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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 138

Geneva Study BibleGeneva Study Bible

Verse 1

138:1 [[A Psalm] of David.] I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the {a} gods will I sing praise unto thee.

(a) Even in the presence of angels and of them who have authority among men.

Verse 2

138:2 I will worship toward thy holy {b} temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

(b) Both the temple and ceremonial service at Christ’s coming were abolished: so that now God will be worshipped only in spirit and truth, John 4:23.

Verse 3

138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, [and] {c} strengthenedst me [with] strength in my soul.

(c) You have strengthened me against my outward and inward enemies.

Verse 4

138:4 All the {d} kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

(d) All the world will confess that you have wonderfully preserved me, and performed your promise.

Verse 6

138:6 Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth {e} afar off.

(e) Distance of place cannot hinder God to show mercy to his, and so judge the wicked though they think that he is far off.

Verse 8

138:8 The LORD will {f} perfect [that which] concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, [endureth] for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

(f) Though my enemies rage, yet the Lord, who has begun his work in me, will continue his grace to the end.

Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 138". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/psalms-138.html. 1599-1645.
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