Daily Bible Nugget #356, Psalm 8:5

The Nugget

Psa 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

My Comment:

The ninth of well over forty attributes of God on the list I am sharing in this series of Bible Nuggets is the attribute of God’s transcendence. This important attribute describes the fact that God is above all creation. He is not a part of the creation. God was never “made” or “created.” Transcendence is not a word you will find in the text of your Bible, but the idea is there using different words. The cross references I share below will lead to all I have found in the Bible that relates to this attribute or characteristic of God. It is my intention to share the cross references marked with an “n” for note in the very next Bible Nuggets, also about this attribute.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 534 for Psalm 8:5.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 587 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for Psalm 8:5.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 364 of the OT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for Psalm 8:5.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

Psalm 8:5. For thou. Ps 103:20. *Ge 1:26, 27. +*Ge 2:7. 2 S 14:20. Jb 4:18-20. *Phil 2:7, 8. He 2:7, 9, *He 2:16. a little lower. or, lack but little. Such is the literal rendering. The verb only occurs in one other place (Ec 4:8): “and deprive my soul of good,” or make it lack the enjoyment of good. So the present passage would mean, “Thou withheldest him only a little from the enjoyment of God;” “Thou gavest so freely to him of the treasures of Divine bounty and goodness that Thou leftest him little more to desire.” He had not immediate access to the glorious presence of God, as the angel’s had; but to the angels was not committed the wondrous dignity of wearing that nature in which the Son of God was to be incarnate (Kay). Ps 102:23-27. %**Lk 20:36. Jn 1:14. He 1:10-12. than the angels. or, than God. Heb. Elohim. Ge 1:26. This rendering, favored by Young, and found in several versions, is not acceptable from a doctrinal standpoint, for it is out of harmony with what the Old Testament, and the Bible as a whole, teaches about the transcendence (Jb 36:26. *Ps 71:19n. **Ps 139:7n. Is 28:29. 40:12-26. +*Is 57:15. +*Ezk 28:9. Ro 9:5. 1 Tim 6:16) of God—that there is an infinite gulf between man the creature and God the creator. Compare Jn 1:18mg. Elohim here is used in the sense of angels, as at Jb 1:6; 2:1; Ps 29:1mg; Ps 89:6; 97:7; 138:1. He 1:6. 2:6, 7. hast crowned him. Ps 21:3-5. 45:1-3, 6. 103:4. Zc 14:3, 5, 10. Jn 13:31, 32. Ep 1:21. Phil 2:9-11. He 1:3. 2:9. 1 P 1:20, 21. 2 P 1:17. Re 19:12. glory. +*Ps 30:12mg. and honour. Ge 32:10. Jb 41:4. Mt 10:31. Lk 12:7. 1 Cor 11:7.

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