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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 116

Introduction

1The psalmist professes his love and duty to God for his deliverance.
12He studies to be thankful.

Verse 1

I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
A. M. 3468. B.C. 536. (Title.) From several instances of the Chaldee dialect being used in this Psalm, it appears to have been written after the Babylonian captivity
love
18:1-6; 119:132; Mark 12:33; John 21:17; 1 John 4:19; 5:2,3
because
18:6; 31:22,23; 34:3,4; 40:1; 66:19,20; 69:33; Genesis 35:2; 1 Samuel 1:26; John 16:24
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:19 - and thou; Genesis 24:21 - wondering at; Genesis 24:52 - worshipped; Genesis 35:3 - who answered; Deuteronomy 11:1 - thou shalt; Deuteronomy 26:7 - we cried; 1 Samuel 1:27 - and the Lord; 2 Samuel 22:1 - David; 1 Kings 9:3 - I have heard; 1 Kings 22:32 - Jehoshaphat; 1 Chronicles 4:10 - God granted; 2 Chronicles 18:31 - Jehoshaphat; Esther 5:2 - she; Job 9:16 - If I had; Job 22:27 - make thy; Job 33:26 - pray; Psalm 3:4 - I cried; Psalm 6:9 - will receive; Psalm 28:6 - General; Psalm 59:16 - day; Psalm 66:17 - I cried; Psalm 71:2 - incline; Psalm 77:1 - gave; Psalm 118:21 - General; Song of Solomon 1:7 - O thou; Isaiah 38:9 - writing; Lamentations 3:56 - hast

Verse 2

Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
therefore
55:16,17; 86:6,7; 88:1; 145:18,19; Job 27:10; Luke 18:1; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2
as long as I live
Heb. in my days.
Reciprocal: Genesis 13:4 - called; Genesis 24:52 - worshipped; Genesis 35:3 - who answered; 2 Samuel 22:4 - I will; 1 Kings 22:32 - Jehoshaphat; 1 Chronicles 4:10 - called; 2 Chronicles 6:40 - thine ears; 2 Chronicles 18:31 - Jehoshaphat; Job 9:16 - If I had; Psalm 6:9 - will receive; Psalm 17:6 - I have; Psalm 28:6 - General; Psalm 40:1 - inclined; Psalm 61:3 - thou; Psalm 66:17 - I cried; Psalm 66:19 - General; Psalm 71:2 - incline; Psalm 77:1 - gave; Psalm 116:13 - call; Lamentations 3:56 - hast

Verse 3

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
sorrows
18:4-6; 88:6,7; Jonah 2:2,3; Mark 14:33-36; Luke 22:44; Hebrews 5:7
gat hold upon me
Heb. found me. I found.
32:3,4; 38:6; Isaiah 53:3,4
Reciprocal: Genesis 44:34 - come on; 1 Samuel 2:6 - he bringeth; 1 Samuel 20:3 - but a step; 1 Samuel 23:27 - there came; 1 Samuel 30:6 - was greatly; 2 Samuel 22:6 - sorrows; Job 16:16 - on my eyelids; Job 36:8 - if; Job 38:17 - the gates; Psalm 9:13 - thou; Psalm 13:2 - sorrow; Psalm 22:24 - but; Psalm 39:12 - hold; Psalm 40:2 - brought; Psalm 55:4 - terrors; Psalm 88:17 - They; Psalm 107:13 - General; Psalm 116:10 - I was greatly; Psalm 118:5 - called; Psalm 119:143 - Trouble; Psalm 120:1 - my distress; Psalm 130:1 - Out of; Proverbs 13:14 - to; Isaiah 37:3 - General; Lamentations 3:55 - General; Matthew 5:4 - General; Matthew 14:30 - Lord; Matthew 26:38 - My; Luke 8:24 - Master; Luke 15:18 - will arise; Acts 2:24 - loosed; Acts 2:27 - leave; James 5:13 - any among

Verse 4

Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
called
22:1-3; 30:7,8; 34:6; 50:15; 118:5; 130:1,2; 2 Chronicles 33:12,13; Isaiah 37:15-20; 38:1-3; John 2:2
O Lord
6:4; 22:20; 25:17; 40:12,13; 142:4-6; 143:6-9; Luke 18:13; 23:42,43
Reciprocal: Genesis 12:8 - called; Judges 16:28 - called; 1 Samuel 30:6 - was greatly; 2 Samuel 22:4 - I will; 2 Samuel 22:7 - my distress; Psalm 9:13 - thou; Psalm 107:19 - General; Psalm 120:1 - my distress; Isaiah 37:3 - General; Lamentations 3:55 - General; Matthew 14:30 - Lord; Luke 8:24 - Master; Acts 2:24 - loosed

