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Psalms 145:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [[[A Psalm of] praise; of David.]] I will extol thee, my God, O King; And I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [[David's [Psalm] of praise.]] I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [[[A Psalm] of Praise, of David.]] I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [[David's [Psalm] of praise.]] I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [[A Psalm of praise. Of David.]] I will extol thee, my God, O King, and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[A Psalm of Praise. David's.]] I will extol thee, my God, O King, and will bless thy Name, to times age-abiding and beyond:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Praise by David. I exalt Thee, my God, O king, And bless Thy name to the age and for ever.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Praise, for David himself. I will extol thee, O God my king: and I will bless thy name for ever; yea, for ever and ever.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[Dauids [Psalme] of praise.]] I will extoll thee, my God, O King: and I will blesse thy name for euer and euer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[David's [Psalm of] praise.]] I will exalt thee, my God, my king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [[Dawid's [Psalm] of praise.]] I will extol thee, my Elohim, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[[Dwi's דָּוִד 1732
{1732} Prime
From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse.
[Psalm] of praise.]] 8416
{8416} Prime
From H1984; laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn.
I will extol 7311
{7311} Prime
A primitive root; to be high actively to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
<8787> Grammar
Stem - Polel (See H8847)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 72
thee, my lhm אֱלֹהִים, 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
O king; 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
and I will bless 1288
{1288} Prime
A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
thy 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.
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.
and ever. 5703
{5703} Prime
From H5710; properly a (peremptory) terminus, that is, (by implication) duration, in the sense of perpetuity (substantially as a noun, either with or without a preposition).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 145:1-2

_ _ Psalms 145:1-21. A Psalm of praise to God for His mighty, righteous, and gracious government of all men, and of His humble and suffering people in particular.

_ _ (Compare Psalms 30:1).

_ _ bless thy name — celebrate Thy perfections (Psalms 5:11). God is addressed as king, alluding to His government of men.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 145:1-9

_ _ The entitling of this David's psalm of praise may intimate not only that he was the penman of it, but that he took a particular pleasure in it and sung it often; it was his companion wherever he went. In this former part of the psalm God's glorious attributes are praised, as, in the latter part of the psalm, his kingdom and the administration of it. Observe,

_ _ I. Who shall be employed in giving glory to God.

_ _ 1. Whatever others do, the psalmist will himself be much in praising God. To this good work he here excites himself, engages himself, and has his heart much enlarged in it. What he does, that he will do, having more and more satisfaction in it. It was his duty; it was his delight. Observe, (1.) How he expresses the work itself: “I will extol thee, and bless thy name (Psalms 145:1); I will speak well of thee, as thou hast made thyself known, and will therein express my own high thoughts of thee and endeavour to raise the like in others.” When we speak honourably of God, this is graciously interpreted and accepted as an extolling of him. Again (Psalms 145:2): I will bless thee, I will praise thy name; the repetition intimates the fervency of his affection to this work, the fixedness of his purpose to abound in it, and the frequency of his performances therein. Again (Psalms 145:5): I will speak of thy honour, and (Psalms 145:6) I will declare thy greatness. He would give glory to God, not only in his solemn devotions, but in his common conversation. If the heart be full of God, out of the abundance of that the mouth will speak with reverence, to his praise, upon all occasions. What subject of discourse can we find more noble, more copious, more pleasant, useful, and unexceptionable, than the glory of God? (2.) How he expresses his resolution to persevere in it. [1.] He will be constant to this work: Every day will I bless thee. Praising God must be our daily work. No day must pass, though ever so busy a day, though ever so sorrowful a day, without praising God. We ought to reckon it the most needful of our daily employments, and the most delightful of our daily comforts. God is every day blessing us, doing well for us; there is therefore reason that we should be every day blessing him, speaking well of him. [2.] He will continue in it: I will bless thee for ever and ever, Psalms 145:1 and again Psalms 145:2. This intimates, First, That he resolved to continue in this work to the end of his life, throughout his ever in this world. Secondly, That the psalms he penned should be made use of in praising God by the church to the end of time, 2 Chronicles 29:30. Thirdly, That he hoped to be praising God to all eternity in the other world. Those that make praise their constant work on earth shall have it their everlasting bliss in heaven.

_ _ 2. He doubts not but others also would be forward to this work. (1.) “They shall concur in it now; they shall join with me in it: When I declare thy greatness men shall speak of it (Psalms 145:6); they shall abundantly utter it” (Psalms 145:7), or pour it out (as the word is); they shall praise God with a gracious fluency, better than the most curious oratory. David's zeal would provoke many, and it has done so. (2.) “They shall keep it up when I am gone, in an uninterrupted succession (Psalms 145:4): One generation shall praise thy works to another.” The generation that is going off shall tell them to that which is rising up, shall tell what they have seen in their days and what they have heard from their fathers; they shall fully and particularly declare thy mighty acts (Psalms 78:3); and the generation that is rising up shall follow the example of that which is going off: so that the death of God's worshippers shall be no diminution of his worship, for a new generation shall rise up in their room to carry on that good work, more or less, to the end of time, when it shall be left to that world to do it in which there is no succession of generations.

