Psalm 111:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

New Living Translation
Praise the LORD! I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.

English Standard Version
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

New American Standard Bible
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.

King James Bible
Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hallelujah! I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

International Standard Version
Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the LORD with all of my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright.

NET Bible
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the godly and the congregation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall confess Lord Jehovah from my whole heart, among Kings who are upright in the assembly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company of decent people and in the congregation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Aleph Halelu-JAH. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, Beth in the company and in the congregation of the upright.

King James 2000 Bible
Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

American King James Version
Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

American Standard Version
Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the council of the just: and in the congregation.

Darby Bible Translation
Hallelujah! I will celebrate Jehovah with [my] whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the assembly.

English Revised Version
Praise ye the LORD. I will give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

World English Bible
Praise Yah! I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

Young's Literal Translation
Praise ye Jah! I thank Jehovah with the whole heart, In the secret meeting of the upright, And of the company.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

111:1-10 The Lord is to be praised for his works. - The psalmist resolves to praise God himself. Our exhortations and our examples should agree together. He recommends the works of the Lord, as the proper subject, when we are praising him; and the dealings of his providence toward the world, the church, and particular persons. All the works of the Lord are spoken of as one, it is his work; so admirably do all the dispensations of his providence centre in one design. The works of God, humbly and diligently sought into, shall all be found just and holy. God's pardoning sin is the most wonderful of all his works, and ought to be remembered to his glory. He will ever be mindful of his covenant; he has ever been so, and he ever will be so. His works of providence were done according to the truth of the Divine promises and prophecies, and so were verity, or truth; and by him who has a right to dispose of the earth as he pleases, and so are judgment, or righteous: and this holds good of the work of grace upon the heart of man, ver. 7,8. All God's commandments are sure; all have been fulfilled by Christ, and remain with him for a rule of walk and conversation to us. He sent redemption unto his people, out of Egypt at first, and often afterwards; and these were typical of the great redemption, which in the fulness of time was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus. Here his everlasting righteousness shines forth in union with his boundless mercy. No man is wise who does not fear the Lord; no man acts wisely except as influenced by that fear. This fear will lead to repentance, to faith in Christ, to watchfulness and obedience. Such persons are of a good understanding, however poor, unlearned, or despised.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Praise ye the Lord. Scarcely a part of the psalm - rather a heading or introduction. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart (comp. Psalm 9:1; Psalm 119:34, 58, 69). "With my whole heart" replaces the "greatly" of Psalm 109:30. In the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Professor Cheyne translates, "in the council and assembly of the upright;" and it seems to be generally allowed that two distinct assemblies are not spoken of, but that the one congregation of the faithful is designated by two names. Thus the Prayer-book translation is wrong.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Praise ye the Lord,.... Or "hallelujah"; this is the title of the psalm, and is expressive of the subject matter of it; and so it stands in the Targum, Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions; as it should, as appears from the psalm being alphabetical; for the first letter of this word is the fifth and not the first of the alphabet; it is wanting in the Syriac version, which gives the title in this manner, without a name, concerning the glorious virtues of

"the works of God; but it exhorts us to give thanks to Christ; and it is said in the person of the apostles.''

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart; the psalmist excites to praise God by his own example; the object of his praise is Jehovah, the self-existent Being, the Being of beings, the author of his Being, and in whom all men live and move, and have their being; the God of their mercies, temporal and spiritual, and therefore should praise him, even Jehovah, Father, Son, and Spirit; especially Jehovah the Messiah may be here intended, whose work of redemption is particularly attended to: the manner in which he determines to perform this service is, "with his whole heart": which ought to be engaged in every religious exercise, even the whole of it, all the powers and faculties of the soul, without being divided between other objects, and distracted or drawn off from the Lord by them; the phrase is not expressive of perfection, which is not to be expected in any duty, but of sincerity and cordial affection. The place where follows,

in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation: which may signify one and the same; even the place where upright persons assemble and gather together for divine worship, the tabernacle in David's time, and the temple afterwards; and may point at any place of worship in Gospel times, and the people that meet there; who being for the most part upright persons, or in a judgment of charity so accounted, though every individual among them may not be such, are thus called; and that because they have the uprightness, righteousness, and holiness of Christ imputed to them; and have right spirits renewed in them, and so are upright in heart; and, in consequence of this, walk uprightly according to the rules of the Gospel. It may be rendered, as it is by the Targum,

