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Psalms 136

Introduction

1An exhortation to give thanks to God for particular mercies.

Verse 1

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Title
&) This Psalm is little else than a repetition of the preceding, with the addition of the burden, "for his mercy endureth for ever," at the end of each verse; and it was doubtless composed on the same occasion. It seems evidently to have been a responsive song; the first part of the verse being probably sung by the Levites, and the burden by the people.
Give thanks
105:1; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 119:68; 2 Chronicles 7:3,6; Ezra 3:11; Jeremiah 33:11
for his mercy
103:17; 1 Chronicles 16:34,41; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Luke 1:50; Jude 1:21

Verse 2

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the God
82:1; 97:7,9; Exodus 18:11; Deuteronomy 10:17; Joshua 22:22; 2 Chronicles 2:5; Daniel 2:47
Reciprocal: Psalm 57:2 - God most;  Daniel 11:36 - the God;  Revelation 17:14 - Lord

Verse 3

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the Lord
1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:17 - Lord of lords;  Psalm 57:2 - God most

Verse 4

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
who alone
72:18; 86:10; Exodus 15:11; Job 5:9; Revelation 15:3
Reciprocal: Job 9:10 - wonders;  Psalm 26:7 - tell;  Psalm 40:5 - Many;  Psalm 77:14 - the God;  Psalm 86:8 - neither;  Psalm 98:1 - for he;  Psalm 145:12 - make known;  Acts 2:11 - wonderful

Verse 5

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
33:6; 104:24; Genesis 1:1; Proverbs 3:19,20; 8:22-29; Jeremiah 51:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:6 - Let there;  Genesis 1:9 - GeneralGenesis 2:1 - Thus;  2 Chronicles 2:12 - that made heaven;  Nehemiah 9:6 - thou hast;  Job 9:4 - wise in heart;  Psalm 26:7 - tell;  Psalm 146:6 - made heaven;  Proverbs 8:27 - he prepared;  Jeremiah 10:12 - hath made;  Jeremiah 27:5 - made;  Jeremiah 32:17 - thou;  Zechariah 12:1 - which

Verse 6

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
24:2; 104:2,3; Genesis 1:9; Job 26:7; 37:18; Isaiah 40:22; 44:24; Jeremiah 10:12; Zechariah 12:1; 2 Peter 3:5-7
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:6 - Let there;  2 Chronicles 2:12 - that made heaven;  Psalm 104:5 - Who laid the foundations of the earth;  Psalm 146:6 - made heaven;  Isaiah 42:5 - he that spread

Verse 7

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
74:16,17; 104:19; Genesis 1:14-19; Deuteronomy 4:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:16 - to rule;  Joshua 10:13 - So the sun;  Job 38:12 - commanded;  Psalm 8:3 - moon;  Psalm 148:3 - sun;  Jeremiah 31:35 - which giveth;  2 Corinthians 4:6 - who

Verse 8

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun
148:3; Jeremiah 31:35; Matthew 5:45
to rule
Heb. for the rulings.
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:16 - to rule;  Job 38:12 - commanded;  Psalm 19:2 - night unto;  Psalm 65:8 - outgoings

Verse 9

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The moon and stars
The sun is the monarch of day, the state of light; the moon of the night, the state of darkness. The rays of the sun falling on the atmosphere, are refracted and diffused over the whole of the hemisphere of the earth immediately under his orb; while those rays of that vast luminary which, because of the earth's smallness in comparison with the sun, are diffused on all sides beyond the earth, falling on the opaque disc of the moon, are reflected back on the lower hemisphere, or the part of the earth opposite the sun. But the reflected light being 50,000 times less in intensity than that of the sun, there is a sufficient distinction between day and night, though each is ruled and determined by one of these two great lights.
8:3; 89:36,37; Job 31:26
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:16 - to rule;  Psalm 19:2 - night unto;  Acts 7:36 - after

Verse 10

To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
78:51; 105:36; 135:8; Exodus 11:5,6; 12:12,29; Hebrews 11:28
Reciprocal: Exodus 9:16 - for to;  Exodus 18:1 - done;  Exodus 22:27 - for I am gracious;  Exodus 34:7 - that will by no means clear the guilty;  Deuteronomy 4:37 - with his;  Deuteronomy 6:21 - GeneralDeuteronomy 7:18 - remember;  Joshua 24:5 - plagued;  Judges 6:8 - a prophet;  Nehemiah 9:10 - showedst;  Psalm 56:1 - Be;  Psalm 78:42 - remembered;  Psalm 101:1 - I will sing;  Isaiah 14:1 - the Lord;  Amos 2:10 - I brought;  Micah 6:4 - I brought;  Acts 7:7 - the nation;  Acts 13:17 - and with

