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Verses of Psalms 116

Psalms 116 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

i. 1. Answered prayer evokes love and lifelong praise (Psa 116:1-4).

2. Jehovah has proved Himself true to His revealed character by His gracious dealings with the Psalmist, who can now look forward to a prolonged life of tranquil service (Psa 116:5-9).

ii. 1. In his sorest trouble he had not lost faith, and now he will give thanks for Jehovah’s mercy (Psa 116:10-14).

2. Jehovah’s care for His beloved ones, illustrated by his recent experience, shall be gratefully acknowledged by the public performance of his vows and eucharistic sacrifices in the Temple (Psa 116:15-19).

The Psalm thus falls into two main divisions, each with two subdivisions. The LXX, followed by the Vulg., divides the Psalm into two, and according to their numeration Psa 116:1-9 form Psalms 114; Psa 116:10-19 form Psalms 115. The separation of the Ps. into two is doubtless wrong, but it recognises that a fresh division begins at Psa 116:10. ‘I believed’ corresponds to ‘I love’ in Psa 116:1.

Psalms 115 is a congregational prayer; Psalms 116 is an individual thanksgiving for deliverance from imminent danger of death. The language is general, and the precise nature of the danger does not appear: most likely it was sickness. In many points the Psalm reminds us of Hezekiah’s thanksgiving (Isaiah 38). But whatever it was, the danger had been extreme, and the thanksgiving is correspondingly earnest. The Psalmist was familiar with older Psalms, and freely adapts language from them (especially Psalms 18, 27, 31, 56) but gives it fresh force from the depths of his own recent experience.

The strong Aramaic colouring of the language [75] , together with this free use of earlier Psalms, points to a late, possibly a very late, date. It is however hardly probable that the Hasidaeans of the Maccabaean period ( 1Ma 7:13 ff.) are meant by the ‘saints’ ( chasîdîm) of Psa 116:15.

[75] For the form of suffix in Psa 116:7 cp. Psa 103:3 ff. That in Psa 116:12 is the regular Aramaic form. See Ges.-Kautzsch, Gramm. § 91, 2. R. 2.

Part of this Psalm is used in the office for the Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth.

Verses of Psalms 116

Consult other comments:

Psalms 116:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Psalms 116:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Psalms 116:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Psalms 116:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Psalms 116:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Psalms 116:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 116:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Psalms 116:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Psalms 116:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges