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Psalm 115

Psalm 115:1
115:1 Not {a} unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name
      give glory, for thy mercy, [and] for thy truth's sake.

      (a) Because God promised to deliver them, not for their
          sakes, but for his Name, Isaiah 48:11, therefore
          they ground their prayer on this promise.

Psalm 115:2
115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, {b} Where [is] now their

      (b) When the wicked see that God does not always
          accomplish his promise as they imagined, they think
          there is no God.

Psalm 115:3
115:3 But our God [is] in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever
      he hath {c} pleased.

      (c) No impediments can slow his work, but he uses even the
          impediments to serve his will.

Psalm 115:4
115:4 Their idols [are] {d} silver and gold, the work of men's

      (d) Seeing that neither the matter nor the form can
          commend their idols it follows that there is no reason
          that they should be esteemed.

Psalm 115:7
115:7 They have {e} hands, but they handle not: feet have they,
      but they walk not: neither speak they through their

      (e) He shows what great vanity it is to ask help from them
          who not only have no help in them, but lack sense and

Psalm 115:8
115:8 They that make them are {f} like unto them; [so is] every
      one that trusteth in them.

      (f) As much without sense as blocks and stones.

Psalm 115:10
115:10 {g} O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he [is] their
       help and their shield.

       (g) For they were appointed by God as instructors and
           teachers of faith and religion for others to follow.

Psalm 115:12
115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless [us]; he
       {h} will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the
       house of Aaron.

       (h) That is, he will continue his graces toward his

Psalm 115:15
115:15 Ye [are] blessed of the LORD which {i} made heaven and

       (i) And therefore still governs and continues all things
           in it.

Psalm 115:16
115:16 The {k} heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but
       the earth hath he given to the children of men.

       (k) And they declare enough his sufficiency so that the
           world serves him nothing, but to show his fatherly
           care toward men.

Psalm 115:17
115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that {l} go
       down into silence.

       (l) Though the dead set forth God's glory, yet he means
           here, that they praise him not in his Church and

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