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Psalms 105:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Oh give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; Make known among the peoples his doings.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Give ye thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; make known his acts among the peoples.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Give ye thanks to Yahweh, Call upon his Name, Make known, among the peoples, his doings;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Give ye thanks to Jehovah—call ye in His name, Make known among the peoples His acts.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his deeds among the Gentiles.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O giue thankes vnto the LORD, call vpon his name: make knowen his deeds among the people.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[Hallelujah{gr.Alleluia}.]] Give thanks to the Lord, and call upon his name; declare his works among the heathen.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— O give thanks unto Yahweh; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O give thanks 3034
{3034} Prime
A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
unto Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
call 7121
{7121} Prime
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
upon his name: 8034
{8034} Prime
A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character.
make known 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
his deeds 5949
{5949} Prime
From H5953 in the sense of effecting; an exploit (of God), or a performance (of man, often in a bad sense); by implication an opportunity.
among the people. 5971
{5971} Prime
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 105:1

_ _ Psalms 105:1-45. After an exhortation to praise God, addressed especially to the chosen people, the writer presents the special reason for praise, in a summary of their history from the calling of Abraham to their settlement in Canaan, and reminds them that their obedience was the end of all God’s gracious dealings.

_ _ call ... name — (Psalms 79:6; Romans 10:13). Call on Him, according to His historically manifested glory. After the example of Abraham, who, as often as God acquired for Himself a name in guiding him, called in solemn worship upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:8; Genesis 13:4).

_ _ among the people — or, “peoples” (Psalms 18:49).

_ _ deeds — or, “wonders” (Psalms 103:7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 105:1-7

_ _ Our devotion is here warmly excited; and we are stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Observe,

_ _ I. The duties to which we are here called, and they are many, but the tendency of them all is to give unto God the glory due unto his name. 1. We must give thanks to him, as one who has always been our bountiful benefactor and requires only that we give him thanks for his favours — poor returns for rich receivings. 2. Call upon his name, as one whom you depend upon for further favours. Praying for further mercies is accepted as an acknowledgment of former mercies. Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him. 3. Make known his deeds (Psalms 105:1), that others may join with you in praising him. Talk of all his wondrous works (Psalms 105:2), as we talk of things that we are full of, and much affected with, and desire to fill others with. God's wondrous works ought to be the subject of our familiar discourses with our families and friends, and we should talk of them as we sit in the house and as we go by the way (Deuteronomy 6:7), not merely for entertainment, but for the exciting of devotion and the encouraging of our own and others' faith and hope in God. Even sacred things may be the matter of common talk, provided it be with due reverence. 4. Sing psalms to God's honour, as those that rejoice in him, and desire to testify that joy for the encouragement of others and to transmit it to posterity, as memorable things anciently were handed down by songs, when writing was scarce. 5. Glory in his holy name; let those that are disposed to glory not boast of their own accomplishments and achievements, but of their acquaintance with God and their relation to him, Jeremiah 9:23, Jeremiah 9:24. Praise you his holy name, so some; but it comes all to one, for in glorying in him we give glory to him. 6. Seek him; place your happiness in him, and then pursue that happiness in all the ways that he has appointed. Seek the Lord and his strength, that is, the ark of his strength; seek him in the sanctuary, in the way wherein he has appointed us to seek him. Seek his strength, that is, his grace, the strength of his Spirit to work in you that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be enquired of. Seek the Lord and be strengthened; so divers ancient versions read it. Those that would be strengthened in the inward man must fetch in strength from God by faith and prayer. Seek his strength, and then seek his face; for by his strength, we hope to prevail with him for his favour, as Jacob did, Hosea 12:3. “Seek his face evermore; seek to have his favour to eternity, and therefore continue seeking it to the end of the time of your probation. Seek it while you live in this world, and you shall have it while you live in the other world, and even there shall be for ever seeking it in an infinite progression, and yet be for ever satisfied in it.” 7. Let the hearts of those rejoice that do seek him (Psalms 105:3); for they have chosen well, are well fixed, and well employed, and they may be sure that their labour will not be in vain, for he will not only be found, but he will be found the rewarder of those that diligently seek him. If those have reason to rejoice that seek the Lord, much more those that have found him.

