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Psalms 47:2

    Psalms 47:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For Jehovah Most High is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is a great King over all the earth.

    Webster's Revision

    For Jehovah Most High is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.

    World English Bible

    For Yahweh Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the LORD Most High is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 47:2

    For the Lord most high is terrible - He has insufferable majesty, and is a great King - the mightiest of all emperors, for he is Sovereign over the whole earth.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 47:2

    For the Lord most high - Yahweh, the Most High God; that is, who is exalted above all other beings. Compare Exodus 18:11; 1 Chronicles 16:25 Psalm 96:4; 2 Chronicles 2:5; Psalm 95:3.

    Is terrible - literally, is to be feared; that is, reverenced and adored. There is an idea in the words "terrible" and "terror" which is not contained in the original, as if there were something harsh, severe, stern, in his character. The word in the original does not go beyond the notion of inspiring reverence or awe, and is the common word by which the worship of God is designated in the Scriptures. The meaning is, that he is worthy of profound reverence or adoration.

    He is a great king over all the earth - He rules the world. He is a universal Sovereign. The immediate "occasion" of saying this, when the psalm was composed, was evidently some victory (which had been achieved over the enemies of the people of God) so decided, and so immediately by the divine power, as to prove that he has absolute control over all nations.