Psalm 47:2
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New American Standard Bible
For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.

King James Bible
For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth.

World English Bible
For Yahweh Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
For Jehovah Most High is fearful, A great king over all the earth.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For the Lord most high - Yahweh, the Most High God; that is, who is exalted above all other beings. Compare Exodus 18:11; 1 Chronicles 16:25 Psalm 96:4; 2 Chronicles 2:5; Psalm 95:3.

Is terrible - literally, is to be feared; that is, reverenced and adored. There is an idea in the words "terrible" and "terror" which is not contained in the original, as if there were something harsh, severe, stern, in his character. The word in the original does not go beyond the notion of inspiring reverence or awe, and is the common word by which the worship of God is designated in the Scriptures. The meaning is, that he is worthy of profound reverence or adoration.

He is a great king over all the earth - He rules the world. He is a universal Sovereign. The immediate "occasion" of saying this, when the psalm was composed, was evidently some victory (which had been achieved over the enemies of the people of God) so decided, and so immediately by the divine power, as to prove that he has absolute control over all nations.

Psalm 47:2 Parallel Commentaries

The Work of Christ.
The great work which the Lord Jesus Christ, God's well beloved Son, came to do was to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. This finished work of the cross is the basis of His present work and His future work. What mind can estimate the value and preciousness of that work in which the Holy One offered Himself through the eternal Spirit without spot unto God! He procured redemption by His death on the cross. In His present work and much more in the future work, He works out this great redemption
A. C. Gaebelein—The Work Of Christ

The Joy of the Lord.
IT is written "the joy of the Lord is your strength." Every child of God knows in some measure what it is to rejoice in the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ must ever be the sole object of the believer's joy, and as eyes and heart look upon Him, we, too, like "the strangers scattered abroad" to whom Peter wrote shall "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Pet. i:8). But it is upon our heart to meditate with our beloved readers on the joy of our adorable Lord, as his own personal joy. The
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Cross References
Deuteronomy 7:21
"You shall not dread them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.

Nehemiah 1:5
I said, "I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

Psalm 66:5
Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.

Psalm 68:35
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!

Psalm 76:12
He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

Psalm 89:7
A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?

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