Psalms 96:12

12 let 1the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all 2the trees of the forest sing for joy

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Psalms 96:12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 96:12

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein
Not the field of the world, but of the church, separated from others by distinguishing grace; the peculiar property of Christ, cultivated and manured by his Spirit and grace, and abounding with the fruits and flowers thereof; of a wilderness becoming a fruitful field, and for that reason should rejoice, even with joy and singing, ( Isaiah 35:1 Isaiah 35:2 ) ,

then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice;
the sons of God, so called, ( Song of Solomon 2:3 ) , who, though like such, in their nature state, barren and unfruitful, yet, being ingrafted into Christ, become trees of righteousness; and so have reason to rejoice at their root in Christ, their stability by him, and fruitfulness through him: Jarchi interprets this of all the governors of the people; see ( Ezekiel 17:24 ) , all this, indeed, by a prosopopoeia, may be understood of inanimate creatures; the heavens, earth, and sea, fields, woods, and trees, rejoicing, if they could, and in their way, at such great and wonderful appearances in the Gentile world; see ( Isaiah 44:23 ) ( 49:13 ) ( 55:12 ) . Aben Ezra interprets all this of the heavens giving dew, the earth its increase, and the field its fruit; all which is rejoicing.

Psalms 96:12 In-Context

10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.

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