Psalm 138:4
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New International Version
May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD, when they hear what you have decreed.

New Living Translation
Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD, for all of them will hear your words.

English Standard Version
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth,

New American Standard Bible
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD, When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

King James Bible
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the kings on earth will give You thanks, LORD, when they hear what You have promised.

International Standard Version
LORD, all the kings of the earth will give you thanks, for they have heard what you have spoken.

NET Bible
Let all the kings of the earth give thanks to you, O LORD, when they hear the words you speak.

New Heart English Bible
All the kings of the earth will give you thanks, LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the Kings of the Earth shall confess to you, Lord Jehovah, because they have heard the speech of your mouth!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to you, O LORD, because they have heard the promises you spoke.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All the kings of the earth shall give Thee thanks, O LORD, For they have heard the words of Thy mouth.

New American Standard 1977
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to Thee, O LORD,
            When they have heard the words of Thy mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hearken unto the spoken words from thy mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.

American King James Version
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.

American Standard Version
All the kings of the earth shall give thee thanks, O Jehovah, For they have heard the words of thy mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have heard all the words of thy mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
All the kings of the earth shall celebrate thee, Jehovah, when they have heard the words of thy mouth;

English Revised Version
All the kings of the earth shall give thee thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of thy mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

World English Bible
All the kings of the earth will give you thanks, Yahweh, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, all kings of earth confess Thee, When they have heard the sayings of Thy mouth.
Study Bible
I will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart
3On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. 4All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD, When they have heard the words of Your mouth. 5And they will sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 45:17
I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.

Psalm 72:11
And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.

Psalm 102:15
So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
Treasury of Scripture

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.

all the kings

Psalm 72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

Psalm 102:15,22 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings …

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

Isaiah 60:3-5,16 And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of …

when they hear

Psalm 22:22,27 I will declare your name to my brothers: in the middle of the congregation …

Psalm 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted …

Psalm 69:30-32 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with …

Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until …

(4, 5) The general sense of these verses is plain, though there are slightly different ways of understanding the expressions. The psalmist imagines that the word or promise, which has been so abundantly fulfilled, will, by its performance, convince all the kings of the earth, and bring them in confession and praise to Jehovah. For a Hebrew the expression "hear the words of Thy mouth," referring in this instance immediately back to Psalm 138:2, was synonymous with "see Thy wonders," since for them "God spoke and it was done."

Verse 4. - All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord. The world shall be converted to thy worship when it is seen how promptly and fully thou answerest prayer (comp. Psalm 68:31, 32; Psalm 102:15). When they hear the words of thy mouth. The promises that thou makest, and thy performance of them. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord,.... Or "let them confess", or "praise thee" (s); a wish or prayer. Not only the kings known to David, as Kimchi limits it; or that lived in his days, as Hiram and others; but in the latter day, when they shall come to Zion, the church, and be nursing fathers to it, and shall serve and worship the King Messiah, Isaiah 49:23;

when they hear the words of thy mouth; either the promises of it fulfilled not only with respect to David; but the Messiah, and his church and people, in the latter day, even the glorious things spoken thereof: or the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the words of his mouth, and more desirable than thousands of gold and silver; and which, when kings shall hear so as to understand, they will praise the Lord for them; see Isaiah 52:15. The Targum is,

"the words of thy praise.''

(s) "confiteantur tibi", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.

Psalm 138:4

"All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth." Kings have usually small care to hear the word of the Lord; but King David feels assured that if they do hear it they will feel its power. A little piety goes a long way in courts; but brighter days are coming, in which rulers will become hearers and worshippers: may the advent of such happy times be hastened. What an assembly Ira "all the kings of the earth!" What a purpose! Gathered to hear the words of Jehovah's mouth. What a preacher! David himself rehearses the words of Jehovah. What praise I when they all in happy union lift up their songs unto the Lord. Kings are as gods below, and they do well when they worship the God above. The way of conversion for kings is the same as for ourselves: faith to them also cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Happy are those who can cause the word of the Lord to penetrate palaces; for the occupants of thrones are usually the last to know the joyful sounds of the gospel. David, the king, cared for kings' souls, and it will be wise for each man to look first after those who are of his own order. He went to his work of testimony with full assurance of success: he meant to speak only the words of Jehovah's mouth, and he felt sure that the kings would hear and praise Jehovah.

Psalm 138:5

"Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord." Here is a double wonder - kings in God's ways, and kings singing there. Let a man once know the ways of Jehovah, and he will find therein abundant reason for song; but the difficulty is to bring the great ones of the earth into ways so little attractive to the carnal mind. Perhaps when the Lord sends us a King David to preach, we shall yet see monarchs converted and hear their voices raised in devout adoration. "For great is the glory of the Lord." This glory shall overshadow all the greatness and glory of all kings: they shall be stirred by a sight of it to obey and adore. O that Jehovah's glory were revealed even now! O that the blind eyes of men could once behold it, then their hearts would be subdued to joyful reverence. David, under a sense of Jehovah's glory, exclaimed, "I will sing" (Psalm 138:1), and here he represents the kings as doing the same thing. 138:1-5 When we can praise God with our whole heart, we need not be unwilling for the whole world to witness our gratitude and joy in him. Those who rely on his loving-kindness and truth through Jesus Christ, will ever find him faithful to his word. If he spared not his own Son, how shall he not with him freely give us all things? If God gives us strength in our souls, to bear the burdens, resist the temptations, and to do the duties of an afflicted state, if he strengthens us to keep hold of himself by faith, and to wait with patience for the event, we are bound to be thankful.
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