A house is built.
The house is established.
The rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Wise warriors are mightier
Than strong ones.
Those who have knowledge are mightier
Than those who have strength.
By wise guidance
You can wage your war.
In an abundance of counselors
There is victory.
Wisdom is too high for fools.
At the gate
They do not open their mouths.”
You need wisdom and understanding to build a house. You need knowledge so that you can fill up the rooms with precious and pleasant rich items. The wise knowledgeable warrior is mightier than the physically strong warrior. You need wise guidance to wage a war. The more counselors you have, the greater the possibility of victory. Fools think that wisdom is too high and foolish. Thus at the meetings at the gate, they say nothing.
“You live in the shelter of the Most High.
You abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
You will say to Yahweh.
‘My refuge and my fortress.
In whom I trust.’”
Psalm 91 has no title, unlike many of the other psalms. This psalm starts with 4 different names for God, which is unusual since normally only 2 or 3 names are used, God or Yahweh. First we live in the shelter of the Most High God that is El Elyon in Hebrew and gphyistos in Greek, the highest one. Next we abide in the shadow of the Almighty God that is El Shaddai in Hebrew and the more familiar Greek pantokrator, creator of all. Normally when the Israelites speak to God they call him with the more familiar Yahweh that is the proper name for the God of Israel, more commonly the Hebrew epigram YHW. He seems to be an Israelite warrior God who gets angry a lot. He could not be depicted with any statues or idols. Later Jewish prayer life changed the pronunciation of Yahweh with the word Adonai in its place. The common translation of Yahweh into Greek was kurios, or Lord. Thus many bibles use this term “Lord” for Yahweh. So what did he say to Yahweh? Yahweh is his refuge and fortress. However, then we have the 4th term for God, Elohim in Hebrew and Theos in Greek. Using Theos in Greek put God at the same level as other gods, but clearly Adonai or Yahweh was the monotheistic God in the later writings. Obviously this psalmist trusted in God.
“King Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and captured it.”
No one seems to know where this Hamath-zobah was. It could be a combination of 2 lost towns. King Solomon was not known as a warrior, so that this seems out of character. However, the biblical chronicler thought it important enough to mention.