Psalms 24:1-10

Of David. A psalm.

1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.[a]
5 They will receive blessing from the LORDand vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]
7 Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory.

Psalms 24:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
ESV
1 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
NLT
1 The earth is the LORD ’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
MSG
1 God claims Earth and everything in it, God claims World and all who live on it.
CSB
1 The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord;

Psalms 24:1-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 24

\\<>\\. This psalm is thought by some of the Jewish writers {d} to have been wrote when the ark was brought from the house of Obededom to the city of David, and put into the place prepared for it by him, 2Sa 6:17; to which reference is supposed to be had in Ps 24:7-10; or after that David had built an altar in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, and had knowledge of the hill Moriah, as the place where the sanctuary was to be built; called the hill of the Lord, and his holy place, Ps 24:3; however, it was certainly written by David, under the inspiration of the spirit of God; and is a prophecy of Christ, and of the Gospel church, and describes the members of it. {d} Aben Ezra & Kimchi.

Psalms 24:1-10 In-Context

1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the LORDand vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory.

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Cross References 18

  • 1. S Exodus 9:29; Job 41:11; Psalms 89:11
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 10:26*
  • 3. S Genesis 1:6; Psalms 104:3; 2 Peter 3:5
  • 4. Psalms 2:6
  • 5. Psalms 15:1; Psalms 65:4
  • 6. S 2 Samuel 22:21; Job 17:9
  • 7. Psalms 51:10; Psalms 73:1; Matthew 5:8
  • 8. Ezekiel 18:15
  • 9. Deuteronomy 11:26
  • 10. Psalms 17:2
  • 11. Psalms 27:8; Psalms 105:4; Psalms 119:58; Hosea 5:15
  • 12. Psalms 118:19,20; Isaiah 26:2; Isaiah 60:11,18; Isaiah 62:10
  • 13. Psalms 44:4; Psalms 74:12
  • 14. Psalms 97:6; Psalms 29:3; Acts 7:2; 1 Corinthians 2:8
  • 15. Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:5
  • 16. S 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalms 89:13; Jeremiah 50:34; Ephesians 6:10
  • 17. Exodus 15:3,6; Deuteronomy 4:34; Psalms 76:3-6
  • 18. S 1 Samuel 1:11

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "swear falsely"
  • [b]. Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts "face, Jacob"
  • [c]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.
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