Psalm 103:21
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New International Version
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

New Living Translation
Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!

English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!

New American Standard Bible
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.

King James Bible
Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Praise the LORD, all His armies, His servants who do His will.

International Standard Version
Bless the LORD, all his heavenly armies, his ministers who do his will.

NET Bible
Praise the LORD, all you warriors of his, you servants of his who carry out his desires!

New Heart English Bible
Praise the LORD, all you armies of his, you servants of his, who do his pleasure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless Lord Jehovah, all his hosts, and his Servants who do his will.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise the LORD, all his armies, his servants who carry out his will.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Bless the LORD, all ye His hosts; Ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.

New American Standard 1977
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
            You who serve Him, doing His will.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

King James 2000 Bible
Bless you the LORD, all you his hosts; you ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

American King James Version
Bless you the LORD, all you his hosts; you ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts, Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do his will.

Darby Bible Translation
Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his that do his will.

English Revised Version
Bless the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

World English Bible
Praise Yahweh, all you armies of his, you servants of his, who do his pleasure.

Young's Literal Translation
Bless Jehovah, all ye His hosts, His ministers -- doing His pleasure.
Study Bible
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
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. 22Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!…
Cross References
Luke 2:13
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:

1 Kings 22:19
Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.

Nehemiah 9:6
"You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Psalm 104:4
He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.

Psalm 134:1
A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD, Who serve by night in the house of the LORD!

Psalm 148:2
Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
Treasury of Scripture

Bless you the LORD, all you his hosts; you ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

all ye his hosts

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of …

Genesis 32:2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called …

Joshua 5:14 And he said, No; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now …

1 Kings 22:19 And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD …

2 Chronicles 18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD …

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

ministers

Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: …

Psalm 104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Nehemiah 9:6 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of …

Daniel 7:9,10 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather …

Matthew 24:30,31 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then …

2 Thessalonians 1:7,8 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

Hebrews 1:6,7,14 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he …

Revelation 22:8,9 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen…

(21) Hosts.--There are apparently in the psalmist's thought three grades of beings in the hierarchy of praise:--

1.High angels around the throne.

2. Angelic powers, such as winds, lightnings, &c, specially commissioned to do God's behests, as in Psalm 104:4.

3.Creation generally. (Comp. Psalms 148)

Verse 21. - Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts. Here the inferior angels seem to be meant - that "multitude of the host of heaven" which appeared to the shepherds on Christ's natal day (Luke 2:13), and which is elsewhere often referred to in Holy Scripture (see Psalm 24:10; Psalm 148:2; Isaiah 40:26; Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26; Hebrews 12:22; Jude 1:14). Ye ministers of his (comp. Psalm 104:4) that do his pleasure. The inferior, no less than the superior, ranks of angels continually carry out the will of God, being "ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14). Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts,.... Which some understand of the sun, moon, and stars, sometimes called the hosts of heaven; and who in their way bless and praise the Lord; see Psalm 148:2. Others, of the angels, as before; who are sometimes styled the heavenly host, Luke 2:13, and may be so called from their numbers, there being legions of them; and for their military employment, in guarding and protecting the saints, in encamping about them, and fighting for them. Or rather, since these seem to be distinguished from the angels before addressed, by them may be meant the church militant and her members; who are like an army with banners, consisting of volunteer soldiers under Christ, the Captain of their salvation; whose battles they fight against sin, Satan, and the world; and have a great deal of reason to bless and praise the Lord, for all the great and good things he has done to them, and for them.

Ye ministers of his that do his pleasure; so the angels are called, and they do the will of God; what is acceptable to him, and well pleasing in his sight, Hebrews 1:7. But rather, as distinct from them, the ministers of the Gospel are intended; a name which the preachers of it bear, both in the Old and in the New Testament, Isaiah 61:4, They are ministers of Christ's appointing, calling, qualifying, and sending; and who are employed in his service, in preaching him, his Gospel, and the truths of it; and who do his pleasure, that which is grateful to him, when they speak his word faithfully, declare his whole counsel, and keep back nothing that is profitable: and these have reason to bless the Lord for the gifts bestowed upon them, and for their success and usefulness; and indeed they bear a leading part in giving praise and glory to God, Revelation 4:9. 21. ye his hosts—myriads, or armies, as corresponding to angels of great power [Ps 103:20], denoting multitudes also.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.
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