Psalms 99:2-3

2 Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy.

Psalms 99:2-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 99

This psalm, with the foregoing from Ps 90:1 is ascribed to Moses by Jarchi and others; but cannot be his, since mention is made of Samuel in it, who lived many years after him. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, more rightly attribute it to David; the inscription of the Syriac version, after saying it is David's, subjoins,

``concerning the destruction of the Midianites, whom Moses and the people of Israel led captive;''

of which there is not the least mention in it; but it more truly adds,

``and a prophecy concerning the glory of the kingdom of the Messiah;''

as it undoubtedly is.

Psalms 99:2-3 In-Context

1 The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.
2 Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy.
4 The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.
5 Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the LORD and he answered them.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Psalms 48:1
  • 2. Psalms 2:6
  • 3. Exodus 15:1; Psalms 46:10; Psalms 97:9; Psalms 113:4; Psalms 148:13
  • 4. Psalms 30:4; Psalms 33:21; Psalms 97:12; Psalms 103:1; Psalms 106:47; Psalms 111:9; Psalms 145:21; Psalms 148:5
  • 5. Psalms 76:1
  • 6. S Exodus 15:11; S Leviticus 11:44; Revelation 4:8