1st Chronicles, Chapter 16
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16:2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt
offerings and the peace offerings, he a blessed the
people in the name of the LORD.
(a) He called upon the Name of God, desiring him to prosper
the people, and give good success to their beginnings.
16:4 And he appointed [certain] of the Levites to minister
before the ark of the LORD, and to b record, and to thank
and praise the LORD God of Israel:
(b) That is, God's benefits to his people.
16:7 Then on that day David c delivered first [this psalm] to
thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
(c) David gave them this Psalm to praise the Lord,
signifying that in all our enterprises the Name of God
should be praised and called upon.
16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known
his d deeds among the people.
(d) Of which this is the chiefest, that he has chosen
himself a Church to call upon his name.
16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his e
(e) Who of his wonderful providence has chosen a few of the
stock of Abraham to be his children.
16:12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his
wonders, and the f judgments of his mouth;
(f) In overcoming Pharaoh, which judgments were declared
by God's mouth to Moses.
16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his
g chosen ones.
(g) Meaning by this that the promise of adoption only
belongs to the Church.
16:19 When ye were but h few, even a few, and strangers in it.
(h) Meaning, from the time that Abraham entered, to the
time that Jacob went into Egypt for famine.
16:21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved i
kings for their sakes,
(i) As Pharaoh and Abimelech.
16:22 [Saying], Touch not mine k anointed, and do my l
prophets no harm.
(k) My elect and those whom I have sanctified.
16:26 For all the gods of the people [are] m idols: but the
LORD made the heavens.
(l) To whom God declared his word and they declared it to
(m) His strong faith appears in this, though all the world
would follow idols, yet he would cleave to the living
16:30 n Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall
be stable, that it be not moved.
(n) Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.
16:31 Let the o heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice:
and let [men] say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
(o) He exhorts the dumb creatures to rejoice with him in
considering the greatness of the grace of God.
16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence
of the LORD, because he cometh to p judge the earth.
(p) To restore all things to their estate.
16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us
together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may
give thanks to thy holy name, [and] q glory in thy
(q) He esteems this to be the chiefest happiness of man.
16:36 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And
all the people said, r Amen, and praised the LORD.
(r) He wills all the people both in heart and mouth to
consent to those praises.
16:41 And with s them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that
were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to
the LORD, because his mercy [endureth] for ever;
(s) With Zadok and the rest of the priests.
16:43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and
David returned to t bless his house.
(t) Declaring that after our duty to God we are chiefly
bound to our own house, for which as for all other
things we should pray to God, and instruct our
families to praise his Name.
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