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2018 September 17
Psalm 135

The Tenth Plague of Egypt (1802)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
Romanticism Style
Tate Britain, London, England, United Kingdom
Image Source: Tate Britain

     [ Illustration: Today's painting illustrates the plague upon Egypt which broke the will of Pharaoh and set Israel free. It was the beginning of many other deliverances, some of which are mentioned in today's Psalm. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 135, the Psalmist praises the LORD for his greatness and for his great blessings to the nation of Israel.
     A Call to Priests and Levites to Praise the LORD.The Psalmist begins with an extended version of the praises in the previous Psalm (1-4).
          The Superiority of the LORD to all Gods.He states that the LORD is greater than all the gods, that he can do as he pleases, and that he creates the weather (5-7).
               The LORD's Power Demonstrated in Israel's History.To deliver his people, he killed all of the firstborn of man and beast in Egypt; and he sent numerous other wonders into their land. The LORD slew great kings, such as Sihon and Og, and gave Israel their lands, along with the lands of the Canaanites. The LORD's name and his memorial endure forever; and he will judge his people; but he will also release them from judgment (8-14).
          The Inferiority of Idols.In contrast to the LORD, the idols of the heathen are made by men; and they have no power, not even the power to speak, to see, to hear, or to breathe. Those who make them are like them (15-18).
     A Call to Priests, Levites, and all Israel to praise the LORD.The Psalmist concludes by calling upon everyone to bless the LORD in his house of worship in Zion, in Jerusalem -- specifically mentioning the house of Israel, the house of Aaron, the house of Levi, and all who fear the LORD (19-21).
                    NOTE. The structure presented above is based on The Literary Structure of the Old Testament, David A. Dorsey, 1999, p. 181. Today's Psalm is chiastic (elements in the first part repeat in reverse order in the second part). See the links in "Thematically and Chronologically Related Scriptures" for further information.

     [ Sermons: Stuart Olyott. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 135: CHIASTIC PSALMS. Psalm 1. Psalm 2. Psalm 3. Psalm 6. Psalm 7. Psalm 8. Psalm 11. Psalm 15. Psalm 18. Psalm 22. Psalm 25. Psalm 26. Psalm 27. Psalm 30. Psalm 44. Psalm 51. Psalm 54. Psalm 56. Psalm 57. Psalm 58. Psalm 67. Psalm 70. Psalm 71. Psalm 72. Psalm 79. Psalm 86. Psalm 100. Psalm 106. Psalm 115. Psalm 126. Psalm 130. Psalm 135. Psalm 137. Psalm 139. Psalm 148. Psalm 150. Hallel Psalms: The Egyptian Hallel -- Psalms 113-118: Psalm 113. Psalm 114. Psalm 115. Psalm 116. Psalm 117. Psalm 118. The Great Hallel [Group of Psalms] -- Psalms 118-136: Psalm 118. Psalm 119. Psalm 120. [Subset: Psalms of Ascents: Psalms 120-134.] Psalm 121. Psalm 122. Psalm 123. Psalm 124. Psalm 125. Psalm 126. Psalm 127. Psalm 128. Psalm 129. Psalm 130. Psalm 131. Psalm 132. Psalm 133. Psalm 134. Psalm 135. Psalm 136. The Great Hallel [Single Psalm] -- Psalm 136. An Individual Hallel -- Psalm 145. The Concluding Hallel -- Psalms 146-150: Psalm 146. Psalm 147. Psalm 148. Psalm 149. Psalm 150. ]
[1] Psalm 116:19; Psalm 134:1; Psalm 135:19.
[3] Psalm 147:1; Proverbs 22:18.
[4] Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Chronicles 29:3; Ecclesiastes 2:8.
[5] Psalm 115:3.
[7] Jeremiah 10:13; Jeremiah 51:16; Genesis 2:6; Zechariah 10:1; 1 Samuel 12:17.
[8] Psalm 135:10.
[12] Psalm 105:44; Psalm 111:6.
[13] Exodus 3:15.
[14] Deuteronomy 32:36.
[15] Psalm 115:4-8.
[19] Psalm 115:9-11.
[21] Psalm 128:5; Psalm 76:2;Psalm 125:1-2.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 135 - #1. Psalm 135 - #2. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 135
Praise the LORD for his national deliverances.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 Praise ye the LORD.
Praise ye the name of the LORD;
praise him,
O ye servants of the LORD.
2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD,
in the courts of the house of our God,
3 Praise the LORD;
for the LORD is good:
sing praises unto his name;
for it is pleasant.
4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself,
and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

5 For I know that the LORD is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased,
that did he in heaven,
and in earth,
in the seas,
and all deep places.
7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth;
he maketh lightnings for the rain;
he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt,
both of man and beast.
9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt,
upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
10 Who smote great nations,
and slew mighty kings;
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
and Og king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
12 And gave their land for an heritage,
an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever;
and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations [to generation and generation].
14 For the LORD will judge his people,
and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold,
the work of men's hands.
16 They have mouths,
but they speak not;
eyes have they,
but they see not;
17 They have ears,
but they hear not;
neither is there any breath [indeed nothing of breath is there] in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them:
so is every one that trusteth in them.

19 Bless the LORD,
O house of Israel:
bless the LORD,
O house of Aaron:
20 Bless the LORD,
O house of Levi:
ye that fear the LORD,
bless the LORD.
21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion,
which dwelleth at Jerusalem.
Praise ye the LORD.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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