Psalm 47:8
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New International Version
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

New Living Translation
God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.

English Standard Version
God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

New American Standard Bible
God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.

King James Bible
God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.

International Standard Version
God is king over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

NET Bible
God reigns over the nations! God sits on his holy throne!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God reigns over the nations. God sits upon his holy throne.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God rules the nations. He sits upon his holy throne.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God reigns over the Gentiles; God sits upon the throne of his holiness.

King James 2000 Bible
God reigns over the nations: God sits upon the throne of his holiness.

American King James Version
God reigns over the heathen: God sits on the throne of his holiness.

American Standard Version
God reigneth over the nations: God sitteth upon his holy throne.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God shall reign over the nations: God sitteth on his holy throne.

Darby Bible Translation
God reigneth over the nations; God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

English Revised Version
God reigneth over the nations: God sitteth upon his holy throne.

Webster's Bible Translation
God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

World English Bible
God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.

Young's Literal Translation
God hath reigned over nations, God hath sat on His holy throne,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

47:5-9 Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent and abundant. But here is a needful rule; Sing ye praises with understanding. As those that understand why and for what reasons they praise God, and what is the meaning of the service. It is not an acceptable service, if it is not a reasonable service. We are never to forget the end of Messiah's exaltation, so continually do the prophets dwell upon the conversion of the nations to the gospel of Christ. Why do we vainly fancy that we belong to him, unless the Spirit reign in our hearts by faith? Lord, is it not thy glory and delight to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins, now that thou art exalted as a Prince and a Saviour? Set up thy kingdom in our hearts. Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And so sweetly constrain all the powers and faculties of the souls of thy redeemed, into holy love, fear, and delight in thee, that praise with the understanding may rise from every heart, both here and for ever, to Thee, our God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - God reigneth over the heathen. God had manifested his kingly power over the heathen by subduing great numbers of them, and making them subject to Israel. He would one day manifest it still more by bringing all nations into his Church. God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. The throne from which he exercises a just, a righteous, and a holy rule.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

God reigneth over the Heathen,.... He reigned over Israel under the former dispensation, and now he reigns over the Gentiles under the Gospel dispensation; as appears by the numerous instances of conversion among them in the first ages of Christianity; and by the many churches that were planted by the means of the apostles; and by the destruction of the Roman Pagan empire under the sixth seal, Revelation 6:12; and which will still more appear by the destruction of Rome Papal, when all the Heathens shall perish out of the land; and by the fulness and forces of the Gentiles being brought into a submission to him; all which are reasons to sing praises to him;

God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness; or his holy throne, which is heaven; on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; on his Father's throne; having done his work on earth he is received up into heaven, and is set down on a throne at the right hand of God, an honour which none of the angels have: he has ceased from his work and entered into his rest, and sits and sees of the travail of his soul; all which is matter of joy to his people, and a reason why they should sing praises; and the rather, since they are set down with him in heavenly places: or this may be understood of his sitting on the throne of judgment to judge the world in righteousness at the last day, it following upon his reign over the Gentiles; though the other sense best agrees with his immediate ascension to heaven.

The Treasury of David

8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Now at this moment, over the most debased idolaters, God holds a secret rule; here is work for faith. How we ought to long for the day when this truth shall be changed in its aspect, and the rule now unrecognized shall be delighted in! The great truth that God reigneth in providence is the guarantee that in a gracious gospel sense his promise shall be fulfilled, and his kingdom shall come. "He sitteth upon the throne of his holiness." Unmoved he occupies an undisputed throne, whose decrees, acts, and commands are holiness itself. What other throne is like this? Never was it stained with injustice, or defiled with sin. Neither is he who sits upon it dismayed, or in a dilemma. He sits in serenity, for he knows his own power, and sees that his purposes will not miscarry. Here is reason enough for holy song.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8, 9. The instruction continued.

throne of … holiness—or, "holy throne" (see on [593]Ps 2:6; [594]Ps 23:4).

Psalm 47:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Clap Your Hands, All You Peoples
7For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. 8God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne. 9The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted.
Cross References
Revelation 4:9
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,

Revelation 4:10
the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"

Psalm 22:28
for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.

Psalm 67:4
May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Psalm 103:19
The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Ezekiel 43:7
He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defile my holy name--neither they nor their kings--by their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings at their death.
Treasury of Scripture

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