Psalms 135:4

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.

Psalms 135:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
ESV
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.
NLT
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel for his own special treasure.
MSG
4 And why? Because God chose Jacob, embraced Israel as a prize possession.
CSB
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel as His treasured 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 you who minister in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.
5 I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 10:15; 1 Peter 2:9
  • 2. Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6; Malachi 3:17; S Titus 2:14