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Thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: . . . who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. . . . O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Similarities between this psalm and the creation account in Genesis 1 are marked. Some Bible authorities perceive the Genesis pattern in the psalm, from the order of the heavens to the assurance of goodness (see v. 28).
One source suggests: “. . . the psalmist’s awareness was grounded not in etymology, not in a knowledge of physical sciences like botany, zoology, geology, hydrology, and meteorology. Rather, the psalmist’s awareness was grounded in theology. . . . For the psalmist, relating to the world . . . begins with praising God.”
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Cit. 3: Soards, Marion L. New International Biblical Commentary—1 Corinthians. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999.
Cit. 5: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 4, Psalms, Proverbs. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.
Cit. 7: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 2, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Cit. 8: Eiselen, Frederick Carl, Edwin Lewis, and David G. Downey, eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929.
Cit. 9: Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub, 2007.
Cit. 16: Eiselen, Frederick Carl, Edwin Lewis, and David G. Downey, eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929; Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.
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