Psalms 147:4-5

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.

Psalms 147:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
ESV
4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
NLT
4 He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
MSG
4 He counts the stars and assigns each a name.
CSB
4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

Psalms 147:4-5 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 147

This psalm is thought to be written by David, and according to Theodoret predicts the return of the Jews from Babylon, and the rebuilding of Jerusalem by Zerubbabel, which seems to be grounded on Ps 147:2; though the words there agree well enough with the times of David; hence the title in the Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Syriac versions, and Apollinarius, is as the preceding; the Syriac adds,

``concerning Zerubbabel and Joshua the priest, and Ezra, who were solicitous and diligent in building Jerusalem.''

Aben Ezra and other Jewish writers think it foretells the future rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the restoration of the Jews from their present captivity, and refer it to the times of the Messiah; and so far it may be right, that it respects Christ and the praise of him, on account of his nature and works; and may take in the conversion of the Jews. It seems to be written by the same person, and on the same account, as the preceding psalm.

Psalms 147:4-5 In-Context

2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
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 4

  • 1. S Genesis 15:5; Isaiah 40:26
  • 2. S Psalms 48:1
  • 3. S Exodus 14:31
  • 4. Psalms 145:3; Isaiah 40:28
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