Psalm 147:20
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New International Version
He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the LORD.

New Living Translation
He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his regulations. Praise the LORD!

English Standard Version
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!

New American Standard Bible
He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!

King James Bible
He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has not done this for any nation; they do not know His judgments. Hallelujah!

International Standard Version
He has not dealt with any other nation like this; they never knew his decrees. Hallelujah!

NET Bible
He has not done so with any other nation; they are not aware of his regulations. Praise the LORD!

New Heart English Bible
He has not done this for just any nation. They do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He has not done so for all the nations, neither has he shown them his judgments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has done nothing like this for any other nation. The other nations do not know the decisions he has handed down. Hallelujah!

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath not dealt so with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Hallelujah.

New American Standard 1977
He has not dealt thus with any nation;
            And as for His ordinances, they have not known them.
            Praise the LORD!



Jubilee Bible 2000
He has not dealt so with the other nations, which have not known his judgments. Halelu-JAH.

King James 2000 Bible
He has not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise you the LORD.

American King James Version
He has not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise you the LORD.

American Standard Version
He hath not dealt so with any nation; And as for his ordinances, they have not known them. Praise ye Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath not dealt thus with any nation; and as for [his] judgments, they have not known them. Hallelujah!

English Revised Version
He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

World English Bible
He has not done this for just any nation. They don't know his ordinances. Praise Yah!

Young's Literal Translation
He hath not done so to any nation, As to judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye Jah!

Study Bible
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
19He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. 20He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!
Cross References
Romans 3:1
What, then, is the advantage of being a Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?

Romans 3:2
Much in every way. First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.

Deuteronomy 4:7
"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Deuteronomy 4:8
"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

Psalm 79:6
Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.

Jeremiah 10:25
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You And on the families that do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have devoured him and consumed him And have laid waste his habitation.

Micah 4:12
"But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, And they do not understand His purpose; For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
Treasury of Scripture

He has not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise you the LORD.

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Deuteronomy 4:32-34 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since …

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the …

Isaiah 5:1-7 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted …

Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Acts 26:27,18 King Agrippa, believe you the prophets? I know that you believe…

Romans 3:1,2 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

1 Peter 2:9,10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

(20) Any nation.--This boast in Israel's peculiar and exclusive privilege may be compared with Deuteronomy 4:7; Deuteronomy 32:32-41.

Judgments.--Here plainly not manifestations of wrath; but, as so frequently in Psalms 119, the display of righteousness towards Israel.

Verse 20. - He hath not dealt so with any nation. Though the Word of God, to a certain extent, "lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9), yet this light of nature is not to be compared to the revelation vouchsafed to Israel. Israel was God's "peculiar people," and had peculiar privileges, which involved special responsibilities. And as for his judgments, they (i.e. the nations) have not known them (comp. Amos 3:2, "You only have I known out of all the families of the earth: therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities"). Praise ye the Lord (comp. ver. 1).



He hath not dealt so with any nation,.... Or "every nation" (b); or all the nations under the heavens; only with the Jewish nation: these only for many hundreds of years were favoured with the divine revelation, with the word and ordinances of God; with the law, and with the Gospel, and with the service and worship of God; as well as with promises and prophecies of Christ, and good things to come by him. These were not communicated to anyone nation or body of people besides them; only now and then, to one here and there among the Gentiles: the Gospel was first preached to them at the coming of Christ, and after them to the Gentiles, when rejected by them;

and as for his judgments, they have not known them; by which are meant, not the providential dispensations of God, which are unsearchable, and past finding out, till made manifest; nor punishments inflicted on wicked men, unobserved by them; but the word of God, and the ordinances of it, which the Gentile world for many ages were unacquainted with; see Psalm 19:9;

praise ye the Lord: as literal Israel had reason to do, for those distinguishing instances of his favour and goodness; and as the spiritual Israel of God everywhere have; and particularly our British ones, who are highly favoured with the privileges of having the word of God purely and powerfully preached, and his ordinances truly and duly administered; at least in some parts of it, and that more than in any other nation under the heavens.

(b) "omni genti", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "omni nationi", V. L. 147:12-20 The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, Joh 3:8. Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.
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