Psalms 45:8

8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.

Psalms 45:8 in Other Translations

8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.
8 "Your ozone-drenched garments are fragrant with mountain breeze. Chamber music - from the throne room - makes you want to dance.
8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia [perfume] all your garments; from ivory palaces harps bring you joy.

Psalms 45:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 45:8

All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia,
&c.] Either his human nature, as anointed with the oil of gladness, and filled with the graces of the Spirit, signified by the holy anointing oil in the tabernacle, of which the things mentioned were ingredients, ( Exodus 30:23 Exodus 30:24 ) ; or the garments of salvation and robe of righteousness, wrought out by him for his people, which are well pleasing and acceptable to his Father, and of a sweet smelling savour, being agreeable to his law and justice; and also to himself, as they are put upon his people; see ( Song of Solomon 4:11 ) . And likewise to them who rejoice at being clothed with them, and desire to be found in them: or else his people themselves, who are sometimes compared to a clothing and to garments, ( Isaiah 49:18 ) ; whose persons are to God as the smell of a field, whom the Lord has blessed; and whose sacrifices of prayer and praise are sweet odours to him, through the mediation of his Son;

out of the ivory palaces;
see ( Song of Solomon 7:4 ) ( 1 Kings 22:39 ) ( Amos 3:15 ) ; meaning the places from whence these garments were taken, the wardrobe; or from whence Christ came, and where he appears; as heaven, the palace of the great King, from whence he came down, whither he is gone, and from whence he is expected again; and the human nature of Christ, in which he tabernacled on earth, and was pure and clear from sin; and his churches, which are his temples and palaces, where he grants his presence. Or it may be rendered, "more than the ivory palaces" F9, and so be expressive of the excellency of Christ's garments above them; and denote the purity of his human nature, the spotlessness of his righteousness, and the comeliness of his people;

whereby they have made thee glad;
or, "wherein" or "from whence" F11; in which palaces, the churches, the saints make Christ glad, by speaking of his glory; by ascribing glory to him; and by the exercise of grace upon him, with which his heart is ravished, ( Song of Solomon 4:9-11 ) . Or "for which" F12; garments of salvation, and robe of righteousness; they being clothed with them, and rejoicing in them, cause joy and gladness in Christ: or "more than they", or "theirs that make thee glad" F13; meaning his fellows and their garments, his being more odorous than theirs.


F9 (Nv ylkyh Nm) "prae palatiis eburneis", Cocceius, Gejerus.
F11 (ynm) "unde", Montanus, Musculus, Muis, Noldius, p. 629, No. 1664.
F12 "Propter quod", Muis.
F13 "Prae iis", Junius & Tremellius; "magis quam eorum", Piscator; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 45:8 In-Context

6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Proverbs 27:9; Song of Songs 1:3; Song of Songs 4:10
  • 2. S Genesis 37:25
  • 3. S Numbers 24:6; John 19:39
  • 4. S Exodus 30:24
  • 5. S 1 Kings 22:39
  • 6. Psalms 144:9; Psalms 150:4; Isaiah 38:20
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