Psalms 47:4

4 He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.[a]

Psalms 47:4 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance, the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants, whom he loves. Interlude
The Message Bible (MSG)
4 He set us at the head of the line, prize-winning Jacob, his favorite.
American Standard Version (ASV)
4 He chooseth our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom he loved. [Selah
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
4 He chooses our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. Selah
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 He chooses for us our inheritance- the pride of Jacob, whom He loves. Selah
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
4 He chose our land for us. The people of Jacob are proud of their land, and God loves them. "Selah"

Psalms 47:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 47:4

He shall choose our inheritance for us
Either a portion in this life; God knows what is best for his people, and therefore they should leave it with him, who can make a better choice for them than for themselves: an Heathen F3 once gave this advice,

``give thyself wholly to the will and disposal of the celestial ones; for they who are used to give good things easily can also choose the fittest.''

Or the heavenly inheritance, so called in allusion to the land of Canaan, subdued and possessed by the Israelites, in which Christ is greatly concerned; his people are predestinated to the adoption of children, that is, to the inheritance they are adopted to by him, in whom they obtain it; through his death they receive the promise of eternal inheritance, he being the testator of that will of their heavenly Father which bequeaths it to them; it is his righteousness which gives them a title to it, and through his grace they have a meetness for it, and he will at last introduce them into it; all which is a reason for joy and gladness in them. The Arabic version renders it, "he hath chosen us an inheritance for himself"; so the Lord's people are, ( Deuteronomy 32:9 ) . Christ asked them of his father, and he gave them for his inheritance, he having chosen them as such, and greatly delighted he is with them, ( Psalms 2:8 ) ( 16:6 ) ;

the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.
The saints, who are, in his esteem, the excellent in the earth, and who will be in the latter day an eternal excellency, ( Psalms 16:3 ) ( Isaiah 60:15 ) ; even the whole church, consisting of Jews and Gentiles, the spiritual Jacob or Israel of God, whom Christ has loved with an everlasting love, and therefore has chosen them for his portion and peculiar treasure; as Jacob in person was loved when Esau was hated.

Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).


F3 Socrates apud Valer. Maxim. l. 7. c. 2. extern. 1.

Psalms 47:4 In-Context

2 For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 2:8; Psalms 16:6; Psalms 78:55; 1 Peter 1:4
  • 2. Amos 6:8; Amos 8:7

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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