Psalm 105

Egypt and the covenant
This is a "national hymn," See the comparison note at the top of the next psalm.
The first 15 verses are essentially the same as verses 8-22 of the psalm in 1ch1608-36.
 1 ¶ O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
 2  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
 3  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
 4  Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
 5  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
 6  O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
 7  He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
  1 - Give thanks Recognition of God's blessings is important for remembering His goodness and for our own happiness.
  1 - Make known his deeds An occasional history lesson helps us remember how the Lord leads His people. de3207; ex2008.
  4 - Seek the Lord ... face This is a call for prayer. We are not to take for granted the blessings showered on us.
  5 - Remember See ex0606, ex0704, de3207..
 8 ¶ He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
 9  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
 10  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
 11  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
 12  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
 13  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
.14  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
 15  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
  8 - Covenant ... for ever On "remember," see de3207. This hyperbole. The mention of a thousand generations represents that God's goodness is beyond our comprehension, see ex2005,6.
  14 - Kings See ge1211.
.16  Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
 17  He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
 18  Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
 19  Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
 20  The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
.21  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
.22  To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
 23  Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
 24  And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
  22 - Bind ... princes Joseph had authority over the other administrators of the Egyptian government. He also was able to teach them wisdom. For him, this would have been truth from the source of wisdom pr0910.
25 ¶ He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.
 26  He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
.27  They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
 28  He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.
 29  He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.
 30  Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.
 31  He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.
 32  He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
 33  He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.
 34  He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,
 35  And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
 36  He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
 37  He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

 27 - Land of Ham Egypt according to v23. Ham was one of Noah's sons.
 28 - Darkness The ninth plague ex1021 (not mentioned in chronological order).
 29 - Blood Followed by frogs, flies and lice in ex0714, ex0801, ex0820, ex0816.
 37 - Silver and gold See ex1235.
Illustration © Corel shows only partial darkness
 38  Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
.39  He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
 40  The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
 41  He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
 42  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.
 43  And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
 44  And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;
 45  That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.
  41 - Opened the rock ex1706, ps07815.
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