that ran down on the beard, The combination of the two adjectives "good" and "pleasant," is more remarkable than the conjunction of two stars of the first magnitude: for a thing to be "good" is good, but for it also to be pleasant is better. Psalm 133:1… for there Yahweh gives the blessing, SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. The last two lines of this verse (“for there Yahweh gives the blessing, even life evermore”) provides a clue to this psalm’s meaning. We have seen the truth of that statement. The Lord is not likely to use for his glory those who are devoid of love; they lack the anointing needful to make them priests unto the Lord. It can also mean a close friend. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. That prayer has gone largely unanswered. In this verse, the psalmist is referring to oil being used for religious purposes. Psalm 133:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 133:1, NIV: "A song of ascents. "For there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! Then he is in the one body, and I must yield him an abiding love. For brethren according to the flesh to dwell together is not always wise; for experience teaches that they are better a little apart, and it is shameful for them to dwell together in disunion. No one can tell the exceeding excellence of such a condition; and so the Psalmist uses the word "how" twice; - Behold how good! (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979-1988), Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R. Such sights ought often to be seen among those who are near of kin, for they are brethren, and therefore should be united in heart and aim; they dwell together, and it is for their mutual comfort that there should be no strife; and yet how many families are rent by fierce feuds, and exhibit a spectacle which is neither good nor pleasant! Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! We can dispense with uniformity if we possess unity: oneness of life, truth, and way; oneness in Christ Jesus; oneness of object and spirit - these we must have, or our assemblies will be synagogues of contention rather than churches of Christ. “It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! 1 See how good and how pleasant it is Christians are all brothers and sisters in Christ. But church unity won’t come easily. which deny the inclusiveness of divine love.”. Not the love which comes and goes, but that which dwells; not that spirit which separates and secludes, but that which dwells together; not that mind which is all for debate and difference, but that which dwells together in unity. Since we are imperfect beings, somewhat of the evil and the unpleasant is sure to intrude; but this will readily be neutralized and easily ejected by the true love of the saints, if it really exists. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. That is, in Zion, or better still, in the place where brotherly love abounds. For brethren; for us, who are brethren, not only by nature and blood, but also by combination in one and the same commonwealth, and by the profession of the same religion. In this verse, the psalmist uses Aaron to represent all priests. Proud member 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Brotherly love comes from the head, but falls to the feet. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Let us love for evermore, and we shall live for evermore. Its rich profusion typified the abundance of the Spirit's graces. "It is like the precious ointment upon the head." No small part of the obstructions to the progress of religion in the world has been caused by the strifes and contentions of the professed friends of God. It would not be exaggerating to say that, in that arid land, dew had life-giving potential. From the loftier mountains the moisture appears to be wafted to the lesser hills: the dews of Hermon fall on Zion. As the copious dew, such as fell on Hermon, falls in fertilizing power on the mountains of Zion, so this unity is fruitful in good works. How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" The word ‘ah (brothers) has several meanings. Knowing the power of unity and the corrosiveness of disunity, Jesus prayed that his disciples (including those yet to be born) “may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17:11, 20-21). THE BLESSING OF DWELLING TOGETHER IN UNITY. It has a sweet perfume about it, comparable to that precious ointment with which the first High Priest was anointed at his ordination. It will charm you into imitation, therefore note it well! He does not attempt to measure either the good or the pleasure, but invites us to behold for ourselves. (Hebrew: yahad). Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. '” (Exodus 30:30-33). It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! David spoke of Jonathan, his beloved friend, as his brother (2 Samuel 1:26). He gives especially his best blessing of eternal life, for love is life; dwelling together in love we have begun the enjoyments of eternity, and these shall not be taken from us. As to brethren inspirit, they ought to dwell together in church fellowship, and in that fellowship one essential matter is unity. 14b (Downers Grove, Illinois:  Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), Limburg, James, Westminster Bible Companion: Psalms (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000, Mays, James Luther, Interpretation: Psalms (Louisville: John Knox, 1994), McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., The New Interpreter’s Bible: The Book of Psalms, Vol. In this verse, the dew “comes down on the hills of Zion.”  As we will see (below), “comes down” is important to understanding this psalm. This makes Christian brotherhood so good and pleasant; it has Jehovah's blessing resting upon it, and it cannot be otherwise than sacred like "the precious ointment," and heavenly like "the dew of Hermon.". Zion is Mount Zion, the mountain on which Jerusalem was built. In the latter sense, all Israelites were brothers and sisters. It "ran down," and it "went down": love for the brethren condescends to men of low estate, it is not puffed up, but is lowly and meek. Whoever compounds any like it, even Aaron’s beard; PSALM 133:1. Of David. This is a chief point of comparison, that as the oil did not remain confined to the place where it first fell, but flowed down the High Priest's hair and bedewed his beard, even so brotherly love descending from the head distils and descends, anointing as it runs, and perfuming all it lights upon. It was also used to mean Israel. It is descriptive of the pleasure which we derive from a picture, from a landscape, from sweet sounds and gentle voices, or from love. Holy concord is as dew, mysteriously blessed, full of life and growth for all plants of grace. (NASB) Ps. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is! Dew is moisture that condenses in the cool of the night air and helps to moisten vegetation. THE ARGUMENT. It has a special use about it; for as by the anointing oil Aaron was set apart for the special service of Jehovah, even so those who dwell in love are the better fitted to glorify God in his church. All rights reserved. (2) There is a special fitness that they should be united, or dwell in unity. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. God looks on with approval, therefore consider it with attention. 133:1-2 It may be seen, for it is the characteristic of real saints – therefore fail not to inspect it! In that dry climate, dew provided an important supplement to rain. Mount Hermon was a large mountain (9230 feet or 2813 meters high) located near Israel’s northern border. that comes down on the hills of Zion: Mount Hermon is 120 miles (190 km) north of Mount Zion, so dew falling on Hermon would not reach Mount Zion. Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. Psalm 133:1. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. Then he is as the skirts of the garment, and my heart's love must fall even upon him.

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