_ _ II. What we must give to God the glory of.

_ _ 1. Of his greatness and his great works. We must declare, Great is the Lord, his presence infinite, his power irresistible, his brightness insupportable, his majesty awful, his dominion boundless, and his sovereignty incontestable; and therefore there is no dispute, but great is the Lord, and, if great, then greatly to be praised, with all that is within us, to the utmost of our power, and with all the circumstances of solemnity imaginable. His greatness indeed cannot be comprehended, for it is unsearchable; who can conceive or express how great God is? But then it is so much the more to be praised. When we cannot, by searching, find the bottom, we must sit down at the brink, and adore the depth, Romans 11:33. God is great, for, (1.) His majesty is glorious in the upper world, above the heavens, where he has set his glory; and when we are declaring his greatness we must not fail to speak of the glorious honour of his majesty, the splendour of the glory of his majesty (Psalms 145:5), how brightly he shines in the upper world, so as to dazzle the eyes of the angels themselves, and oblige them to cover their faces, as unable to bear the lustre of it. (2.) His works are wondrous in this lower world. The preservation, maintenance, and government of all the creatures, proclaim the Creator very great. When therefore we declare his greatness we must observe the unquestionable proofs of it, and must declare his mighty acts (Psalms 145:4), speak of his wondrous works (Psalms 145:5), the might of his terrible acts, Psalms 145:6. We must see God acting and working in all the affairs of this lower world. Various instruments are used, but in all events God is the supreme director; it is he that performs all things. Much of his power is seen in the operations of his providence (they are mighty acts, such as cannot be paralleled by the strength of any creature), and much of his justice — they are terrible acts, awful to saints, dreadful to sinners. These we should take all occasions to speak of, observing the finger of God, his hand, his arm, in all, that we may marvel.

_ _ 2. Of his goodness; this is his glory, Exodus 33:19. It is what he glories in (Exodus 34:6, Exodus 34:7), and it is what we must give him the glory of: They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, Psalms 145:7. God's goodness is great goodness, the treasures of it can never be exhausted, nay, they can never be lessened, for he ever will be as rich in mercy as he ever was. It is memorable goodness; it is what we ought always to lay before us, always to have in mind and preserve the memorials of, for it is worthy to be had in everlasting remembrance; and the remembrance we retain of God's goodness we should utter, we should abundantly utter, as those who are full of it, very full of it, and desire that others may be acquainted and affected with it. But, whenever we utter God's great goodness, we must not forget, at the same time, to sing of his righteousness; for, as he is gracious in rewarding those that serve him faithfully, so he is righteous in punishing those that rebel against him. Impartial and inflexible justice is as surely in God as inexhaustible goodness; and we must sing of both together, Romans 11:22. (1.) There is a fountain of goodness in God's nature (Psalms 145:8): The Lord is gracious to those that serve him; he is full of compassion to those that need him, slow to anger to those that have offended him, and of great mercy to all that seek him and sue to him. he is ready to give, and ready to forgive, more ready than we are to ask, than we are to repent. (2.) There are streams of goodness in all the dispensations of his providence, Psalms 145:9. As he is good, so he does good; he is good to all, to all his creatures, from the highest angel to the meanest worm, to all but devils and damned sinners, that have shut themselves out from his goodness. His tender mercies are over all his works. [1.] All his works, all his creatures, receive the fruits of his merciful care and bounty. It is extended to them all; he hates nothing that he has made. [2.] The works of his mercy out-shine all his other works, and declare him more than any of them. In nothing will the glory of God be for ever so illustrious as in the vessels of mercy ordained to glory. To the divine goodness will the everlasting hallelujahs of all the saints be sung.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 145:1

"David's [Psalm] of praise." (a) I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

(a) He shows which sacrifices are pleasant and acceptable to God, even praise and thanksgiving and seeing that God still continues his benefits toward us, we ought never to be weary in praising him for the same.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Psalm of praise:

Psalms 100:1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

extol thee:

Psalms 30:1 [[A Psalm [and] Song [at] the dedication of the house of David.]] I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Psalms 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
Psalms 71:14-24 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. ... My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Psalms 103:1-2 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. ... Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

my God:

Psalms 44:4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
Psalms 45:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.]] My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue [is] the pen of a ready writer.
Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre.
Psalms 47:6-8 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. ... God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
Psalms 48:2-3 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King. ... God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
Psalms 95:3 For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Psalms 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD [is] our judge, the LORD [is] our lawgiver, the LORD [is] our king; he will save us.
Malachi 1:14 But cursed [be] the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name [is] dreadful among the heathen.
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

I will bless:

Psalms 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Psalms 30:12 To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Psalms 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]: and I will wait on thy name; for [it is] good before thy saints.
Psalms 113:1-2 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. ... Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
Psalms 146:1-2 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. ... While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
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