Verse 5

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
Gracious
86:5,15; 103:8; 112:4; 115:1; 145:8; Exodus 34:6,7; Nehemiah 9:17,31; Daniel 9:9; Romans 5:20,21; Ephesians 1:6-8; 2:4; 1 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:4-7
and righteous
119:137; 145:4-7,17; Ezra 9:15; Nehemiah 9:8,33; Isaiah 45:21; Daniel 9:7,14; Romans 3:25,26; 1 John 1:9
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 4:31 - the Lord; James 5:11 - the Lord is

Verse 6

The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
preserveth
19:7; 25:21; Isaiah 35:8; Matthew 11:25; Romans 16:19; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 11:3; Colossians 3:22
I was
79:8; 106:43; 142:6
Reciprocal: Psalm 4:1 - thou; Psalm 16:1 - Preserve; Psalm 136:23 - in our low estate

Verse 7

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
thy rest
95:11; Jeremiah 6:16; 30:10; Matthew 11:28,29; Hebrews 4:8-10
dealt
13:6; 119:17; Hosea 2:7
Reciprocal: Genesis 8:9 - and she; 1 Kings 3:6 - mercy; Psalm 73:28 - But; Psalm 84:3 - sparrow; Psalm 119:65 - dealt well; Psalm 142:7 - thou shalt; Isaiah 11:10 - his rest; Jeremiah 4:19 - O my; Jeremiah 50:6 - have forgotten; Joel 2:26 - that; Colossians 1:12 - Giving

Verse 8

For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
For thou
56:13; 86:13
mine
Isaiah 25:8; 38:5; Revelation 7:17; 21:4
and my feet
37:24; 94:18; Judges 1:24
Reciprocal: Psalm 6:4 - deliver; Psalm 6:8 - for; Psalm 30:3 - brought; Psalm 73:2 - feet; Isaiah 38:11 - General

Verse 9

I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
walk
61:7; Genesis 17:1; 1 Kings 2:4; 8:25; 9:4; Luke 1:6,75
in the land
27:13; Isaiah 53:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 5:22 - General; Psalm 52:5 - the land; Psalm 56:13 - walk; Ecclesiastes 6:8 - the poor; Isaiah 38:11 - General; Jeremiah 11:19 - from; Ezekiel 32:23 - the land

Verse 10

I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
I believed
2 Corinthians 4:13; Hebrews 11:1
therefore
Numbers 14:6-9; Proverbs 21:28; 2 Peter 1:16,21
I was greatly
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 2:25 - because; 1 Samuel 30:6 - was greatly

Verse 11

I said in my haste, All men are liars.
in my
31:22; 1 Samuel 27:1
All
2 Kings 4:16; Jeremiah 9:4,5; Romans 3:4
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:19 - lest some; Leviticus 19:11 - lie one; Joshua 7:7 - wherefore; 1 Samuel 19:18 - to Samuel; 1 Samuel 20:8 - why shouldest; Job 20:2 - and for; Psalm 37:8 - fret; Psalm 77:10 - This is; Psalm 89:39 - void; Isaiah 35:4 - fearful; Lamentations 3:18 - General

Verse 12

What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
51:12-14; 103:2; Isaiah 6:5-8; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15
Reciprocal: Numbers 31:50 - an oblation; Deuteronomy 11:8 - Therefore; 2 Kings 20:5 - thou shalt go; 2 Chronicles 32:25 - rendered; Ezra 8:35 - offered burnt; Psalm 26:7 - That; Psalm 43:4 - Then; Psalm 50:14 - pay; Psalm 66:17 - I cried; Psalm 107:22 - sacrifice; Psalm 109:30 - I will praise; Nahum 1:15 - perform; Mark 1:31 - ministered; Mark 5:18 - prayed; Mark 5:33 - and told; Luke 4:39 - and ministered; Luke 8:38 - besought; Luke 17:15 - General; John 5:14 - in the

