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Psalms 111:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all [my] heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Hallelujah! I will celebrate Jehovah with [my] whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the assembly.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Praise ye Yah! I will give thanks unto Yahweh, with a whole heart, in the circle of the upright and the assembly.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Praise ye Jah! I thank Jehovah with the whole heart, In the secret meeting of the upright, And of the company.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the council of the just, and in the congregation.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Praise yee the Lord. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart: in the assembly of the vpright, and [in] the Congregation.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[Hallelujah{gr.Alleluia}.]] I will give thee thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and [in] the congregation.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Praise ye Yah. I will praise Yahweh with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Praise 1984
{1984} Prime
A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify.
<8761> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 446
ye Yh יָה. 3050
{3050} Prime
Contracted for H3068, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred name.
I will praise 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).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
with [my] whole x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
heart, 3824
{3824} Prime
From H3823; the heart (as the most interior organ); used also like H3820.
in the assembly 5475
{5475} Prime
From H3245; a session, that is, company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret.
of the upright, 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
and [in] the congregation. 5712
{5712} Prime
Feminine of H5707 in the original sense of fixture; a stated assemblage (specifically a concourse, or generally a family or crowd).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 111:1

_ _ Psalms 111:1-10. The Psalmist celebrates God’s gracious dealings with His people, of which a summary statement is given.

_ _ Praise ye the Lord — or, Hallelujah (Psalms 104:35). This seems to serve as a title to those of the later Psalms, which, like this, set forth God’s gracious government and its blessed fruits. This praise claims the

_ _ whole heart — (Psalms 86:12), and is rendered publicly.

_ _ upright — a title of the true Israel (Psalms 32:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 111:1-5

_ _ The title of the psalm being Hallelujah, the psalmist (as every author ought to have) has an eye to his title, and keeps to his text.

_ _ I. He resolves to praise God himself, Psalms 111:1. What duty we call others to we must oblige and excite ourselves to; nay, whatever others do, whether they will praise God or no, we and our houses must determine to do it, we and our hearts; for such is the psalmist's resolution here: I will praise the Lord with my whole heart. My heart, my whole heart, being devoted to his honour, shall be employed in this work; and this in the assembly, or secret, of the upright, in the cabinet-council, and in the congregation of Israelites. Note, We must praise God both in private and in public, in less and greater assemblies, in our own families and in the courts of the Lord's house; but in both it is most comfortable to do it in concert with the upright, who will heartily join in it. Private meetings for devotion should be kept up as well as more public and promiscuous assemblies.

_ _ II. He recommends to us the works of the Lord as the proper subject of our meditations when we are praising him — the dispensations of his providence towards the world, towards the church, and towards particular persons. 1. God's works are very magnificent, great like himself; there is nothing in them that is mean or trifling: they are the products of infinite wisdom and power, and we must say this upon the first view of them, before we come to enquire more particularly into them, that the works of the Lord are great, Psalms 111:2. There is something in them surprising, and that strikes an awe upon us. All the works of the Lord are spoken of as one (Psalms 111:3); it is his work, such is the beauty and harmony of Providence and so admirably do all its dispensations centre in one design; it was cried to the wheels, O wheel! Ezekiel 10:13. Take all together, and it is honourable and glorious, and such as becomes him. 2. They are entertaining and exercising to the inquisitive — sought out of all those that have pleasure therein. Note, (1.) All that truly love God have pleasure in his works, and reckon all well that he does; nor do their thoughts dwell upon any subject with more delight than on the works of God, which the more they are looked into the more they give us of a pleasing surprise. (2.) Those that have pleasure in the works of God will not take up with a superficial transient view of them, but will diligently search into them and observe them. In studying both natural and political history we should have this in our eye, to discover the greatness and glory of God's works. (3.) These works of God, that are humbly and diligently sought into, shall be sought out; those that seek shall find (so some read); they are found of all those that have pleasure in them, or found in all their parts, designs, purposes, and several concernments (so Dr. Hammond), for the secret of the Lord is with those that fear him, Psalms 25:14. 3. They are all justly and holy; His righteousness endures for ever. Whatever he does, he never did, nor ever will do, any wrong to any of his creatures; and therefore his works endure for ever (Ecclesiastes 3:14) because the righteousness of them endures. 4. They are admirable and memorable, fit to be registered and kept on record. Much that we do is so trifling that it is not fit to be spoken of or told again; the greatest kindness is to forget it. But notice is to be taken of God's works, and an account to be kept of them (Psalms 111:4). He has made his wonderful works to be remembered; he has done that which is worthy to be remembered, which cannot but be remembered, and he has instituted ways and means for the keeping of some of them in remembrance, as the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt by the passover. He has made himself a memorial by his wonderful works (so some read it); see Isaiah 63:10. By that which God did with his glorious arm he made himself an everlasting name. 5. They are very kind. In them the Lord shows that he is gracious and full of compassion. As of the works of creation, so of the works of providence, we must say, They are not only all very great, but all very good. Dr. Hammond takes this to be the name which God has made to himself by his wonderful works, the same with that which he proclaimed to Moses, The Lord God is gracious and merciful, Exodus 24:6. God's pardoning sin is the most wonderful of all his works and which ought to be remembered to his glory. It is a further instance of his grace and compassion that he has given meat to those that fear him, Psalms 111:5. He gives them their daily bread, food convenient for them; so he does to others by common providence, but to those that fear him he gives it by covenant and in pursuance of the promise, for it follows, He will be ever mindful of his covenant; so that they can taste covenant-love even in common mercies. Some refer this to the manna with which God fed his people Israel in the wilderness, others to the spoil they got from the Egyptians when they came out with great substance, according to the promise, Genesis 15:14. When God broke the heads of leviathan he gave him to be meat to his people, Psalms 74:14. He has given prey to those that fear him (so the margin has it), not only fed them, but enriched them, and given their enemies to be a prey to them. 6. They are earnests of what he will do, according to his promise: He will ever be mindful of his covenant, for he has ever been so; and, as he never did, so he never will, let one jot or tittle of it fall to the ground. Though God's people have their infirmities, and are often unmindful of his commands, yet he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 111:1

(a) Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation.

(a) The prophet declares that he will praise God both privately and openly, and that from the heart, as he who consecrates himself wholly and only to God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 3468, bc 536

Praise ye the LORD[YaH]:
Heb. Hallelujah,
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 106:48 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
; As this is an alphabetical Psalm, every member of each verse beginning consecutively with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Hallelujah, which begins with the fifth, must be considered as the title.

I will:

Psalms 9:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.]] I will praise [thee], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
Psalms 103:1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.
Psalms 138:1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.


Psalms 22:25 My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
Psalms 40:9-10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. ... I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psalms 89:5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
Psalms 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are] about him.
Psalms 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Psalms 108:3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
Psalms 109:30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
Psalms 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise in the congregation of saints.
1 Chronicles 29:10-20 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed [be] thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. ... 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.
2 Chronicles 6:3-4 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. ... And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled [that] which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,
2 Chronicles 20:26-28 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day. ... And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
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