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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 138

 

 

Introduction
1David praises God for the truth of his word.
4He prophesies that the kings of the earth shall praise God.
7He professes his confidence in God.

Verse 1
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
A. M. 3485. B.C. 519. (Title.) A Psalm of David. Five MSS. omit {ledawid;} and the LXX. and Arabic prefix also the names of Haggai and Zechariah; and it is probable that it was composed to be sung at the dedication of the second temple
I will praise
9:1; 86:12,13; 103:1,2; 111:1; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19
with my whole
The versions and several MSS. add Jehovah.
before
82:1,6; 119:46; Exodus 22:28; John 10:34-36; Acts 23:5; Hebrews 1:14
the gods
Or, God. Elohim.

Verse 2
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
toward
5:7; 28:2; 99:5,9; 1 Kings 8:29,30; Daniel 6:10
and praise
36:5,6; 85:10; 86:15; 89:1,2; 100:4,5; 115:1; Isaiah 63:7; Micah 7:18-20; Luke 1:68-72; John 1:17; Romans 15:8,9
for thou hast
56:4,10; Isaiah 42:21; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35

Verse 3
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
In the day
18:6; 34:4-6; 77:1,2; Isaiah 65:24
strengthenedst
27:14; 29:11; 63:8; Isaiah 12:2; 40:29-31; 41:10; Zechariah 10:12; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 3:16; 6:10; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11; 1 Peter 5:10

Verse 4
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
All the kings
72:11; 102:15,22; Isaiah 49:23; 60:3-5,16; Revelation 11:15; 21:24
when they hear
22:22,27; 51:13; 69:30-32; 71:18

Verse 5
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
they shall
Isaiah 52:7-10; 65:14; 66:10-14; Jeremiah 31:11,12; Zephaniah 3:14,15; Matthew 21:5-9; Luke 19:37,38
for great
21:5; Exodus 15:11; 33:18,19; Isaiah 6:1-3; Malachi 1:11; John 13:31,32; 17:1; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 1:6,12; Revelation 4:11; 5:12-14; 7:12; 19:1

Verse 6
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Though
51:17; 113:5,6; 1 Samuel 2:7,8; Proverbs 3:34; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; Luke 1:51-53; Luke 14:11; 18:14; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5,6
but the proud
Exodus 18:11; Job 40:11,12; Isaiah 2:11,17; Ezekiel 28:2-9; Daniel 4:37; 5:20-24; Acts 12:22,23
afar off
139:2; Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Verse 7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
Though I walk
23:3,4; 41:7,8; 66:10-12; Job 13:15; 19:25,26; Isaiah 57:16
thou wilt
71:20,21; 85:6; 119:49,50
thou shalt stretch
35:1-3; 56:1,2,9; 64:7,8; 77:10; 144:1,2; Isaiah 5:25; 9:12,17,21; Isaiah 10:4; Micah 7:8-10
and thy right
17:7; 18:35; 44:3,5-7; 60:5; Isaiah 41:10; Acts 2:33

Verse 8
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
perfect
57:2; Isaiah 26:12; Jeremiah 32:39,40; John 15:2; Romans 5:10; 8:28-30; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:24
thy mercy
100:5; 103:17
forsake
71:6-9,17,18; Job 10:3,8; 14:15; Isaiah 42:16; 43:21; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 4:19; Jude 1:1

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 138:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-138.html.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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