Verse 13

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
I will take
17; Luke 22:17,18,20; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:25-27
call
2; 105:1; Isaiah 12:4
Reciprocal: Numbers 15:5 - General; 2 Samuel 22:4 - I will; 2 Chronicles 32:25 - rendered; Psalm 16:5 - of my; Psalm 23:5 - my cup; Matthew 26:27 - Drink

Verse 14

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
pay my vows
18; 22:25; 56:12; 66:13-15; Jonah 1:16; 2:9; Nahum 1:15; Matthew 5:33
Reciprocal: Genesis 28:20 - vowed; Leviticus 7:16 - be a vow; Leviticus 22:18 - vows; Numbers 30:2 - he shall do; Job 22:27 - pay thy; Psalm 35:18 - give; Psalm 132:2 - he sware; Ecclesiastes 5:4 - pay; Acts 12:17 - declared

Verse 15

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Precious
37:32,33; 72:14; 1 Samuel 25:29; Job 5:26; Luke 16:22; Revelation 1:18; 14:3
Reciprocal: Numbers 23:10 - the death; 1 Samuel 18:30 - set by; 1 Samuel 26:21 - my soul; 2 Kings 1:14 - let my life; 2 Kings 20:6 - I will add; Psalm 16:3 - the saints; Psalm 31:15 - My times; Isaiah 38:5 - I will; Acts 12:17 - declared; Ephesians 3:18 - with

Verse 16

O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
truly
86:16; 119:125; 143:12; John 12:26; Acts 27:23; James 1:1
the son
86:16
thou hast
107:14-16; 2 Chronicles 33:11-13; Isaiah 61:1; Romans 6:22
Reciprocal: Genesis 35:3 - who answered; Leviticus 25:55 - my servants; Leviticus 26:13 - and I have; Deuteronomy 5:15 - the Lord; Joshua 24:18 - will we also; Psalm 4:1 - thou; Proverbs 31:28 - children; Ecclesiastes 5:4 - pay; Isaiah 44:5 - I am; Luke 1:38 - Behold; Luke 7:43 - Thou; Luke 8:38 - besought; Luke 13:13 - and immediately; Acts 2:24 - loosed; Acts 8:23 - the bond; Acts 12:7 - And his; Romans 6:18 - made; Romans 7:25 - thank God; Romans 8:12 - we are; 1 Corinthians 7:22 - is Christ's; 2 Timothy 1:5 - thy mother

Verse 17

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
the sacrifice
50:14; 107:22; Leviticus 7:12; Hebrews 13:15
call
13; Acts 2:42
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:26 - Enos; Genesis 13:4 - called; Genesis 26:25 - called; Leviticus 22:29 - General; Numbers 31:50 - an oblation; 2 Samuel 22:4 - I will; Psalm 27:6 - therefore; Psalm 54:6 - freely; Psalm 65:1 - unto; Psalm 66:13 - pay; Psalm 100:4 - Enter; Psalm 107:15 - General; Psalm 122:4 - to give; Jeremiah 17:26 - sacrifices of; Jeremiah 33:11 - sacrifice; Amos 5:22 - peace offerings; Jonah 2:9 - I will sacrifice; Nahum 1:15 - perform; Malachi 3:3 - an; Luke 13:13 - and immediately; Romans 7:25 - thank God; Colossians 3:15 - and be; Revelation 7:12 - thanksgiving

Verse 18

I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
14; 22:25; 76:11; Ecclesiastes 5:5
Reciprocal: Genesis 28:20 - vowed; Leviticus 7:16 - be a vow; Leviticus 22:18 - vows; Numbers 21:2 - vowed; Numbers 30:2 - he shall do; Deuteronomy 23:21 - General; Deuteronomy 23:23 - That which; Psalm 9:14 - in the gates; Psalm 26:7 - That; Psalm 35:18 - give; Psalm 50:14 - pay; Psalm 118:19 - I will go; Psalm 149:1 - in the congregation; Psalm 150:1 - in his sanctuary; Jeremiah 51:10 - let us; Jonah 2:9 - I will sacrifice; Nahum 1:15 - perform

Verse 19

In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
96:8; 100:4; 118:19,20; 122:3,4; 135:2; 2 Chronicles 6:6 Reciprocal: Exodus 27:9 - the court; Psalm 9:14 - in the gates; Psalm 26:7 - That; Psalm 150:1 - in his sanctuary; Jeremiah 51:10 - let us

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 116". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-116.html.