Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
&) This and the following five Psalms form what is called by the Hebrews the great Hallel, or praise; which was sung on their most solemn festivals, and particularly after the celebration of the Passover. (See Mt 26:30. Mr 24:26.) This and the following were probably composed after the return from the captivity.
Praise ye the Lord
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
Heb. exalteth himself to dwell.
Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
Bp. Lowth observes that the two members of this line are to be referred severally to the two preceding lines; as if it were, "Who is exalted to dwell in the heavens; and who humbleth himself to inspect the things on earth."
in the earth
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
Heb. dwell in an house.