"in the secret (e) of the upright, and the congregation;''

because here the secret of the Lord is made known to his people; the mysteries of his grace are revealed; and his ordinances, which are his counsel, are administered: or it may design some particular friends and acquaintance of the psalmist's, who privately met and took sweet counsel together, and communicated their secrets to one another, as the other word "congregation" may intend the public assembly of the people; and then the sense is, that he would sincerely praise the Lord both in private and public, and that because of his works; as follows.

(e) "in secreto", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator; so Ainsworth.

The Treasury of David

1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

"Praise ye the Lord," or, Hallelujah! All ye his saints unite in adoring Jehovah, who worketh so gloriously. Do it now, do it always: do it heartily, do it unanimously, do it eternally. Even if others refuse, take care that ye have always a song for your God. Put away all doubt, question, murmuring, and rebellion, and give yourselves up to the praising of Jehovah, both with your lips and in your lives. "I will praise the Lord with my whole heart." The sweet singer commences the song, for his heart is all on flame: whether others will follow him or not, he will at once begin and long continue. What we preach we should practise. The best way to enforce an exhortation is to set an example; but we must let that example be of the best kind, or we may lead others to do the work in a limping manner. David brought nothing less than his whole heart to the duty; all his love went out towards God, and all his zeal, his skill, and his ardour went with it. Jehovah the one and undivided God cannot be acceptably praised with a divided heart, neither should we attempt so to dishonour him; for our whole heart is little enough for his glory, and there can be no reason why it should not all be lifted up in his praise. All his works are praiseworthy, and therefore all our nature should adore him. "In the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation"; - whether with few or with many he would pour forth his whole heart and soul in praise, and whether the company was made up of select spirits or of the general mass of the people he would continue in the same exercise. For the choicest society there can be no better engagement than praise, and for the general assembly nothing can be more fitting. For the church and for the congregation, for the family or the community, for the private chamber of pious friendship, or the great hall of popular meeting, the praise of the Lord is suitable; and at the very least the true heart should sing hallelujah in any and every place. Why should we fear the presence of men? The best of men will join us in our song, and if the common sort, will not do so, our example will be a needed rebuke to them. In any case let us praise God, whether the hearers be a little band of saints or a mixed multitude. Come, dear reader, he who pens this comment is in his heart magnifying the Lord: will you not pause for a moment and join in the delightful exercise?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 111

Ps 111:1-10. The Psalmist celebrates God's gracious dealings with His people, of which a summary statement is given.

1. Praise ye the Lord—or, Hallelujah (Ps 104:35). This seems to serve as a title to those of the later Psalms, which, like this, set forth God's gracious government and its blessed fruits. This praise claims the

whole heart—(Ps 86:12), and is rendered publicly.

upright—a title of the true Israel (Ps 32:11).

Psalm 111:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Majestic are His Works
1Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. 2Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.…
Cross References
Psalm 35:18
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

Psalm 86:12
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 89:7
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.

Psalm 109:30
With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.

Psalm 138:1
Of David. I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise.

Psalm 149:1
Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
Treasury of Scripture

Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

A.M.

Psalm 106:1,48 Praise you the LORD. O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for …

as this is an alphabetical Psalm, every member of each verse beginning consecutively with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Hallelujah, which begins with the fifth, must be considered as the title.

I will

Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth …

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Psalm 138:1 I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing …

Assembly

Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my …

Psalm 35:18 I will give you thanks in the great congregation: I will praise you …

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have …

Psalm 89:5,7 And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness …

Psalm 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise …

Psalm 108:3 I will praise you, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises …

Psalm 109:30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yes, I will praise …

Psalm 149:1 Praise you the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise …

1 Chronicles 29:10-20 Why David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David …

2 Chronicles 6:3,4 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation …

2 Chronicles 20:26-28 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of …

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