Psalm 9

1 I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart;
I will show forth all thy marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and exult in thee;
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High.

1-9, 20, 21. Thanksgivings and joy of the Lord, that the evil have been judged and destroyed. P. P.

3 When mine enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish at thy presence.
4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause;
Thou sittest in the throne judging righteously.

3 See Psalm vii. 18. A. 8153.

5 Thou hast rebuked the nations, thou hast destroyed
the wicked;
Thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.

5-8, 18. Quoted from Zechariah xiv. part of verses 1-7. D. P., Page 71.

6 The enemy are come to an end, they are desolate for
And the cities which thou hast overthrown,
The very remembrance of them is perished.

5-9, 18. Of the last judgment. – D. P., Page 71.
The judgment described. D. P., Page 72.
5-9, 18. Of the last judgment. – D. P., Page 71.
The judgment described. D. P., Page 72.

7 But Jehovah sitteth as king for ever:
He hath prepared his throne for judgment;

5, 6, 8. A throne signifies heaven. A throne also signifies judgment β€” see Matthew xxv. 31, etc. R. 229.
That by throne is here signified heaven is evident, for it is said that heaven is Jehovah’s throne that he hath prepared in the heavens, and that he who shall swear by heaven sweareth by the throne of God. Not that Jehovah or the Lord there sits upon a throne, but because throne is predicated of His Divine in the heavens, and it also occasionally appears as a throne to those to whom it is given to look into heaven. That the Lord was thus seen appears in Isaiah vi. 1. E. 253.

5, 8. A throne is often mentioned in the Word where the subject is the Divine truth and judgment therefrom. A. 5313-

8 And he will judge the world in righteousness,
He will minister judgment to the peoples in uprightness.

5, 8, 9. See Psalm vii. 8, 9. A. 9857.
8 As Jehovah, that is the Lord, is the very Esse of the life of all therefore to sit (endure) is predicated of Him in various parts of the Word. See also Psalm i. 1. E. 687.

9 Jehovah also will be a high tower for the oppressed,
A high tower in times of trouble;
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in
For thou, Jehovah, hast not forsaken them that seek
11 Sing praises to Jehovah, who dwelleth in Zion:
Declare among the people his doings.
12 For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth
He forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

9 By the world the church is signified, in like manner as by earth, but it is to be known that when the world and the church are named together, the church as to good is signified by the world, and the church as to truth by the earth. R. 551.

Inasmuch as by the world is understood the church as to good, and justice is predicated of good, therefore it is said: Jehovah shall judge the world in justice, and inasmuch as people are called they who are in truth, and uprightness is truth, therefore it was said: He shall judge the people in uprightness. E. 741.

10 11. And the good have been delivered. P. P

13 Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah;
Behold my affliction which I suffer of them that hate
Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;

14 That by death is signified spiritual death or damnation is evident from very many passages in the Word. A. 61 19.
By the dead they are signified who are destitute of the life of heaven, consequently who are in evils and thence in falsities. E. 186.

14 That I may show forth all thy praise.
In the gates of the daughter of Zion
I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 That the celestial church, or the Lord’s celestial kingdom is called the daughter of Zion from affection for good, or from love to the Lord himself, may be seen in Isaiah x. 32; xvi. 1: Jeremiah iv. 31: Micah iv. 10, 13: etc. A. 2362.

In many places we read of the virgin, and the daughter of Zion, by whom is not meant any virgin or daughter there, but the church as to the affection of good and truth, the same as by the Bride of the Lamb in Revelation xxi. 2, 9; xxii. 17. R# 612.

Knowledges of truth and good are signified by gates. Gates signify introductory truths which are knowledges from the Word. R. 800.

By doors and by gates is signified admission. Specifically introductory truths are signified, which are truths from good derived from the Lord. E. 208.

By the daughter of Zion is signified the spiritual affection of Divine truth, which is the love of truth for the sake of truth, and the desire thereof for the sake of the uses of eternal life. E. 850.

15 The nations are sunk down in the pit that they made:
In the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16 Jehovah hath made himself known, he hath executed
The wicked is snared in the wrork of his own hands.
[Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked shall be turned back unto Sheol,
Even all the nations that forget God.

16-18. And thanksgiving of the latter, that the evil have been conquered and cast into hell. P. P.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
Nor the expectation of the poor perish for ever.
19 Arise, O Jehovah; let not man prevail:
Let the nations be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Jehovah:
Let the nations know themselves to be but men.

19 By the miserable and the poor are chiefly meant those who are not in the knowledges of truth and good, and yet desire them, since by the rich are meant those who possess the knowledges of truth and good. R. 209.

The reason why both the miserable and the poor are mentioned is, because it is according to the style of the Word that where truth is treated of, good is also treated of, and in the opposite sense where what is false is treated of, evil is also treated of, since they form a one and are as a marriage. On this account the miserable and the poor are mentioned together, for by the miserable are understood those who are deficient in the knowledges of truth, and by the poor those who are deficient in the knowledges of good. E. 238.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)