Verse 11

And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
brought out
78:52; 105:37; Exodus 12:51; 13:3,17; 1 Samuel 12:6-8
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:19 - GeneralExodus 6:6 - I will bring;  Exodus 22:27 - for I am gracious;  Psalm 25:6 - for they;  Psalm 77:15 - with;  Jeremiah 32:21 - with a strong;  Amos 2:10 - I brought;  Micah 6:4 - I brought;  Hebrews 8:9 - to lead

Verse 12

With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Exodus 6:6; 13:14; 15:6; Deuteronomy 11:2-4; Isaiah 51:9,10; Jeremiah 32:21; Acts 7:36
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:19 - GeneralExodus 6:1 - with a strong;  1 Kings 8:42 - thy strong hand;  Nehemiah 1:10 - thy strong;  Psalm 77:15 - with

Verse 13

To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
66:5,6; 74:13; 78:13; 106:9-11; Exodus 14:21,22,29; Isaiah 63:12,13; Hebrews 11:29
Reciprocal: Numbers 23:23 - according;  Joshua 24:6 - Egyptians;  Nehemiah 9:11 - divide;  Psalm 135:6 - in the seas;  Isaiah 43:16 - maketh;  Isaiah 51:15 - that divided;  Habakkuk 3:10 - the overflowing;  1 Corinthians 10:1 - and all

Verse 14

And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
pass through
78:13; 106:9; Exodus 14:22
Reciprocal: Psalm 66:6 - He turned

Verse 15

But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
But overthrew
Heb. But shaked off.
78:53; 135:9; Exodus 14:27,28; 15:4,5,10,11; Nehemiah 9:10,11
for his mercy
65:5; 79:6-9; 143:12; Exodus 15:12,13; Luke 1:71-74
Reciprocal: Exodus 34:7 - that will by no means clear the guilty;  Judges 5:2 - for the avenging;  Psalm 56:1 - Be;  Romans 11:22 - therefore

Verse 16

To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
77:20; Exodus 13:18; 15:22; Numbers 9:17-22; Deuteronomy 8:2,15; Nehemiah 9:12,19; Isaiah 49:10; 63:11-14
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 32:12 - the Lord;  Psalm 107:7 - he led;  Jeremiah 2:17 - when he;  Jeremiah 31:2 - found;  Acts 7:36 - and in the wilderness

Verse 17

To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
135:10,11; Joshua 12:1-24
Reciprocal: Numbers 21:35 - GeneralDeuteronomy 29:7 - GeneralJoshua 24:8 - GeneralJudges 11:20 - General2 Chronicles 14:12 - GeneralNehemiah 9:22 - Sihon;  Psalm 44:2 - drive out;  Psalm 56:1 - Be;  Amos 2:9 - I the

Verse 19

Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Numbers 21:21,23; Deuteronomy 2:30-36; 29:7
Reciprocal: Numbers 21:24 - Israel;  Deuteronomy 1:4 - GeneralDeuteronomy 2:32 - GeneralDeuteronomy 3:6 - as we did;  Joshua 12:2 - Sihon;  Judges 5:2 - for the avenging

Verse 20

And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Numbers 21:33; Deuteronomy 3:1-29
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 1:4 - GeneralJoshua 12:2 - Sihon;  Judges 5:2 - for the avenging

Verse 21

And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
44:2,3; 78:55; 105:44; 135:12; Numbers 32:33-42; Deuteronomy 3:12-17; Joshua 12:1-7; Joshua 13:1-21; Nehemiah 9:22-24
Reciprocal: Isaiah 58:14 - and feed

Verse 22

Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
47:4
Reciprocal: Psalm 105:44 - gave;  Psalm 135:12 - gave their

Verse 23

Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
remembered
102:17; 106:43-45; Genesis 8:1; Deuteronomy 32:36; Isaiah 63:9; Ezekiel 16:3-13; Luke 1:48,52
in our low estate
72:12-14; 113:7; 116:6; 142:6; 1 Samuel 2:7,8
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:29 - that God;  Leviticus 14:32 - whose hand;  Leviticus 26:42 - and I will;  Numbers 10:9 - remembered;  1 Samuel 1:19 - and the Lord;  Ezra 9:9 - yet our God;  Psalm 25:6 - Remember;  Psalm 88:5 - whom;  Psalm 115:12 - hath

Verse 24

And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Exodus 15:13; Deuteronomy 15:15; Proverbs 23:10,11; Isaiah 63:9; Luke 1:68-74; Titus 2:14
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 1:29 - hath;  Ezra 9:9 - yet our God;  Psalm 106:10 - redeemed

Verse 25

Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
who giveth food
104:27; 145:15; 147:9
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:29 - to you;  Genesis 6:21 - GeneralJob 36:31 - he giveth;  Psalm 104:14 - that he;  Psalm 146:7 - which giveth food

Verse 26

O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
the God of heaven
1-3; 115:3; 123:1; Jonah 1:9; Revelation 11:13 Reciprocal: Revelation 16:11 - the God

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 136". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-136.html.