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A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness ° in him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

92:3 solemn sound. Although instrumental music was used in the ancient Jewish worship, it was “solemn” music. The Hebrew for “solemn sound” is higgaion, a word translated “meditation” in Psalm 19:14. See note in Psalm 9:16.

92:5 very deep. See notes on Psalm 139:6,17, and Romans 11:33.

92:10 unicorn. The unicorn (Hebrew reem) was not a mythical animal, but an extinct animal. Many commentators think it was the giant wild ox, or aurochs. This verse indicates, however, that it did have a “horn” (not two horns, that may have looked like one horn from a distance). Deuteronomy 33:17 speaks of the “horns of unicorns,” but this is ambiguous as to whether it meant one-horned or two-horned animals. Many ancient writers describe unicorns as large and fierce animals with one horn. An extinct type of rhinoceros or some other now-unknown extinct animal may be the best explanation.

92:12 like the palm tree. Believers are often compared to trees in Scripture (Psalm 1:3; 52:8; Hosea 14:6). The palm here is the date palm, perhaps the most useful of all trees—producing dates, sugar, wine, honey, oil, resin, rope, thread, tannin and dyes. Its seeds are fed to cattle and its leaves are used for roofs, fences, mats, and baskets. Its fruit gets sweeter as the tree ages. Note the next verse, which says that true believers “shall still bring forth fruit in old age.”

92:14 fat and flourishing. Elderly believers who tend to become heavier as they grow older can perhaps take comfort from this promise!

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