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2018 August 18
Psalm 105

The Israelites After Crossing the Red Sea (1641)
Simon de Vos (1603-1676)
Flemish Baroque Style
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: The painting above depicts a central event (mentioned in the Psalm below) in the history of Israel -- the Exodus -- a physical counterpart to the spiritual deliverance provided by the atonement which Christ accomplished by his death on the cross. ]


[ 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 105, the Psalmist praises God for his goodness and gives a brief history of his kindness to Israel and their forefathers. The author and occasion are unknown; but the first part of the Psalm resembles 1 Chronicles 16:8-22, which contains a Psalm which was written by David. So David or some other Psalmist who used some of David's material could have written the Psalm.
     The Psalmist commands his readers to give thanks to the LORD, to call upon his name, to make known his deeds, to sing unto him, to talk or his wondrous works, to glory in his holy name, to rejoice in seeking the LORD, to seek his strength, to seek his face, and to remember his marvelous works, wonders, and judgments (1-5).
     The Psalmist reminds his readers that the LORD is a God of justice in all of the earth. He has remembered his covenant with Abraham to a thousand generations and confirmed it to Isaac and Jacob (Israel), saying that he would give them and their descendants the land of Canaan. He did this when they were few in number, and when they were strangers in the earth, and when they moved from one nation to another. He allowed no one to do them wrong. He reproved kings for their sakes and would not allow them to touch his anointed or to do harm to his prophets (6-15).
     He sent Joseph into Egypt ahead of his family to deliver them from a famine. After Joseph endured much affliction, the LORD set him over the land of Egypt and gave him power over the other Egyptian officials (16-22).
     Joseph's family then came to Egypt where they increased in number and became stronger than their enemies. When their enemies afflicted them, the LORD sent plagues upon their persecutors; and he brought them out of Egypt (23-38).
     The LORD covered them with a cloud by day and gave them light by night. He fed them with quails and with manna. He gave them water out of the rock. He did these things because he remembered his promise to Abraham. He gave them joy and gladness (39-43).
     The LORD then gave them the land of Canaan in which they were to live and to keep his laws (44-45).

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. 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.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 105: 1 Chronicles 16:8-22].
[1] Isaiah 12:4.
[4] Psalm 111:2.
[9] Haggai 2:5.
[10] Psalm 2:7.
[14] Genesis 26:11.
[15] Psalm 89:38; Psalm 89:51; Genesis 20:7.
[16] 2 Kings 8:1; Leviticus 26:26; Psalm 104:15.
[17] Genesis 45:5; Genesis 1:20.
[19] Genesis 41:12; Judges 13:12; Psalm 17:3; Psalm 18:30; Proverbs 30:5.
[25] Isaiah 6:9-10; Mark 4:12; Exodus 1:10.
[27] Psalm 65:3.
[34] Joel 1:4; Joel 2:25; Nahum 3:15; Jeremiah 51:14; Jeremiah 51:27; Numbers 22:4.
[36] Psalm 78:51.
[37] Isaiah 5:27.
[39] Isaiah 4:5.
     -- 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 105 - #1. Psalm 105 - #2. Psalm 105 - #4. Psalm 105 - #5. Psalm 105 - #6. 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 90-106.
1406 - 539 B.C. Israel
God's Greatness Among the Nations

Psalm 105
Israel gives thanks for deliverances in Egypt and Canaan.

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

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.
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.

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.

26 He sent Moses his servant;
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27 They shewed his signs [words of 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 [abounded with frogs],
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 [nothing of] 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 bought them forth also with silver and gold:
and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
38 Egypt was glad when they departed:
for the fear of them fell upon them.

39 He spread a cloud for a coverering;
and fire to give light in the night.
40 The people asked,
and he bought 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 bought 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.

* 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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