Psalms 135:4

4 And why? Because God chose Jacob, embraced Israel as a prize possession.

Psalms 135:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 135:4

For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself
To be his own special people, and not another's; for his own service, and for his glory; and to be an habitation for himself, and to be for ever with him. This is not to be understood personally of Jacob, though a chosen vessel of mercy; nor of his natural posterity as such, though chosen as a nation to outward favours; for not all they, only some of them, were chosen to special grace and glory, a remnant according to the election of grace: but mystical and spiritual Jacob and Israel are meant, even the whole church and people of God, whether Jews or Gentiles; these God has chosen, of his own free grace and good will, to all the blessings of grace and glory, and that from all eternity; which choice will remain firm and immutable, in time and for ever; and therefore is worthy of praise and thanksgiving, now, and to all eternity;

[and] Israel for his peculiar treasure;
by whom they are accounted as such; even as the peculiar treasure of kings, as silver, gold, jewels, and precious stones; as his inheritance, his portion, and peculiar people; see ( Exodus 19:5 ) ( Malachi 3:17 ) .

Psalms 135:4 In-Context

2 All you priests on duty in God's temple, serving in the sacred halls of our God,
3 Shout "Hallelujah!" because God's so good, sing anthems to his beautiful name.
4 And why? Because God chose Jacob, embraced Israel as a prize possession.
5 I too give witness to the greatness of God, our Lord, high above all other gods.
6 He does just as he pleases - however, wherever, whenever.
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