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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 116

Geneva Study BibleGeneva Study Bible

Verse 1

116:1 I {a} love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications.

(a) He grants that no pleasure is so great as to feel God’s help in our need, neither that anything more stirs up our love toward him.

Verse 2

116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon [him] {b} as long as I live.

(b) That is in convenient time to seek help, which was when he was in distress.

Verse 5

116:5 Gracious [is] the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God [is] {c} merciful.

(c) He shows forth the fruit of his love in calling on him, confessing him to be just and merciful and to help them who are destitute of aid and counsel.

Verse 7

116:7 Return unto thy rest, O {d} my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

(d) Which was disturbed before, now rest on the Lord, for he has been beneficial towards you.

Verse 9

116:9 I will {e} walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

(e) The Lord will preserve me and save my life.

Verse 10

116:10 {f} I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

(f) I felt all these things, and therefore was moved by faith to confess them, 2 Corinthians 4:13.

Verse 11

116:11 I said in my {g} haste, All men [are] liars.

(g) In my great distress I thought God would not regard man, who is but lies and vanity, yet I overcame this temptation and felt the contrary.

Verse 13

116:13 I will {h} take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

(h) In the Law they used to make a banquet when they gave solemn thanks to God, and to take the cup and drink in sign of thanksgiving.

Verse 15

116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the {i} death of his saints.

(i) I perceive that God has a care over his, so that he both disposes their death, and takes an account.

Verse 18

116:18 I will pay my {k} vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,

(k) I will thank him for his benefits, for that is a just payment, to confess that we owe all to God.

Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 116". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/psalms-116.html. 1599-1645.
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