Psalms 147:5

5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

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Psalms 147:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
ESV
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
NLT
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
MSG
5 Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we'll never comprehend what he knows and does
CSB
5 Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite.

Psalms 147:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 147:5

Great [is] our Lord, and of great power
"Our Lord" is our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of the whole earth; the Lord of his own people by creation, by redemption, by marriage, and by the conquest of his grace, and their voluntary submission to him; he is "great" in his person, offices, and grace, and therefore greatly to be praised; see ( Psalms 145:3 ) ; and particularly his "power" is very "great", as appears in the creation of all things out of nothing by him; in the sustaining and support of the world and all things in it: in the redemption of his people from the hand of their powerful enemies; in beginning, carrying on, and perfecting a work of grace on their hearts by his Spirit and power; and in the preservation of them unto eternal life, through a thousand dangers and difficulties: at his resurrection all power in heaven and earth were given him as Mediator; and in the latter day he will take to himself his great power and reign; and in the last day will raise the dead out of their graves; his understanding [is] infinite;
it reaches to all things, not to the stars of heaven only, as in ( Psalms 147:4 ) , but to the fowls of the air, to the beasts of the field, and cattle upon a thousand hills; to all on the surface of the earth, or in the bowels of it; and to the fishes of the sea: it reaches to all men, and to all the thoughts of their hearts, the words of their mouths, and the actions of their lives; it reaches to all things past, that have been, to everything present, and to whatsoever is to come; it includes not only the knowledge of all things that are, or certainly will be, but of all things possible, or which he could bring into being if he would; it is concerned not only with the quality and nature of things it perfectly understands, but with the quantity of them; even all things in creation and providence, which are without number and past finding out by men; and so his understanding is without number, and cannot be declared, as the word signifies.

Psalms 147:5 In-Context

3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
6 The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 48:1
  • 2. S Exodus 14:31
  • 3. Psalms 145:3; Isaiah 40:28
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