Touch Not My Anointed: What Does 1 Chronicles 16:22 Mean?

1 Chronicles 16:22, “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (King James Version)

Translation1 Chronicles 16:22
ESVsaying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”
NASB“Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”
NIV“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
NLT“Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.”

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Touch Not My Anointed: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

16:7-36 Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it.

Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ.

We have reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the servants of God in distress.

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1 Chronicles 16:22 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1Ch 16:7-43. His Psalm of Thanksgiving.

7. Then on that day David delivered first this psalm—Among the other preparations for this solemn inauguration, the royal bard had composed a special hymn for the occasion.

Doubtless it had been previously in the hands of Asaph and his assistants, but it was now publicly committed to them as they entered for the first time on the performance of their sacred duties.

It occupies the greater part of this chapter (1Ch 16:8-36), and seems to have been compiled from other psalms of David, previously known to the Israelites, as the whole of it will be found, with very slight variations, in Ps 96:1-13; 105:1-15; 106:47, 48.

In the form, however, in which it is given by the sacred historian, it seems to have been the first psalm given for use in the tabernacle service.

Abounding, as it does, with the liveliest ascriptions of praise to God for the revelation of His glorious character and the display of His marvellous works and containing, as it does, so many pointed allusions to the origin, privileges, and peculiar destiny of the chosen people, it was admirably calculated to animate the devotions and call forth the gratitude of the assembled multitude.

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Daniel Isaiah Joseph

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