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To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

76:2 Salem. This is the only place in the Old Testament where the name of “Jerusalem” (“the City of Peace”) is abbreviated to “Salem” (or simply “Peace”). Since this psalm is looking forward to the millennium, when God “shall speak peace” (Zechariah 9:10) to all nations, and “out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3), the city may then be known simply as Salem. It is true that Melchizedek was called “the king of Salem” in the days of Abraham (Genesis 14:18), but this was probably a theophany, not referring to an earthly city at all, but to the heavenly city (see note on Hebrews 7:2, etc.).

76:10 wrath of man. In ways beyond our present comprehension, God will receive greater glory in eternity because He has allowed sin and human rebellion for a season than if He had never permitted it at all. Thus we shall know Him as Savior as well as Creator. However, this can only be so if He allows it just for a season; it cannot go on forever; the remainder of wrath He shall restrain!

Psalm 77 (title) Jeduthun. See the note on the title of Psalm 39 for the significance of “Jeduthun.”

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