Psalms 115:2

2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Psalms 115:2 in Other Translations

2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
2 Why let the nations say, “Where is their God?”
2 Do it so none of the nations can say, "Where now, oh where is their God?"
2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"

Psalms 115:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 115:2

Wherefore should the Heathen say
The nations about Israel, the nations of the world; the Gentiles in any age; the Papists in ours, sometimes called the Heathen, ( Psalms 10:16 ) ( Revelation 11:2 Revelation 11:18 ) . The church expostulates with the Lord why those should be suffered to say, in a reproachful, insulting, manner, and by way of triumph,

where is now their God?
that they have boasted of would help them; in whom they have put their trust and confidence; why does not he help them, as he has promised, and they expect? Thus the church suggests, that if the Lord did not appear for them, his own glory lay at stake. Such language is generally used by their enemies, when the people of God were in any distress; see ( Psalms 42:10 ) ( 79:10 ) ( Joel 2:17 ) ( Micah 7:9 Micah 7:10 ) .

Psalms 115:2 In-Context

1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 42:3; Psalms 79:10
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