Psalms 135

1 Praise the LORD.[a]Praise the name of the LORD; praise him, you servants of the LORD,
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.
7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of people and animals.
9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan—
12 and he gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his people Israel.
13 Your name, LORD, endures forever, your renown, LORD, through all generations.
14 For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
19 All you Israelites, praise the LORD; house of Aaron, praise the LORD;
20 house of Levi, praise the LORD; you who fear him, praise the LORD.
21 Praise be to the LORD from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.

Psalms 135 Commentary

Chapter 135

God to be praised for his mercy. (1-4) For his power and judgments. (5-14) The vanity of idols. (15-21)

Verses 1-4 The subject-matter of praise, is the blessings of grace flowing from the everlasting love of God. The name of God as a covenant God and Father in Christ, blessing us with all spiritual blessings in him, is to be loved and praised. The Lord chose a people to himself, that they might be unto him for a name and a praise. If they do not praise him for this distinguishing favour, they are the most unworthy and ungrateful of all people.

Verses 5-14 God is, and will be always, the same to his church, a gracious, faithful, wonder-working God. And his church is, and will be, the same to him, a thankful, praising people: thus his name endures for ever. He will return in ways of mercy to them, and will delight to do them good.

Verses 15-21 These verses arm believers against idolatry and all false worship, by showing what sort of gods the heathen worshipped. And the more deplorable the condition of the Gentile nations that worship idols, the more are we to be thankful that we know better. Let us pity, and pray for, and seek to benefit benighted heathens and deluded sinners. Let us endeavour to glorify his name, and recommend his truth, not only with our lips, but by holy lives, copying the example of Christ's goodness and truth.

Cross References 35

  • 1. Nehemiah 7:73; Psalms 113:1; Psalms 134:1
  • 2. S 1 Chronicles 15:2; Luke 2:37
  • 3. S Psalms 116:19
  • 4. S 1 Chronicles 16:34; S Psalms 119:68
  • 5. S Psalms 68:4
  • 6. S Psalms 92:1; Psalms 147:1
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 10:15; 1 Peter 2:9
  • 8. Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6; Malachi 3:17; S Titus 2:14
  • 9. S Psalms 48:1; Psalms 145:3
  • 10. S Exodus 12:12; S 1 Chronicles 16:25; S Job 21:22; Psalms 97:9
  • 11. Psalms 115:3; Daniel 4:35
  • 12. Matthew 6:10
  • 13. S Job 5:10; Psalms 68:9; Isaiah 30:23; Jeremiah 10:13; Jeremiah 51:16; Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:1
  • 14. Job 28:25; Amos 4:13
  • 15. S Deuteronomy 28:12; Job 38:22
  • 16. S Exodus 4:23; S Exodus 12:12; Psalms 78:51
  • 17. S Exodus 7:9; Deuteronomy 6:22
  • 18. Psalms 136:10-15
  • 19. Numbers 21:21-25; Joshua 24:8-11; Psalms 44:2; Psalms 78:55; Psalms 136:17-21
  • 20. S Numbers 21:21
  • 21. S Numbers 21:26
  • 22. S Numbers 21:33
  • 23. S Joshua 12:7-24; Joshua 24:12
  • 24. S Deuteronomy 29:8; Psalms 78:55
  • 25. S Exodus 3:15
  • 26. S Psalms 102:12
  • 27. S 1 Samuel 24:15; Hebrews 10:30*
  • 28. S Deuteronomy 32:36
  • 29. Psalms 96:5; Revelation 9:20
  • 30. Isaiah 2:8; Isaiah 31:7; Isaiah 37:19; Isaiah 40:19; Jeremiah 1:16; Jeremiah 10:5
  • 31. S 1 Kings 18:26
  • 32. Jeremiah 10:14; Habakkuk 2:19
  • 33. S Psalms 22:23
  • 34. Psalms 128:5; Psalms 134:3
  • 35. S 1 Kings 8:13; S 2 Chronicles 6:2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah" ; also in verses 3 and 21

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 135

This psalm was written very probably by the same hand as the former. It begins in much the same manner; it has some likeness with Psalm 113 and 114. It begins and ends with "hallelujah"; and is throughout an exhortation of praise to God, on account of his name, nature, and perfections; and because of his works of creation, providence, and grace, many of which are enumerated. The Syriac interpreter says, there is an intimation in it of the conversion of the people of the Messiah unto the faith.

Psalms 135 Commentaries