Psalms 47:7

7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

Psalms 47:7 in Other Translations

7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
7 For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm.
7 He's Lord over earth, so sing your best songs to God.
7 Sing a song of instruction, for God is King of all the earth.

Psalms 47:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 47:7

For God [is] the King of all the earth
Or "the king of all the earth [is] God" F5; the same that is ascended into heaven, and is King of saints, even Christ Jesus; and so he will appear to be, especially in the latter day; (See Gill on Psalms 47:2);

sing ye praises with understanding;
or, as De Dieu renders it, to him that understandeth, that is, to God the only wise, whose understanding is infinite; even to Christ, who, as God, knows all things; and, as man and Mediator, is of quick understanding, and has all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him; so R. Obadiah, "sing of him who understands"; or, "sing ye praises, O everyone that understandeth" {f}; that is, how to sing, as everyone does not; this is the sense of Aben Ezra and Kimchi; or "with understanding", as we render it; with understanding of what is sung. The Apostle Paul seems to refer to this passage in ( 1 Corinthians 14:15 ) . The Targum renders it, "with a good understanding".


F5 So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.
F6 (lykvm wrmz) "canite, intelligens", Montanus; i.e. "unusquisque", Vatablus.

Psalms 47:7 In-Context

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.
7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
8 God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Zechariah 14:9
  • 2. 1 Chronicles 16:7; Colossians 3:16