Psalm 103:20
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New International Version
Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

New Living Translation
Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.

English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!

New American Standard Bible
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!

King James Bible
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Praise the LORD, all His angels of great strength, who do His word, obedient to His command.

International Standard Version
Bless the LORD, you angels who belong to him, you mighty warriors who carry out his commands, who are obedient to the sound of his words.

NET Bible
Praise the LORD, you angels of his, you powerful warriors who carry out his decrees and obey his orders!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless Lord Jehovah, his Angels, who are Masters in power, doing his commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise the LORD, all his angels, you mighty beings who carry out his orders and are ready to obey his spoken orders.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, valiant and strong, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

King James 2000 Bible
Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

American King James Version
Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfil his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders.

Darby Bible Translation
Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, mighty in strength, that execute his word, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

English Revised Version
Bless the LORD, ye angels of his: ye mighty in strength, that fulfill his word, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word.

World English Bible
Praise Yahweh, you angels of his, who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word, obeying the voice of his word.

Young's Literal Translation
Bless Jehovah, ye His messengers, Mighty in power -- doing His word, To hearken to the voice of His Word.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

103:19-22 He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power. He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. Let all his works praise him. Such would have been our constant delight, if we had not been fallen creatures. Such it will in a measure become, if we are born of God. Such it will be for ever in heaven; nor can we be perfectly happy till we can take unwearied pleasure in perfect obedience to the will of our God. And let the feeling of each redeemed heart be, Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Bless the Lord, ye his angels (comp. Psalm 148:2). That excel in strength. The angels that "excel in strength" - literally, are mighty in strength - may best be understood as those called in the New Testament "archangels" (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 1:9), the highest of the glorious beings that stand around the throne of God (Revelation 8:2, 6; Revelation 10:1) and execute his behests. These are they that, in an especial sense, do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bless the Lord, ye his angels,.... For their creation, being made by him; for their preservation, living, moving, and having their being in him; and for their happiness, in which they are continued, owing to their being chosen of God in Christ, and to their confirmation by Christ. These are always employed in the work of blessing and praising the Lord nor are they in the least backward to it, nor remiss it; nor does this address unto them suppose anything of this kind. The design of the psalmist is only to show how great and good the Lord is; that angels, the more excellent order of creatures, are under obligation to him, and are bound to praise him: and his further view is, to stir up himself and others to this work, from such a consideration, that such noble creatures are employed in the same, and who are further described:

that excel in strength; or, "are mighty in strength" (e); they are called mighty angels, 2 Thessalonians 1:7 an instance of the might and power of an angel see in 2 Kings 19:35. These, not having sinned, have lost nothing of their original strength and power, and therefore must greatly excel fallen man; who is become a very weak creature, and unable to do the will and work of God, which angels are, as follows:

that do his commandments; or "his word" (f); what he orders to be done: this they do readily and willingly, constantly, perfectly, and completely; see Matthew 6:10.

Hearkening to the voice of his word; they stand before the Lord, waiting his orders; listening with great attention to what he says, and then readily execute it. Or, "at hearing the voice of his word"; that is, as soon as they hear the voice of his word, or hear him speaking (g), immediately they apply themselves to the performance of it.

(e) "fortes robore", Pagninus, Montanus; "valentissimi robore", Junius & Tremellius. (f) "verbum ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (g) So Muis.

The Treasury of David

20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion, bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 103:20

"Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength." Finding his work of praise growing upon his hands, he calls upon "the firstborn sons of light" to speak the praises of the Lord, as well they may, for as Milton says, they best can tell. Dwelling nearer to that prepared throne than we as yet have leave to climb, they see in nearer vision the glory which we would adore. To them is given an exceeding might of intellect, and voice, and force which they delight to use in sacred services for him; let them now turn all their strength into that solemn song which we would send up to the third heaven. To him who gave angelic strength let all angelic strength be given. They are his angels, and therefore they are not loth to ring out his praises. "That do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word." We are bidden to do these commandments, and alas we fail; let those unfallen spirits, whose bliss it is never to have transgressed, give to the Lord the glory of their holiness. They hearken for yet more commands, obeying as much by reverent listening as by energetic action, and in this they teach us how the heavenly will should evermore be done; yet even for this surpassing excellence let them take no praise, but render all to him who has made and kept them what they are. O that we could hear them chant the high praises of God, as did the shepherds on that greatest of all birth nights -

"When such music sweet

Their hearts and ears did greet

As never was by mortal finger struck;

Divinely-warbled voice

Answering the stringed noise,

As well their souls in blissful rapture took:

The air, such pleasure loth to lose,

With thousand echoes still prolongs each heavenly close."

Our glad heart anticipates the hour when we shall hear them "harping in loud and solemn guise," and all to the sole praise of God.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20-22. do his commandments … word—or, literally, "so as to hearken," &c., that is, their acts of obedience are prompt, so that they are ever ready to hear, and know, and follow implicitly His declared will (compare De 26:17; Lu 1:19).

Psalm 103:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
19The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. 20Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:10
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

1 Kings 22:19
Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.

Psalm 29:1
A psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Psalm 78:25
Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.

Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Psalm 148:2
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

Psalm 148:8
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
Treasury of Scripture

Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word.

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Psalm 148:2 Praise you him, all his angels: praise you him, all his hosts.

Luke 2:13,14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly …

Revelation 19:5,6 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you …

that excel in strength. Heb. mighty in strength

Psalm 78:25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.

2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out…

Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he …

Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp …

Matthew 26:53 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently …

do his

Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said to him, I am Gabriel, that stand in …

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for …

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