Psalms 147:20

20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.[a]Praise the LORD.

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Psalms 147:20 in Other Translations

20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!
20 He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his regulations. Praise the LORD !
20 He never did this to the other nations; they never heard such commands. Hallelujah!
20 He has not done this for any nation; they do not know [His] judgments. Hallelujah!

Psalms 147:20 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 147:20

He hath not dealt so with any nation
Or "every nation" {b}; or all the nations under the heavens; only with the Jewish nation: these only for many hundreds of years were favoured with the divine revelation, with the word and ordinances of God; with the law, and with the Gospel, and with the service and worship of God; as well as with promises and prophecies of Christ, and good things to come by him. These were not communicated to anyone nation or body of people besides them; only now and then, to one here and there among the Gentiles: the Gospel was first preached to them at the coming of Christ, and after them to the Gentiles, when rejected by them;

and [as for his] judgments, they have not known them;
by which are meant, not the providential dispensations of God, which are unsearchable, and past finding out, till made manifest; nor punishments inflicted on wicked men, unobserved by them; but the word of God, and the ordinances of it, which the Gentile world for many ages were unacquainted with; see ( Psalms 19:9 ) ;

praise ye the Lord:
as literal Israel had reason to do, for those distinguishing instances of his favour and goodness; and as the spiritual Israel of God everywhere have; and particularly our British ones, who are highly favoured with the privileges of having the word of God purely and powerfully preached, and his ordinances truly and duly administered; at least in some parts of it, and that more than in any other nation under the heavens.


F2 (ywg lkl) "omni genti", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "omni nationi", V. L.

Psalms 147:20 In-Context

18 He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
19 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.Praise the LORD.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Dt 4:7-8,32-34
  • 2. S Psalms 79:6
  • 3. Psalms 33:2; Psalms 103:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint "nation; / he has not made his laws known to them"
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