a. O Israel, hope in the LORD: God’s people could only learn and live the lesson David sang of in this short psalm if they set their hope in the LORD, and in nothing else. They wanted to be free of the restraints that bound their freedom: the taxes and limitations on them that David had imposed. John Trapp Complete Commentary. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Verse 3. The result of these hostile deliberations is the mutual exhortation to break asunder and cast away the bands of Messiah’s government. Verse 3. Some render it "cast away from him" (c); either from Christ, or everyone from himself. When he describes his government under the metaphorical expressions of bonds, and a yoke, on the persons of his adversaries, he indirectly condemns their pride. "Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us! Log In/Sign Up New International Version (NIV) ... Psalm 100:2-3. The nations did not want to continue to submit to the rule of God"s vice-regent, who was originally probably David himself. And cast away their cords from us — The same thing expressed with more emphasis. A man named Luke wrote a part of the Bible that we call Acts. Let us break their bands asunder, &c.] Here these rebels are brought in proclaiming their treasonable decrees against Christ, and his adherents, who seek to promote his kingdom. Most account it to be a psalm of David’s maturity, but with vivid remembrance of his youth as a shepherd. Let us be our own gods. Psalms 2:3. Learn more today! It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. It is the bond of his priesthood which joins us together as brethren. Many there be that say of my soul — Of me; the soul being commonly put for the person: There is no help for him in God — God hath utterly forsaken him for his many crimes, and will never help him more. Here it means to come before, in the sense of "in front of." The law of Yahweh, and especially the Gospel law of Messiah, which to the godly is his "delight" and continual subject of "meditation" (Psalms 1:2), is to the ungodly insufferable bondage (Jeremiah 5:5). Try it free for 30 days! Cast away their cords from us; the same thing expressed with a little more emphasis. Let us break their bands— This is the language of the nations and people instigating each other to this impious war. This was the course of the Pharisees and rulers against Christ. John Trapp Complete Commentary. New International Version Update. Home × Home; Bible. Cords.—The LXX. And cast away their cords from us - The same idea under another form - the cords referring not to that which would bind them as prisoners, but to the ropes or thongs which bound oxen to the plow; and, hence, to that which would bind men to the service of God. Psalm 100 Psalm 102 ... With Bible Gateway Plus, you gain instant access to a digital Bible study library, including complete notes from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the New Bible Commentary. It signals that God loves Gentiles as well as Jews—that God’s plan of salvation includes Gentiles too. See Job 3:12, note; Psalm 17:13, note; Psalm 59:10, note; 1 Thessalonians 4:15, note. 2. Try it free for 30 days! Having described the character of the truly blessed man negatively, in the preceding verse, he, in this, speaks of it positively. He tells us there that Herod and Pilate were 2 of the leaders that the Psalm … (Haydock) --- "I fear there are more political than religious objectors to emancipation [of Catholics in Great Britain]." (1) that the government of Yahweh, the true God, and the Messiah or Christ, is the same; (2) that opposition to the Messiah, or to Christ, is in fact opposition to the purposes of the true God; (3) that it may be expected that men will oppose that government, and there will be agitation and commotion in endeavoring to throw it off. Psalm 101:2-3. Us. Ver. (b) Thus the wicked say that they will cast off the yoke of God and of his Christ. Commentary on Psalm 1:1-3 (Read Psalm 1:1-3) To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. Not that they openly avowed themselves rebels against God, (for they rather covered their rebellion under every possible pretext, and presumptuously boasted of having God on their side;) but since they were fully determined, by all means, fair or foul, to drive David from the throne, whatever they professed with the mouth, the whole of their consultation amounted to this, how they might overthrow the kingdom which God himself had set up. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. He delights in it. 2. He that sitteth in the heavens — As the judge upon his tribunal, weighing the actions of men, and as the king of the whole earth upon his royal throne; who, without moving from his place, can with one word or look destroy all his enemies. Psalm 2 Commentary: Divisions The structure of Psalm 2 is made of three parts. Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me. As the foregoing psalm was moral, and showed us our duty, so this is evangelical, and shows us our Saviour. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “ I like to recall the fact that this psalm was written by David, probably when he was a king. Cords.—The LXX. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. It means properly what is twisted or interlaced, and refers to the usual manner in which ropes are made. We will not have this man to reign over us. 3. “He will not allow your foot to be moved” … bands … and … cords—denote the restraints of government. See introductory note. It thus indicates a prevalent state of the human mind as being impatient of the restraints and authority of God, and especially of the dominion of his Son, anointed as King. The laws of God and Christ, though easy and pleasant in themselves, and to all good men, Matthew 11:29-30; 1 John 5:3; yet are very grievous and burdensome to corrupt nature, and carnal, wicked men. Verses 2-3. Psalms 103:2. Notice that Psalm 1:2 doesn’t say that the blessed man simply reads the Law of the Lord. Like many others, this beloved psalm bears the simple title A Psalm of David. the Lord’s and his anointed’s. Psalm 3:2. The passage, considered as referring to the Messiah, had an ample fulfillment. Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things That is, the report made by the wise men of the appearance of an unusual star, and of the birth of the king of the Jews, which they affirmed with all certainty, without any hesitation, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms: This is what the psalmist himself intended with this psalm. Let us break their bands asunder — That is, the laws of the Lord and his Anointed; the bands or yokes which they design to put upon our necks, that they may bring us into subjection. Other people delight in the activities in Psalm 1:1 – godless advice, lifestyle, and associations. What Psalm 2 means. Let us stand before his face; that is, in his very presence. 1 Blessed is the man 1. who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in c the way of sinners, nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers; 2 but his g delight is in the law 2 of the L ord, and on his h law he meditates day and night. Home × Home; Bible. Doctrines would be readily believed if they involved in them no precepts; and the Church may be tolerated by the world, if she will only give up her discipline.” — Horne. He delighteth in the law of God after the inward man, Romans 7:22 It is not to him now, as once, bands and cords, but as girdles and garters, which gird up his loins, and expedite his course the better. and Vulg. Behold, he who keeps Israel. (c) in the conduct of individual sinners - in the opposition of the human heart to the authority of the Lord Jesus. “Bands” and “cords “are the restraints and authority of law, and its moral rebuke of sin. have “yoke,” which is in keeping with the metaphor of a restive animal. The rage of nations and the laugh of God. The mischievous undertaking condemns itself, It is groundless and fruitless. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. and cast away their cords from us; with relation to the Lord and his Anointed, whose laws, ordinances, and truths, they call "bands" and "cords"; so Arama interprets them of the law, and the commandments; or a "yoke", as the Vulgate Latin, Septuagint, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render the last word; and the phrases in general express their irreverence of God and the Messiah, their rejection Christ and his religion; their non-subjection to him, and their refusal to have him to rule over them; and their disesteem and contempt of his Gospel, and of the ordinances of it, and of the laws and rules of his government in his churches: and also they show the wrong notion that carnal men have of these things that whereas Christ's yoke is easy, and his burden light, Matthew 11:30; his Gospel and the truths of it make men free from the slavery of sin and Satan, and from a spirit of bondage, Romans 8:15; and true Gospel liberty consists in an observance of his commands and ordinances; yet they look upon these things as bands and cords, as fetters and shackles, as so many restraints upon their liberty, which are not to be bore: when, on the other hand, they promise themselves liberty in a disengagement from them, and in the enjoyment of their own lusts and sinful pleasures; whereas thereby they are brought into bondage, and become the servants of corruption. The word in the original signifies more than a shield; it means a buckler round about, a protection which shall surround a man entirely, a shield above, beneath, around, without and within. And thus the Jews, the nations, and princes of the earth, united themselves in opposition to the kingdom of Christ, to destroy his authority, extirpate his religion, and prevent men's obedience to, and worship of God, by Jesus Christ. Let us break their bands asunder. Like many psalms, the theme of Psalm 2 is emphasized in the final verse. 3.Their bands’ their cords—The plural suffix their refers to Jehovah and his Messiah. Sermon Bible Commentary. (a) in the purposes of the high priests, of Herod, and of Pilate, to put him to death, and in the general rejection of him by his own countrymen; (b) in the general conduct of mankind - in their impatience of the restraints of the law of God, and especially of that law as promulgated by the Saviour, demanding submission and obedience to him; and. They mean the laws of God, which the king would oblige them to observe, which though easy and pleasant in themselves and to good men, Matthew 11:29,30 1 John 5:3, yet are very grievous and burdensome to corrupt nature, and to men of wicked lives. Psalm 2:3 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament The Psalm begins with a seven line strophe, ruled by an interrogative Wherefore. But his delight is in the law of the Lord — In the study and practice of it, as appears from the context. In Acts 4:25-26 he repeated Psalm 2: 3. Psalms 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.. Ver. This Psalm is: (1) a monologue; (2) a psalm of recollection; (3) a psalm of thanksgiving. The clear implication of David’s statement in Psalm 23:1 is that as one of God’s sheep he will lack nothing which is necessary for his best interest. Psalm 2 – The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. That’s the first section. We can defy God and perish, or we can surrender to Him and be blessed. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 3 He is like i a tree. Ver. “These words, supposed to be spoken by the powers in arms against the Messiah, discover to us the true ground of opposition, namely, the unwillingness of rebellious nature to submit to the obligations of divine laws, which cross the interests, and lay a restraint upon the desires of men. This verse commences the second strophe or stanza of the psalm; and this strophe Psalm 2:4-6 corresponds with the first Psalm 2:1-3 in its structure. (Nightingale), The easy yoke of Jesus seems to natural men a galling chain.