By David. I confess Thee, with all my heart, Before the gods I do praise Thee.
Psalm 138:1 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will praise thee with my whole heart - I have received the highest favors from thee, and my whole soul should acknowledge my obligation to thy mercy. The Versions and several MSS. add יהוה Yehovah, "I will praise thee, O Lord," etc.
Before the gods will I sing - נגד אלהים neged Elohim, "in the presence of Elohim;" most probably meaning before the ark, where were the sacred symbols of the Supreme Being. The Chaldee has, before the judges. The Vulgate, before the angels. So the Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Anglo-Saxon. The Syriac, Before kings will I sing unto thee. This place has been alleged by the Roman Catholics as a proof that the holy angels, who are present in the assemblies of God's people, take their prayers and praises, and present them before God. There is nothing like this in the text; for supposing, which is not granted, that the word elohim here signifies angels, the praises are not presented to them, nor are they requested to present them before God; it is simply said, Before elohim will I sing praise unto Thee. Nor could there be need of any intermediate agents, when it was well known that God himself was present in the sanctuary, sitting between the cherubim. Therefore this opinion is wholly without support from this place.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
519. A Psalm of David. Five MSS. omit ledawid; and the Lxx, and Arabic prefix also the names of Haggai and Zechariah; and it is probable that it was composed to be sung at the dedication of the second temple.
I will praise
Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvelous works.
Psalm 86:12,13 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for ever more...
Psalm 103:1,2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name...
Psalm 111:1 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit...
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
with my whole. The versions and several MSS. add Jehovah
Psalm 82:1,6 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods...
Psalm 119:46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Exodus 22:28 You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.
John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods...
Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written...
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
the gods. Or, God. Elohim
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