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Psalms 92:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [[A Psalm, a Song for the sabbath day.]] It is a good thing to give thanks unto Jehovah, And to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [[A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day.]] [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [[A Psalm, a Song for the Sabbath day.]] It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [[A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day.]] [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to thy name, O Most High.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [[A Psalm, a Song, for the Sabbath day.]] It is good to give thanks unto Jehovah, and to sing psalms unto thy name, O Most High;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[A Melody, a Song, For the Sabbath-day.]] It is good to give thanks to Yahweh, And to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most High;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A Psalm.—A Song for the sabbath-day. Good to give thanks to Jehovah, And to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A psalm of a canticle on the sabbath day. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[A Psalme [or] song for the Sabbath day.]] It is a good thing to giue thanks vnto the LORD, and to sing [praises] vnto thy Name, O most High:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[A Psalm of a Song for the Sabbath-day.]] It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to thy name, O thou Most High;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [[A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day.]] [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto Yahweh, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Elyon:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[[A Psalm 4210
{4210} Prime
From H2167; properly instrumental music; by implication a poem set to notes.
[or] Song 7892
{7892} Prime
The second form being feminine; from H7891; a song; abstractly singing.
for the sabbath 7676
{7676} Prime
Intensive from H7673; intermission, that is, (specifically) the Sabbath.
day.]] 3117
{3117} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
[It is a] 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).
[thing] to 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).
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
unto Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
and to sing praises 2167
{2167} Prime
A primitive root (perhaps identical with H2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers); properly to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, that is, play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music.
<8763> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 790
unto 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.
O `Elyn עֶליוֹן: 5945
{5945} Prime
From H5927; an elevation, that is, (adjectively) lofty (comparatively); as title, the Supreme.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 92:1

_ _ Psalms 92:1-15. A Psalm-song — (see on Psalms 30:1, title). The theme: God should be praised for His righteous judgments on the wicked and His care and defense of His people. Such a topic, at all times proper, is specially so for the reflections of the Sabbath day.

_ _ sing ... name — celebrate Thy perfections.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 92:1-6

_ _ This psalm was appointed to be sung, at least it usually was sung, in the house of the sanctuary on the sabbath day, that day of rest, which was an instituted memorial of the work of creation, of God's rest from that work, and the continuance of it in his providence; for the Father worketh hitherto. Note, 1. The sabbath day must be a day, not only of holy rest, but of holy work, and the rest is in order to the work. 2. The proper work of the sabbath is praising God; every sabbath day must be a thanksgiving-day; and the other services of the day must be in order to this, and therefore must by no means thrust this into a corner. One of the Jewish writers refers it to the kingdom of the Messiah, and calls it, A psalm or song for the age to come, which shall be all sabbath. Believers, through Christ, enjoy that sabbatism which remains for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9), the beginning of the everlasting sabbath. In these verses,

_ _ I. We are called upon and encouraged to praise God (Psalms 92:1-3): It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. Praising God is good work: it is good in itself and good for us. It is our duty, the rent, the tribute, we are to pay to our great Lord; we are unjust if we withhold it. It is our privilege that we are admitted to praise God, and have hope to be accepted in it. It is good, for it is pleasant and profitable, work that is its own wages; it is the work of angels, the work of heaven. It is good to give thanks for the mercies we have received, for that is the way of fetching in further mercy: it is fit to sing to his name who is Most High, exalted above all blessing and praise. Now observe here, 1. How we must praise God. We must do it by showing forth his lovingkindness and his faithfulness. Being convinced of his glorious attributes and perfections, we must show them forth, as those that are greatly affected with them ourselves and desire to affect others with them likewise. We must show forth, not only his greatness and majesty, his holiness and justice, which magnify him and strike an awe upon us, but his lovingkindness and his faithfulness; for his goodness is his glory (Exodus 33:18, Exodus 33:19), and by these he proclaims his name. His mercy and truth are the great supports of our faith and hope, and the great encouragements of our love and obedience; these therefore we must show forth as our pleas in prayer and the matter of our joy. This was then done, not only by singing, but by music joined with it, upon an instrument of ten strings (Psalms 92:3); but then it was to be with a solemn sound, not that which was gay, and apt to dissipate the spirits, but that which was grave, and apt to fix them. 2. When we must praise God — in the morning and every night, not only on sabbath days, but every day; it is that which the duty of every day requires. We must praise God, not only in public assemblies, but in secret, and in our families, showing forth, to ourselves and those about us, his lovingkindness and faithfulness. We must begin and end every day with praising God, must give him thanks every morning, when we are fresh and before the business of the day comes in upon us, and every night, when we are again composed and retired, and are recollecting ourselves; we must give him thanks every morning for the mercies of the night and every night for the mercies of the day; going out and coming in we must bless God.

