Psalm 147:4
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New International Version
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

New Living Translation
He counts the stars and calls them all by name.

English Standard Version
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

New American Standard Bible
He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

King James Bible
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

International Standard Version
He keeps track of the number of stars, assigning names to all of them.

NET Bible
He counts the number of the stars; he names all of them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He counts the number of the stars and he calls all of them by names.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He determines the number of stars. He gives each one a name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He counts the number of the stars and calls them all by their names.

King James 2000 Bible
He determines the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.

American King James Version
He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.

American Standard Version
He counteth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who telleth the number of the stars: and calleth them all by their names.

Darby Bible Translation
He counteth the number of the stars; he giveth names to them all.

English Revised Version
He telleth the number of the stars; he giveth them all their names.

Webster's Bible Translation
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

World English Bible
He counts the number of the stars. He calls them all by their names.

Young's Literal Translation
Appointing the number of the stars, To all them He giveth names.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

147:1-11 Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely; it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people in covenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, and will bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom God heals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace, assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let others praise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God's knowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while he telleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he will not leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore no fruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious and suitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. We are not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act under the gracious influences of hope and fear united.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - He telleth the number of the stars. Nothing escapes God's knowledge. He knew the number of the exiles, and the place and name of each, just as he knows the number of the stars and their names (comp. Isaiah 40:26). He calleth them all by their names (see Job 9:9; Isaiah l.s.c.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He telleth the number of the stars,.... Which no man can do exactly; see Genesis 15:5; the ancient astronomers pretended to tell them, as Aratus and Eudoxus (o), and fixed their number at a thousand and some odd; but then these were only such as were of some magnitude and influence, and such as commonly appeared; but since the use of telescopes many are seen which were not before; and especially those clusters of them in the Milky Way cannot be distinctly discerned and told; but the Lord that made them can tell their exact number. Aben Ezra thinks this is said with respect to the outcasts of Israel scattered throughout the whole earth, as the stars are in the upper orb; and that as the Lord knows the one, he knows the other; which is not amiss, especially spiritually understood;

he calleth them all by their names; not that he calls one Jupiter and another Verus, &c. as the Heathens have done; but the sense is, that he has as perfect, distinct, and exact knowledge of them, as we have of any persons or things that we can call by name, and more so; see Isaiah 40:26. This may be applied to the saints, who are like to stars for the light they receive from Christ the sun of righteousness, and are a number which no man can number; but Christ knows them all distinctly and exactly, and can call them by name, and holds them in his right hand, and will preserve them; and they shall shine for ever like stars, yea, like the sun in the kingdom of his Father; so Arama interprets this of the righteous, who are compared to stars; see Daniel 12:4.

(o) Vid. Augustin de Civ. Dei, l. 16. c. 23.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4, 5. God's power in nature (Isa 40:26-28, and often) is presented as a pledge of His power to help His people.

telleth … stars—what no man can do (Ge 15:5).

Psalm 147:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
3He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. 5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:5
He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Treasury of Scripture

He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.

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Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

Psalm 148:3 Praise you him, sun and moon: praise him, all you stars of light.

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, …

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, …

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