Psalm 118:27
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New International Version
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

New Living Translation
The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.

English Standard Version
The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!

New American Standard Bible
The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

King James Bible
God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD is God and has given us light. Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

International Standard Version
The LORD is God—he will be our light! Bind the festival sacrifice with ropes to the horn at the altar.

NET Bible
The LORD is God and he has delivered us. Tie the offering with ropes to the horns of the altar!

New Heart English Bible
The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, our God, shine to us and bind our holidays in chains unto the horns of the altar!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is God, and he has given us light. March in a festival procession with branches to the horns of the altar.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD is God, and hath given us light; Order the festival procession with boughs, even unto the horns of the altar.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD is God, and He has given us light;
            Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God is the LORD, who has shined on us; bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

King James 2000 Bible
God is the LORD, who has showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

American King James Version
God is the LORD, which has showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

American Standard Version
Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord is God, and he hath shone upon us. Appoint a solemn day, with shady boughs, even to the horn of the alter.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, -- up to the horns of the altar.

English Revised Version
The LORD is God, and he hath given us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Webster's Bible Translation
God is the LORD, who hath shown us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

World English Bible
Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

Young's Literal Translation
God is Jehovah, and He giveth to us light, Direct ye the festal-sacrifice with cords, Unto the horns of the altar.
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. 27The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. 28You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.…
Cross References
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Exodus 27:2
"You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.

1 Kings 18:39
When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God."

Esther 8:16
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

Psalm 18:28
For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

Psalm 27:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Ezekiel 43:15
"The altar hearth shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth shall extend upwards four horns.
Treasury of Scripture

God is the LORD, which has showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

God

1 Kings 18:21,39 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between …

shewed

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your …

Esther 8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they …

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

bind

Psalm 51:18,19 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion: build you the walls of Jerusalem…

1 Kings 8:63,64 And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered …

1 Chronicles 29:21 And they sacrificed sacrifices to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings …

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …

the horns

Exodus 27:2 And you shall make the horns of it on the four corners thereof: his …

Exodus 38:2 And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns …

(27) Shewed us light . . .--Whether this is literal or figurative is difficult to decide. If literal, it may be a repetition of Psalm 118:24; or if there is a particular reference in this psalm to the Feast of Tabernacles, Mr. Burgess's suggestion, which connects the light with the pillar of cloud and fire, of which that feast was very probably specially commemorative, is most worthy of notice. Figuratively the words would, of course, mean "the light of salvation and hope," as so frequently in the Psalms. It is also possible there may be allusion to the priestly benediction (Numbers 6:25), where the verb is the same.

Bind the sacrifice . . .--This cannot well be, "tie the victim to the horns of the altar," for the Hebrew is "as far as to," and no satisfactory explanation is possible of binding animals as far as the altar, unless we are to translate "bind and lead." But the Hebrew word rendered victim might by derivation ("to go round") easily mean a circlet or crown, and by supplying the verb go we get bind on a crown, go with garlands even to the horns of the altar. The ancient versions, LXX., Vulg., Aquila, Symmachus, all point to this rendering.

Verse 27. - God is the Lord, which hath showed us light. Having received the priestly benediction, the processionists resume their strain. They have entered within the courts; they are approaching the altar of sacrifice; they have brought their offering. "Jehovah," they say, "is God, and hath given us light" (see the Revised Version). That is, he has enlightened our spirits to see and acknowledge his mercies; or, perhaps, he has led us, as he did the people, by a pillar of fire in the wilderness; and now we stand before the altar with our offering - receive it at our hands, ye priests-and bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. So shalt the act of thanksgiving be complete, and the solemn service ended. The fanciful exposition of Luther, lately revived by Professor Cheyne, will scarcely approve itself to critics generally. God is the Lord, which hath showed us light,.... These are the words of the people, acknowledging divine favours; particularly that the Lord had caused his face to shine upon them, as the priest wished for, Numbers 6:25. The Lord might be said to show them light, by sending the Messiah to them, who came a light into the world; by making a Gospel day, for which they expressed their gladness, Psalm 118:24; by causing the light of his glorious Gospel to shine into their hearts; by making them who were darkness light, the darkness of ignorance and unbelief to pass away, and the true light to shine; by lifting up the light of his countenance upon them, and giving them hopes of the light of glory and happiness, and making them meet to be partakers of the inheritance with the saints in light; for all which they are thankful, and call for sacrifices;

bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar; that is, the lamb, as the Targum and Aben Ezra. Take a lamb for sacrifice, and bind it with cords; and being bound, lead it to the altar; there slay it, and then pour the blood upon the horns of it; which were the usual rites in sacrifice. Or bring a large number of sacrifices bound, as many as will fill the court, even up to the horns of the altar, upon this joyful occasion: for the sacrifice was not bound to the horns of the altar; but it denotes here such a number of sacrifices as would fill the court, and reach thither; so Gussetius (h) interprets it very rightly. But we are not to think of slain beasts, but of holy and living sacrifices, even the persons of God's people; their bodies and souls, and their sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving; since this refers to Gospel times; whose hearts in such service are to be united to fear the Lord, and fixed trusting in him; and are to be drawn to it with the cords of love, which are more than all whole burnt offerings; and which sacrifices are to be brought to the altar, Christ; which is most holy, and sanctifies gifts and persons, and renders them acceptable to God; and which is to be compassed about with songs of deliverance and salvation, by persons from every quarter, the four corners of the earth. Luther renders it,

"adorn the feast with leaves;''

and others,

"bind on the feast day branches,''

of trees, as was usual on the feast of tabernacles; see Leviticus 23:40; and it was usual with the Heathens to strew their altars with green herbs and flowers (i), particularly vervain, put for all other sweet herbs (k): hence Ovid (l) calls them "herbosas aras"; which the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions seem to countenance.

(h) Comment. Ebr. p. 87. (i) Martial. l. 3. Ep. 24. "virides aras". Vid. Ovid. de Trist. l. 3. Eleg. 13. "Ramis tegerem ut frondentibus aras", Virgil. Aeneid. 3. v. 25. (k) Terent. Andria, 4. 2.((l) Metamorph. l. 15. Fab. 49. 27-29. showed us light—or favor (Ps 27:1; 97:11). With the sacrificial victim brought bound to the altar is united the more spiritual offering of praise (Ps 50:14, 23), expressed in the terms with which the Psalm opened. 118:22,23, may refer to David's preferment; but principally to Christ. 1. His humiliation; he is the Stone which the builders refused: they would go on in their building without him. This proved the ruin of those who thus made light of him. Rejecters of Christ are rejected of God. 2. His exaltation; he is the chief Cornerstone in the foundation. He is the chief Top-stone, in whom the building is completed, who must, in all things, have the pre-eminence. Christ's name is Wonderful; and the redemption he wrought out is the most amazing of all God's wondrous works. We will rejoice and be glad in the Lord's day; not only that such a day is appointed, but in the occasion of it, Christ's becoming the Head. Sabbath days ought to be rejoicing days, then they are to us as the days of heaven. Let this Saviour be my Saviour, my Ruler. Let my soul prosper and be in health, in that peace and righteousness which his government brings. Let me have victory over the lusts that war against my soul; and let Divine grace subdue my heart. The duty which the Lord has made, brings light with it, true light. The duty this privilege calls for, is here set forth; the sacrifices we are to offer to God in gratitude for redeeming love, are ourselves; not to be slain upon the altar, but living sacrifices, to be bound to the altar; spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise, in which our hearts must be engaged. The psalmist praises God, and calls upon all about him to give thanks to God for the glad tidings of great joy to all people, that there is a Redeemer, even Christ the Lord. In him the covenant of grace is made sure and everlasting.
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