Psalms 76:4

4 Oh, how bright you shine! Outshining their huge piles of loot!

Psalms 76:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 76:4

Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains
of prey.
] Which is to be understood not of Zion, as some interpret it; though it is true that the mountain of Zion, or the church of Christ, his kingdom and interest, shall in the latter day be more glorious and excellent than all other mountains, kingdoms, and interests; see ( Isaiah 2:2 ) , but of God or Christ before spoken of; and so the Targum,

``bright, to be feared, art thou, O God, to be praised from the house of thy sanctuary.''

Christ, who is God over all, is "bright" F26, splendid, and glorious, in his divine nature, being the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person: and "excellent" in his office as Mediator, and in all his works as such; and in human nature, at he is exalted at his Father's right hand, far above all principality, power, might, and dominion, signified here by "mountains of prey": the kingdoms of this world, because of their eminence and strength, are compared to mountains: see ( Isaiah 41:15 ) ( Jeremiah 51:25 ) ( Zechariah 4:7 ) and may be called "mountains of prey", in allusion to mountains inhabited by beasts of prey, as lions and leopards; see ( Song of Solomon 4:8 ) because obtained and possessed by tyranny and oppression. Christ is more glorious and excellent than the kings of the earth; he is higher than they, and is King of kings; he is richer than they, the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein; he is wiser than they, by him kings reign, and princes decree justice; he is more powerful than they, and all must submit to him, and all will serve him hereafter; and his kingdom will be greater than theirs, more large and more lasting; it will be an everlasting one, and reach from sea to sea, and even to the ends of the earth.


F26 (rwan) "illustris", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "illustrior", Tigurine, version; "splendidus", Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "bright", Ainsworth.

Psalms 76:4 In-Context

2 He keeps a house in Salem, his own suite of rooms in Zion.
3 That's where, using arrows for kindling, he made a bonfire of weapons of war.
4 Oh, how bright you shine! Outshining their huge piles of loot!
5 The warriors were plundered and left there impotent. And now there's nothing to them, nothing to show for their swagger and threats.
6 Your sudden roar, God of Jacob, knocked the wind out of horse and rider.
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