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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 138:1-5

I. How he would praise God, compare Ps. 111:1. 1. He will praise him with sincerity and zeal??With my heart, with my whole heart, with that which is within me and with all that is within me, with uprightness of intention and fervency of affection, inward impressions agreeing with outward expressions.? 2. With freedom and boldness: Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee, before the princes, and judges, and great men, either those of other nations that visited him or those of his own... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord ,.... Or "let them confess", or "praise thee" F19 יודוך "confiteantur tibi", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus. ; a wish or prayer. Not only the kings known to David, as Kimchi limits it; or that lived in his days, as Hiram and others; but in the latter day, when they shall come to Zion, the church, and be nursing fathers to it, and shall serve and worship the King Messiah, Isaiah 49:23 ; when they hear the words of thy mouth ;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth - Of the land: all the neighboring nations, seeing what is done for us, and looking in vain to find that any human agency was employed in the work, will immediately see that it was thy hand; and consequently, by confessing that it was thou, will give praise to thy name. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 138:4

Verse 4 4.Let all kings of the earth praise thee Here he declares that the goodness he had experienced would be extensively known, and the report of it spread over all the world. In saying that even kings had heard the words of God’s mouth, he does not mean to aver that they had been taught in the true religion so as to be prepared for becoming members of the Church, but only that it would be well known everywhere that the reason of his having been preserved in such a wonderful manner was God’s... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 138:1-8

The goodness of God. There are very few psalms where so much is crowded into a very small compass as in this. The writer in a very few strokes brings out those features in the character of God which make him to be the One who is worthy of our deepest reverence, of our fullest confidence, of our most grateful praise. We have— I. HIS LOVING - KINDNESS . ( Psalms 138:2 .) II. HIS FAITHFULNESS . ( Psalms 138:2 .) The psalmist gives thanks for "thy truth," and goes on to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 138:1-8

Exultation in God. What a contrast between this psalm and the previous one! There the sad-hearted writer asks, "How can we sing?" Here the psalmist can and will do nothing but sing. The effect of this spirit is seen throughout the psalm. I. IT WILL OPENLY CONFESS GOD . ( Psalms 138:1 , Psalms 138:2 .) "Before the gods," meaning, we think, those high princes and potentates—god-like in their majesty, power, and in the abject homage and deference that men paid to them—under... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord . The world shall be converted to thy worship when it is seen how promptly and fully thou answerest prayer (comp. Psalms 68:31 , Psalms 68:32 ; Psalms 102:15 ). When they hear the words of thy mouth. The promises that thou makest, and thy performance of them. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee ... - That is, kings, princes, and rulers shall learn the words of promise; shall be made acquainted with the words which thou hast graciously spoken, and with their fulfillment, and shall be led to praise thee. This refers to a time, of which frequent prophetic mention is made in the Scriptures, when kings and rulers shall be converted to the true religion, and when they shall act an important part, by their example and influence, in maintaining and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 138:4-5

Psalms 138:4-5. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee All the neighbouring kings; or, rather, this is a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles, and so the generality of the kings of the earth are intended, according to the prediction, Psalms 72:11; All kings shall fall down before him, all nations shall serve him; when they shall hear the words of thy mouth The gospel preached among them. Yea, they shall sing in the ways Or, of, or, because of the ways, of the Lord; that is,... read more

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