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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 111:6-10

We are here taught to give glory to God, I. For the great things he has done for his people, for his people Israel, of old and of late: He has shown his people the power of his works (Ps. 111:6), in what he has wrought for them; many a time he has given proofs of his omnipotence, and shown them what he can do, and that there is nothing too hard for him to do. Two things are specified to show the power of his works:-- 1. The possession God gave to Israel in the land of Canaan, that he might... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ,.... The fear of the Lord, whose name is revered, is not a fear of his judgments here or hereafter, but of his goodness and grace; it is a reverential affection for him, a fiducial fear of him, a fear of offending so good a Being as he is; and it includes all religious worship of him, inward and outward, private and public; and at this true wisdom begins; a man begins to be wise when he fears the Lord, and not till then; this is his highest... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom - The original stands thus: יהוה יראת חכמה ראשית reshith chokmah , read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 111:10

Verse 10 10.The fear of Jehovah Having treated of the kindness of God, and paid a well-merited tribute to the law, the prophet goes on to exhort the faithful to reverence God, and be zealous in the keeping of the law. In calling the fear of God, The beginning or source of wisdom, he charges with folly those who do not render implicit obedience unto God. As if he should say, They who fear not God, and do not regulate their lives according to his law, are brute beasts: and are ignorant of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 111:1-10

The work of God and the wisdom of man. The uniting thought in the psalm is the work of God. It is evident (see Psalms 111:5 , Psalms 111:6 , Psalms 111:9 ) that the writer has in view those special manifestations of Divine power by which the people of God were delivered and preserved. But we may well give a much wider application to the thought; we therefore think of— I. THE FOURFOLD WORK OF GOD . 1. In the broad field of nature; in the creation and formation of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 111:1-10

The works of the Lord. This is the theme of the psalm. These works are named six times in this short psalm. They are the occasion and cause of the fervent praise, and exhortation to praise, with which the psalm begins. It is one of the nine alphabetical psalms; that is, psalms so arranged for aiding the memory. Psalms 119:1-176 . is the most conspicuous instance of this. In the psalm before us the alphabet is not complete. An interesting and instructive study is to reproduce in English... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 111:1-10

The works of the Lord. I. GOD 'S WORK CLAIMS OUR EARNEST STUDY . 1. His work in nature . Presents three aspects. 2. His work in providence . God in history is working out a righteous government of the world. 3. His work in redemption . This the manifestation of his grandest power—the power of God unto salvation. Three kinds of power. II. GOD 'S WORKS ARE A REVELATION OF THE DIVINE THOUGHT AND NATURE . 1. They reveal his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (comp. Proverbs 1:7 ; Proverbs 9:10 ; Ecclesiasticus 1:16; and also Job 28:28 ). The meaning seems to be that "the beginning of wisdom is not found in keen insight, nor wide experience, nor the learn-hag of the schools, but in the temper of reverence and awe. The fear of the finite in the presence of the Infinite, of the sinful in the presence of the Holy, self-abhorring, adoring, as in Job's confession—this for the Israelite was the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 111:10

The starting-point of human wisdom. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." This is the familiar statement of the Book of Proverbs (see Proverbs 1:7 ; Proverbs 9:10 ). "Here the fear of God, keeping his revealed commandments, is the key of 'wisdom,' which is the knowledge of the true end and purpose of life." The "fear of the Lord" is the Old Testament term for piety . The fear is not dread, but loving reverence, which finds its expression in ready and hearty obedience. It... read more

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