation, providence, and grace, many of which are enumerated. The Syriac interpreter says, there is an intimation in it of the conversion of the people of the Messiah unto the faith.

Psalms 135 Commentaries