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Psalms 66:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Say unto God, How terrible are thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Say unto God, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Say to God, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thy enemies submit themselves to thee.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Say unto God, How terrible are thy works! because of the greatness of thy strength, thine enemies come cringing unto thee.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Say unto God—How fearful in thy doings, Through the abounding of thy power, shall thy foes come cringing unto thee;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Say to God, 'How fearful [are] Thy works, By the abundance of Thy strength, Thine enemies feign obedience to Thee.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Say unto God, How terrible are thy works, O Lord! in the multitude of thy strength thy enemies shall lie to thee.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Say vnto God, How terrible [art thou in] thy workes? through the greatnesse of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselues vnto thee.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Say unto God, How awful are thy works! through the greatness of thy power thine enemies shall lie to thee.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Say unto Elohim, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Say 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
unto 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.
How x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
terrible 3372
{3372} Prime
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
[art thou in] thy works! 4639
{4639} Prime
From H6213; an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product (specifically a poem) or (generally) property.
through the greatness 7230
{7230} Prime
From H7231; abundance (in any respect).
of thy power 5797
{5797} Prime
From H5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise).
shall thine enemies 341
{0341} Prime
Active participle of H0340; hating; an adversary.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
submit 3584
{3584} Prime
A primitive root; to be untrue, in word (to lie, feign, disown) or deed (to disappoint, fail, cringe).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
themselves unto thee.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 66:3-4

_ _ A specimen of the praise.

_ _ How terrible — (Compare Psalms 65:8).

_ _ submit — (Compare Margin), show a forced subjection (Psalms 18:44), produced by terror.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 66:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 66:3

Say unto God, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies (b) submit themselves unto thee.

(b) As the faithful obey God willingly, so the infidels disguise themselves as obedient out of fear.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
How terrible:

Psalms 47:2 For the LORD most high [is] terrible; [he is] a great King over all the earth.
Psalms 65:5 [By] terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; [who art] the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off [upon] the sea:
Psalms 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: [he is] terrible to the kings of the earth.
Exodus 15:1-16 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. ... Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be [as] still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, [which] thou hast purchased.
Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Judges 5:2-4 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. ... LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
Judges 5:20-22 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. ... Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.
Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Isaiah 64:3 When thou didst terrible things [which] we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.


Psalms 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
Psalms 22:28-29 For the kingdom [is] the LORD'S: and he [is] the governor among the nations. ... All [they that be] fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
Psalms 68:30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, [till every one] submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people [that] delight in war.
Psalms 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

submit themselves:
or, yield feigned obedience, Heb. lie,
Psalms 78:35-36 And they remembered that God [was] their rock, and the high God their redeemer. ... Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
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Ex 15:1, 21. Jg 5:2, 20. Ps 18:44; 22:28; 47:2; 65:5; 68:30; 76:12; 78:35; 81:15. Is 2:19; 64:3. Jr 10:10.

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