_ _ II. We have an example set before us in the psalmist himself, both to move us to and to direct us in this work (Psalms 92:4): Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work. Note, 1. Those can best recommend to others the duty of praise who have themselves experienced the pleasantness of it. “God's works are to be praised, for they have many a time rejoiced my heart; and therefore, whatever others may think of them, I must think well and speak well of them.” 2. If God has given us the joy of his works, there is all the reason in the world why we should give him the honour of them. Has he made our hearts glad? Let us then make his praises glorious. Has God made us glad through the works of his providence for us, and of his grace in us, and both through the great work of redemption? (1.) Let us thence fetch encouragement for our faith and hope; so the psalmist does: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. From a joyful remembrance of what God has done for us we may raise a joyful prospect of what he will do, and triumph in the assurance of it, triumph over all opposition, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:14. (2.) Let us thence fetch matter for holy adorings and admirings of God (Psalms 92:5): O Lord! how great are thy works — great beyond conception, beyond expression, the products of great power and wisdom, of great consequence and importance! men's works are nothing to them. We cannot comprehend the greatness of God's works, and therefore must reverently and awfully wonder at them, and even stand amazed at the magnificence of them. “Men's works are little and trifling, for their thoughts are shallow; but, Lord, thy works are great and such as cannot be measured; for thy thoughts are very deep and such as cannot be fathomed.” God's counsels as much exceed the contrivances of our wisdom as his works do the efforts of our power. His thoughts are above our thoughts, as his ways are above our ways, Isaiah 55:9. O the depth of God's designs! Romans 11:33. The greatness of God's works should lead us to consider the depth of his thoughts, that counsel of his own will according to which he does all things — what a compass his thoughts fetch and to what a length they reach!

_ _ III. We are admonished not to neglect the works of God, by the character of those who do so, Psalms 92:6. Those are fools, they are brutish, who do not know, who do not understand, how great God's works are, who will not acquaint themselves with them, nor give him the glory of them; they regard not the work of the Lord nor consider the operation of his hands (Psalms 28:5); particularly, they understand not the meaning of their own prosperity (which is spoken of Psalms 92:7); they take it as a pledge of their happiness, whereas it is a preparative for their ruin. If there are so many who know not the designs of Providence, nor care to know them, those who through grace are acquainted with them, and love to be so, have the more reason to be thankful.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 92:1

"A Psalm [or] Song for the (a) sabbath day." [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

(a) Which teaches that the use of the Sabbath stands in praising God, and not only in ceasing from work.

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Isaiah 58:13-14 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: ... Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
Hebrews 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Revelation 4:8-11 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. ... Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.


Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright.
Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth [his] conversation [aright] will I shew the salvation of God.
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 54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for [it is] good.
Psalms 73:28 But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Psalms 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 107:8 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:15 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:21-22 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men! ... And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Psalms 135:3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD [is] good: sing praises unto his name; for [it is] pleasant.
Psalms 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely.
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.


Psalms 92:8 But thou, LORD, [art most] high for evermore.
Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Daniel 4:34-37 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation: ... 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.
Daniel 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
Acts 7:48-49 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, ... Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest?
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Ps 33:1; 50:23; 52:9; 54:6; 73:28; 82:6; 92:8; 107:1, 8, 15, 21; 135:3; 147:1. Is 57:15; 58:13. Dn 4:34; 5:18. Ac 7:48. Ep 5:19. He 4:9; 13:15. Rv 4:8.

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