Psalms 146:5-10

5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,
8 the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.

Psalms 146:5-10 Meaning and Commentary


This psalm is entitled by the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, "hallelujah", of Haggai and Zechariah; and by Apollinarius, the common hymn of them: and the Syriac inscription is still more expressive,

``it was said by Haggai and Zechariah, prophets, who came up with the captivity out of Babylon.''

Theodoret says this title was in some Greek copies in his time; but was not in the Septuagint, in the Hexapla: nor is it in any other Greek interpreters, nor in the Hebrew text, nor in the Targum; though some Jewish commentators, as R. Obadiah, take it to be an exhortation to the captives in Babylon to praise the Lord: and Kimchi interprets it of their present captivity and deliverance from it; and observes, that the psalmist seeing, by the Holy Spirit, the gathering of the captives, said this with respect to Israel; and so refers it to the times of the Messiah, as does also Jarchi, especially the Ps 146:10; and which, though they make it to serve an hypothesis of their own, concerning their vainly expected Messiah; yet it is most true, that the psalm is concerning the Messiah and his kingdom, to whom all the characters and descriptions given agree.

Cross References 16

  • 1. Psalms 33:18; Psalms 37:9; Psalms 119:43; Psalms 144:15; Jeremiah 17:7
  • 2. Psalms 70:5; Psalms 71:5; Psalms 121:2
  • 3. S 2 Chronicles 2:12; Psalms 115:15; Acts 14:15; S Revelation 10:6; Revelation 14:7
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 7:9; S Psalms 18:25; Psalms 108:4; Psalms 117:2
  • 5. S Psalms 37:17
  • 6. Psalms 103:6
  • 7. Psalms 107:9; Psalms 145:15
  • 8. S Psalms 66:11; S Psalms 68:6
  • 9. Proverbs 20:12; Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 32:3; Isaiah 35:5; Isaiah 42:7,18-19; Isaiah 43:8; Matthew 11:5
  • 10. S Exodus 4:11; Matthew 9:30
  • 11. S Psalms 38:6
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 7:13; S Job 23:10
  • 13. S Leviticus 19:34
  • 14. S Psalms 10:18
  • 15. S Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalms 68:5; James 1:27
  • 16. S Genesis 21:33; S 1 Chronicles 16:31; Psalms 93:1; Psalms 99:1; Revelation 11:15; Exodus 15:18; Psalms 10:16
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