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Psalms 136:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— To him that smote Egypt in their first-born; For his lovingkindness [endureth] for ever;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy [endureth] for ever:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— To Him who smote the Egyptians in their firstborn, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— To him that smote Egypt in their first-born: for his mercy [endureth] for ever:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn, For, age-abiding, is his lovingkindness.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To Him smiting Egypt in their first-born, For to the age [is] His kindness.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— To him that smote Egypt in their first borne: for his mercy [endureth] for euer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— To him who smote Mizraim{gr.Egypt} with their first-born; for his mercy [endures] for ever.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— To him that smote Mitzrayim in their firstborn: for his mercy [endureth] for ever:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
To him that smote 5221
{5221} Prime
A primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively).
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
Mixrayim מִצרַיִם 4714
{4714} Prime
Dual of H4693; Mitsrajim, that is, Upper and Lower Egypt.
in their firstborn: 1060
{1060} Prime
From H1069; firstborn; hence chief.
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

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 136:10-22

_ _ The great things God for Israel, when he first formed them into a people, and set up his kingdom among them, are here mentioned, as often elsewhere in the psalms, as instances both of the power of God and of the particular kindness he had for Israel. See Psalms 135:8, etc. 1. He brought them out of Egypt, Psalms 136:10-12. That was a mercy which endured long to them, and our redemption by Christ, which was typified by that, does indeed endure for ever, for it is an eternal redemption. Of all the plagues of Egypt, none is mentioned but the death of the first-born, because that was the conquering plague; by that God, who in all the plagues distinguished the Israelites from the Egyptians, brought them at last from among them, not by a wile, but with a strong hand and an arm stretched out to reach far and do great things. These miracles of mercy, as they proved Moses's commission to give law to Israel, so they laid Israel under lasting obligations to obey that law, Exodus 20:2. 2. He forced them a way through the Red Sea, which obstructed them at their first setting out. By the power he has to control the common course of nature he divided the sea into two parts, between which he opened a path, and made Israel to pass between the parts, now that they were to enter into covenant with him; see Jeremiah 34:18. He not only divided the sea, but gave his people courage to go through it when it was divided, which was an instance of God's power over men's hearts, as the former of his power over the waters. And, to make it a miracle of justice as well as mercy, the same Red Sea that was a lane to the Israelites was a grave to their pursuers. There he shook off Pharaoh and his host. 3. He conducted them through a vast howling wilderness (Psalms 136:16); there he led them and fed them. Their camp was victualled and fortified by a constant series of miracles for forty years; though they loitered and wandered there, they were not lost. And in this the mercy of God, and the constancy of that mercy, were the more observable because they often provoked him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert. 4. He destroyed kings before them, to make room for them (Psalms 136:17, Psalms 136:18), not deposed and banished them, but smote and slew them, in which appeared his wrath against them, but his mercy, his never-failing mercy, to Israel. And that which magnified it was that they were great kings and famous kings, yet God subdued them as easily as if they had been the least, and weakest, and meanest, of the children of men. They were wicked kings, and then their grandeur and lustre would not secure them from the justice of God. The more great and famous they were the more did God's mercy to Israel appear in giving such kings for them. Sihon and Og are particularly mentioned, because they were the first two that were conquered on the other side Jordan, Psalms 136:19, Psalms 136:20. It is good to enter into the detail of God's favours and not to view them in the gross, and in each instance to observe, and own, that God's mercy endureth for ever. 5. He put them in possession of a good land, Psalms 136:21, Psalms 136:22. He whose the earth is, and the fulness thereof, the world and those that dwell therein, took land from one people and gave it to another, as pleased him. The iniquity of the Amorites was now full, and therefore it was taken from them. Israel was his servant, and, though they had been provoking in the wilderness, yet he intended to have some service out of them, for to them pertained the service of God. As he said to the Egyptians, Let my people go, so to the Canaanites, Let my people in, that they may serve me. In this God's mercy to them endureth for ever, because it was a figure of the heavenly Canaan, the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Psalms 78:51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
Psalms 105:36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
Psalms 135:8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
Exodus 11:5-6 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that [is] behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. ... And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] the LORD.
Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that [was] in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
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Ex 11:5; 12:12, 29. Ps 78:51; 105:36; 135:8. He 11:28.

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