105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: a make known his deeds among the people.
(a) For as much as the Israelites were exempted
from the common condemnation of the world, and were elected to be God's
people, the prophet wills them to show themselves mindful by thanksgiving.
Seek the LORD, and his b strength: seek
his face evermore.
(b) By the strength and face he means the ark
where God declared his power and his presence.
105:5 Remember his c
marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the d
judgments of his mouth;
(c) Which he has wrought in the deliverance of
(d) Because his power was declared living by
this, as if he would have declared it by mouth.
Which [covenant] he e made with Abraham,
and his oath unto Isaac;
(e) The promise God made to Abraham to be his
God, and the God of his seed after him, he renewed and repeated again to his
seed after him.
105:11 Saying, f
Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
(f) He shows that they would not enjoy the land
of Canaan by any other means, but by reason of his covenant made with their
He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved g
kings for their sakes;
(g) That is, the king of Egypt and the king of
105:15 [Saying], Touch not mine h
anointed, and do my i prophets no harm.
(h) Those whom I have sanctified to be my people.
(i) Meaning, the old fathers, to whom God showed
himself plainly, and who set forth his word.
105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the
land: he brake the whole k staff of
(k) Either by sending scarcity or the strength
and nourishment of it.
Until l the time that his word came: the
word of the LORD tried him.
(l) So long he suffered adversity as God had
appointed, and till he had sufficiently tried his patience.
To bind his m princes at his pleasure;
and teach his senators wisdom.
(m) That the very princes of the countries would
be at Joseph's commandment, and learn wisdom from him.
n He turned their heart to hate his
people, to deal subtilly with his servants.
(n) So it is in God, either to move the hearts of
the wicked to love or to hate God's children.
He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they o
rebelled not against his word.
(o) Meaning, Moses and Aaron.
He p spake, and there came divers sorts
of flies, [and] lice in all their coasts.
(p) So that this vermin did not come by chance,
but as God had appointed, and his prophet Moses spoke.
105:32 He gave them q
hail for rain, [and] flaming fire in their land.
(q) It was strange to see rain in Egypt, much
more it was fearful to see hail.
He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,
(r) He shows that all creatures are armed against
man when God is his enemy as at his commandment the grasshoppers destroyed the
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and [there was] s
not one feeble [person] among their tribes.
(s) When their enemies felt God's plagues his
children by his providence were exempted.
105:38 Egypt was t
glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
(t) For God's plagues caused them to prefer to
depart with the Israelites rather than with their lives.
105:40 [The people] u
asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
(u) Not for necessity but for satisfying of their
105:42 For he remembered
his holy x promise, [and] Abraham his
(x) Which he confirms to the posterity in whom
after a sort the dead live and enjoy the promises.
105:43 And he brought forth his people with y
joy, [and] his chosen with gladness:
(y) When the Egyptians lamented and were
105:45 That they might z
observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.
(z) This is the reason why God preserves his
Church, because they should worship and call on him in this world.