_ _ II. Some arguments to quicken us to these duties. 1. “Consider both what he has said and what he has done to engage us for ever to him. You will see yourselves under all possible obligations to give thanks to him, and call upon his name, if you remember the wonders which should make deep and durable impressions upon you, — the wonders of his providence which he has wrought for you and those who are gone before you, the marvellous works that he has done, which will be had in everlasting remembrance with the thoughtful and with the grateful, — the wonders of his law, which he has written to you, and entrusted you with, the judgments of his mouth, as well as the judgments of his hand,” Psalms 105:5. 2. “Consider the relation you stand in to him (Psalms 105:6): You are the seed of Abraham his servant; you are born in his house, and being thereby entitled to the privilege of his servants, protection and provision, you are also bound to do the duty of servants, to attend your Master, consult his honour, obey his commands, and do what you can to advance his interests. You are the children of Jacob his chosen, and are chosen and beloved for the fathers' sake, and therefore ought to tread in the steps of those whose honours you inherit. You are the children of godly parents; do no degenerate. You are God's church upon earth, and, if you do not praise him, who should?” 3. Consider your interest in him: He is the Lord our God, Psalms 105:7. We depend upon him, are devoted to him, and from him our expectation is. Should not a people seek unto their God (Isaiah 8:19) and praise their God? Daniel 5:4. He is Jehovah our God. He that is our God is self-existent and self-sufficient, has an irresistible power and incontestable sovereignty: His judgments are in all the earth; he governs the whole world in wisdom, and gives law to all nations, even to those that know him not. The earth is full of the proofs of his power.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 105:1

O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: (a) make known his deeds among the people.

(a) For as much as the Israelites were exempted from the common condemnation of the world, and were elected to be God's people, the prophet wills them to show themselves mindful by thanksgiving.

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am 2962, bc 1042 (Title), It appears from
1 Chronicles 16:1-43 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. ... And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.
, where the former part of this Psalm, as far as the
Psalms 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
, is found with little variation, that David composed it at the removal of the ark to Mount Zion, and he himself probably enlarged it afterwards with the glorious detail of God's merciful dealings with Abraham and his posterity till their settlement in the land of Promise. The Hallelujah, which terminates the preceding Psalm, is made the title of this by the Septuagint, Vulgate, Arabic, and Ethiopic; and the Syriac considers it a paraphrase on the words, "Fear not, Jacob, to go down into Egypt;" "and teaches us spiritually not to fear when we are obliged to contend with devils; for God is our shield, and will fight for us."


Psalms 136:1-3 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever. ... O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
1 Chronicles 16:7-22 Then on that day David delivered first [this psalm] to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. ... [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
1 Chronicles 25:3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.
1 Chronicles 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.


Isaiah 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Acts 9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

make known:

Psalms 89:1 [[Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.]] I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 96:3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
Psalms 145:4-6 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. ... And [men] shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
Psalms 145:11-12 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; ... To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Numbers 23:23 Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
Isaiah 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Isaiah 51:10 [Art] thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
Daniel 3:29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Daniel 4:1-3 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. ... How great [are] his signs! and how mighty [are] his wonders! his kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion [is] from generation to generation.
Daniel 6:26-27 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he [is] the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion [shall be even] unto the end. ... He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
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Nu 23:23. 1Ch 16:1, 7; 25:3; 29:13, 20. Ps 89:1; 96:3; 105:16; 136:1; 145:4, 11. Is 12:4; 51:10. Dn 3:29; 4:1; 6:26. Jol 2:32. Ac 9:14. Ro 10:13. 1Co 1:2.

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