Psalms 118:8-9

8 It is 1better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.
9 It is 2better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.

Psalms 118:8-9 Meaning and Commentary


Kimchi says their Rabbins are divided about this psalm. Some understand it of David; others of the Messiah: but, with us Christians, there ought to be no doubt of its belonging to the Messiah; since our Lord has quoted a passage out of it, and applied it to himself, Ps 118:22,23; see Mt 21:42; and so has the Apostle Peter, Ac 4:11. Nor did the Jews of those times object thereunto, which doubtless they would have done, had the psalm respected any other but the Messiah; yea, the common people that attended Christ when he entered into Jerusalem, and the children in the temple, took their "hosanna" from hence, Ps 118:26; see Mt 21:9,15. It is generally thought to be written by David, after he was established in the kingdom, and had brought the ark of the Lord into the city. It concludes the great "Hallel", or hymn sung at the Jewish festivals; particularly at the feasts of tabernacle and the passover.

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Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Chronicles 32:7, 8; Psalms 40:4; Psalms 108:12; Isaiah 31:1, 3; Isaiah 57:13; Jeremiah 17:5
  • 2. Psalms 146:3
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