Psalm 138:8
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New International Version
The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever-- do not abandon the works of your hands.

New Living Translation
The LORD will work out his plans for my life--for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me.

English Standard Version
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

King James Bible
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me. LORD, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands.

International Standard Version
The LORD will complete what his purpose is for me. LORD, your gracious love is eternal; do not abandon your personal work in me.

NET Bible
The LORD avenges me. O LORD, your loyal love endures. Do not abandon those whom you have made!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, abide upon me! Lord Jehovah, your mercies are to eternity and you will not desert the work of your hands!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will do everything for me. O LORD, your mercy endures forever. Do not let go of what your hands have made.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; thy mercy, O LORD, endures for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures forever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

American King James Version
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures for ever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

American Standard Version
Jehovah will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, endureth for ever; Forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: O despise not the work of thy hands.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah will perfect what concerneth me: thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, [endureth] for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.

English Revised Version
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works thy own hands.

World English Bible
Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me; your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever. Don't forsake the works of your own hands. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah doth perfect for me, O Jehovah, Thy kindness is to the age, The works of Thy hands let not fall!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

138:6-8 Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to every lowly, humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished far from his blissful presence. Divine consolations have enough in them to revive us, even when we walk in the midst of troubles. And God will save his own people that they may be revived by the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness. If we give to God the glory of his mercy, we may take to ourselves the comfort. This confidence will not do away, but quicken prayer. Whatever good there is in us, it is God works in us both to will and to do. The Lord will perfect the salvation of every true believer, and he will never forsake those whom he has created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; i.e. will complete what he has begun for me - will not leave his work unfinished (comp. Psalm 57:2; Philippians 1:6). Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever. Does not suddenly break off and stop. Forsake not the works of thine own hands. This is probably more than a mere personal request. David sees in God's care for himself a portion of his great providential scheme for the redemption of the world.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me,.... Or "will", or "may the Lord perform for me" (x): all things in providence; all that he had appointed for him, that would be for his good and his own glory, Psalm 57:2; and particularly what concerned him as a king. He had made him king over the house of Judah; he had begun to fulfil his promise concerning the kingdom; and he would perfect it, by setting him over all the tribes of Israel. Also he believed he would perfect what concerned him as a saint, even the good work of grace upon his heart; which is but a begun work, is imperfect, is gradually carried on, and will be completed; God is able to do it, and none can hinder him; he has promised to do it, and he is faithful who will do it; and his glory is concerned in it; and it may be depended on it will be finished; he is a rock, and his work is perfect; see Philippians 1:6;

thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever; a phrase often used by the psalmist, with which his heart was affected; and here used, both as an argument by which he concluded God would perfect his begun work, and as an encouragement to make the following request:

forsake not the works of thine own hands; as are all the works of providence and grace: the work of grace upon the heart may be expressed in the plural number, because of the several branches of it; which are all so many works, as the work of faith, labour, of love, &c. 1 Thessalonians 1:3; and which is the Lord's handiwork; and a curious work it is, a new creation work, a work of almighty power; and which he will never cease from, or be remiss in, as the word (y) signifies, until he has accomplished it, 2 Thessalonians 1:11. It is a prayer of faith, and may be most confidently believed: and some indeed render it as an expression of faith, "thou wilt not forsake the works of thine hands" (z); David himself was the work of God's hands, as Kimchi observes, as a creature, as a king, and as a saint; and so are all the people of God, Isaiah 45:11; and whom he will never leave nor forsake; for they are his church, his chosen, his children, his portion and inheritance, Psalm 94:14.

(x) "perficiet pro me", Montanus, Musculus; "perficiat pro me", Junius & Tremellius. (y) "ne dimittas", Pagninus, Montanus. (z) "Non deseres", Musculus, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. God will fulfil His promise.

Psalm 138:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Cross References
Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Job 10:3
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?

Job 10:8
"Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?

Job 14:15
You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.

Psalm 27:9
Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.

Psalm 57:2
I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.

Psalm 71:9
Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.

Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 119:8
I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

Psalm 119:73
Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

Psalm 136:1
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures for ever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

perfect

Psalm 57:2 I will cry to God most high; to God that performes all things for me.

Isaiah 26:12 LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have worked all …

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Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death …

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Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

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Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures …

Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on them …

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Job 14:15 You shall call, and I will answer you: you will have a desire to …

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Isaiah 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.

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