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Psalms 107:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— O give thanks unto Jehovah; For he is good; For his lovingkindness [endureth] for ever.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O give thanks to the LORD, for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Give ye thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[BOOK THE FIFTH]] O give thanks to Yahweh—For he is good, For, age-abiding, is his lovingkindness.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Give ye thanks to Jehovah, For good, for to the age [is] His kindness:'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O giue thankes vnto the LORD, for hee [is] good: for his mercie [endureth] for euer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[Hallelujah{gr.Alleluia}.]] Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy [endures] for ever.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— O give thanks unto Yahweh, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

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.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
[he is] good: 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
his mercy 2617
{2617} Prime
From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty.
[endureth] for ever. 5769
{5769} Prime
From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 107:1-2

_ _ Psalms 107:1-43. Although the general theme of this Psalm may have been suggested by God’s special favor to the Israelites in their restoration from captivity, it must be regarded as an instructive celebration of God’s praise for His merciful providence to all men in their various emergencies. Of these several are given — captivity and bondage, wanderings by land and sea, and famine; some as evidences of God’s displeasure, and all the deliverances as evidence of His goodness and mercy to them who humbly seek Him.

_ _ This call for thankful praise is the burden or chorus (compare Psalms 107:8, Psalms 107:15, etc.).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 107:1-9

_ _ Here is, I. A general call to all to give thanks to God, Psalms 107:1. Let all that sing this psalm, or pray over it, set themselves herein to give thanks to the Lord; and those that have not any special matter for praise may furnish themselves with matter enough from God's universal goodness. In the fountain he is good; in the streams his mercy endures for ever and never fails.

_ _ II. A particular demand hereof from the redeemed of the Lord, which may well be applied spiritually to those that have an interest in the great Redeemer and are saved by him from sin and hell. They have, of all people, most reason to say that God is good, and his mercy everlasting; these are the children of God that were scattered abroad, whom Christ died to gather together in one, out of all lands, John 11:52; Matthew 24:31. But it seems here to be meant of a temporal deliverance, wrought for them when in their distress they cried unto the Lord, Psalms 107:6. Is any afflicted? Let him pray. Does any pray? God will certainly hear and help. When troubles become extreme that is man's time to cry; those who but whispered prayer before then cry aloud, and then it is God's time to succour. In the mount he will be seen. 1. They were in an enemy's country, but God wrought out their rescue: He redeemed them from the hand of the enemy (Psalms 107:2), not by might or power, it may be (Zechariah 4:6), nor by price or reward (Isaiah 45:13), but by the Spirit of God working on the spirits of men. 2. They were dispersed as out-casts, but God gathered them out of all the countries whither they were scattered in the cloudy and dark day, that they might again be incorporated, Psalms 107:3. See Deuteronomy 30:4; Ezekiel 34:12. God knows those that are his, and where to find them. 3. They were bewildered, had no road to travel in, no dwelling place to rest in, Psalms 107:4. When they were redeemed out of the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, they were in danger of perishing in their return home through the dry and barren deserts. They wandered in the wilderness, where there was no trodden path, no company, but a solitary way, no lodging, no conveniences, no accommodations, no inhabited city where they might have quarters or refreshment. But God led them forth by the right way (Psalms 107:7), directed them to an inn, nay, directed them to a home, that they might go to a city of habitation, which was inhabited, nay which them themselves should inhabit. This may refer to poor travellers in general, those particularly whose way lay through the wilds of Arabia, where we may suppose they were often at a loss; and yet many in that distress were wonderfully relieved, so that few perished. Note, We ought to take notice of the good hand of God's providence over us in our journeys, going out and coming in, directing us in our way, and providing for us places both to bait in and rest in. Or (as some think) it has an eye to the wanderings of the children of Israel in the wilderness for forty years; it is said (Deuteronomy 32:10), God led them about, and yet here he led them by the right way. God's way, though to us it seems about, will appear at last to have been the right way. It is applicable to our condition in this world; we are here as in a wilderness, have here no continuing city, but dwell in tents as strangers and pilgrims. But we are under the guidance of his wise and good providence, and, if we commit ourselves to it, we shall be led in the right way to the city that has foundations. 4. They were ready to perish for hunger (Psalms 107:5): Their soul even fainted in them. They were spent with the fatigues of their journey and ready to drop down for want of refreshment. Those that have constant plenty, and are every day fed to the full, know not what a miserable case it is to be hungry and thirsty, and to have no supply. This was sometimes the case of Israel in the wilderness, and perhaps of other poor travellers; but God's providence finds out ways to satisfy the longing soul and fill the hungry soul with goodness, Psalms 107:9. Israel's wants were seasonably supplied, and many have been wonderfully relieved when they were ready to perish. The same God that has led us has fed us all our life long unto this day, has fed us with food convenient, has provided food for the soul, and filled the hungry soul with goodness. Those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, after God, the living God, and communion with him, shall be abundantly replenished with the goodness of his house, both in grace and glory. Now for all this those who receive mercy are called upon to return thanks (Psalms 107:8): Oh that men (it is meant especially of those men whom God has graciously relieved) would praise the Lord for his goodness to them in particular, and for his wonderful works to others of the children of men! Note, (1.) God's works of mercy are wonderful works, works of wonderful power considering the weakness, and of wonderful grace considering the unworthiness, of those he shows mercy to. (2.) It is expected of those who receive mercy from God that they return praise to him. (3.) We must acknowledge God's goodness to the children of men as well as to the children of God, to others as well as to ourselves.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 107:1

O give thanks unto (a) the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

(a) This notable sentence was in the beginning used as the foot or tenor of the song, which was often repeated.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 3468, bc 536 (Title), The author of this Psalm is unknown; but it was evidently written to commemorate the return of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity; and it may easily be perceived that it must have been sung in alternate parts, having a double burden, or two intercalary verses often recurring. Bp. Lowth considers it as written "after the method of the ancient pastorals, where, be the subject of their verse what it will, each swain endeavours to excel the other; and one may perceive their thoughts and expressions gradually to rise upon each other." "No doubt," he adds, "the composition of this Psalm is admirable throughout; and the descriptive part of it adds at least its share of beauty to the whole; but what is most to be admired is its conciseness, and withal the expressiveness of the diction, which strikes the imagination with illimitable elegance. The weary and bewildered traveller - the miserable captive in the dungeon - the sick and dying man - the seaman foundering in a storm - are described in so affecting a manner, that they far exceed anything of the kind, though never so much laboured."


Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 136:1-26 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever. ... O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
1 Chronicles 16:41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy [endureth] for ever;
2 Chronicles 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD;
2 Chronicles 7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
2 Chronicles 7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy [endureth] for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.


Psalms 119:68 Thou [art] good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

for his mercy:

Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
Luke 1:50 And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.
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1Ch 16:34, 41. 2Ch 5:13; 7:3, 6; 20:21. Ps 103:17; 106:1; 118:1; 119:68; 136:1. Mt 19:17. Lk 1:50.

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