Psalm 61:5
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New International Version
For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

New Living Translation
For you have heard my vows, O God. You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.

English Standard Version
For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

New American Standard Bible
For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.

King James Bible
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, You have heard my vows; You have given a heritage to those who fear Your name.

International Standard Version
For you, God, have heard my promises; you have assigned to me the heritage of those who fear your name.

NET Bible
For you, O God, hear my vows; you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because you, oh, God, have heard my vows, and you have given an inheritance to those who worship your Name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O God, you have heard my vows. You have given me the inheritance that belongs to those who fear your name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows; thou hast given an inheritance to those that fear thy name.

King James 2000 Bible
For you, O God, have heard my vows: you have given me the heritage of those that fear your name.

American King James Version
For you, O God, have heard my vows: you have given me the heritage of those that fear your name.

American Standard Version
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou, my God, hast heard my prayer: thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear thy name.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows; thou hast given [me] the inheritance of those that fear thy name.

English Revised Version
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

World English Bible
For you, God, have heard my vows. You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou, O God, hast hearkened to my vows, Thou hast appointed the inheritance Of those fearing Thy name.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

61:5-8 There is a people in the world that fear God's name. There is a heritage peculiar to that people; present comforts in the soul, earnests of future bliss. Those that fear God have enough in him, and must not complain. We need desire no better heritage than that of those who fear God. Those abide to good purpose in this world, who abide before God, serve him, and walk in his fear; those who do so, shall abide before him for ever. And these words are to be applied to Him of whom the angel said, the Lord shall give unto him the throne of his father David, and of his kingdom there shall be no end, Lu 1:32. God's promises, and our faith in them, are not to do away, but to encourage prayer. We need not desire to be better secured than under the protection of God's mercy and truth. And if we partake of that grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ, we may praise him, whatever be our outward circumstances. But renewed experience of God's mercy and truth towards his people in Christ, is the main matter of our joy in him, and our praise unto him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - For thou, O God, hast heard my vows. Thou hast heard me so often in the past, thou hast granted so many of my prayers, accepted so many of my vows, that I am emboldened to make further requests. Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy Name. All the blessed inheritance of thy saints thou hast made mine, and, included in it, boldness to approach the throne of grace in full assurance of faith, and to present to thee my petitions.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou, O God, hast heard my vows,.... Or "my prayers", as the Septuagint and other versions. Vows are so called, because it was usual to make vows in trouble, when prayer was made to the Lord for help and deliverance, Psalm 66:13. This is a reason why the psalmist was encouraged to put his trust in the Lord, because his prayers were heard by him; or he was sure they would be, as he had entreated, Psalm 61:1. The past is put for the future, as Kimchi and Ben Melech observe; and it may be because of the certainty of his prayers being heard; and which may be concluded from the Lord's declaring himself a God hearing prayer, from the prevalent mediation of Christ, from the assistance and intercession of the Spirit, and from the exercise of faith in prayer, and the divine promises; or while he was crying to God an answer was returned, and he was delivered out of his troubles, Isaiah 65:24. Another reason follows:

thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name: not the land of Israel, as Aben Ezra and Jarchi; which was given for an inheritance to the posterity of Abraham, Psalm 105:11; and which was never more fully in their possession than in the times of David: nor the tabernacle or sanctuary of the Lord, as Kimchi; where he desired to dwell, Psalm 61:4; and now had his request granted: but the heavenly glory, the incorruptible inheritance, the inheritance of the saints in light, prefigured by them both; which is the gift of God their Father to them his children; comes to them through the death of Christ the testator; is not of the law, and the works of it; is not acquired nor purchased; but is owing to the free grace of God; to predestinating grace, as the source of it; to justifying grace, through the righteousness of Christ, as the right unto it; and to regenerating and sanctifying grace, as the meetness for it. Wherefore it manifestly belongs to those that "fear the name of the Lord", himself, his perfections, particularly his goodness; who adore and admire, serve and worship him, internally and externally; not with a slavish fear, but with a filial godly fear. The Targum renders it,

"thou hast given an inheritance to them that fear thy name;''

that in the King's Bible is,

"an inheritance in the world to come;''

so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and the Oriental versions; and which sense is given by Aben Ezra. It may be understood of them that fear the Lord, being the inheritance itself; as they are of Christ, David's son and antitype, and who is designed in Psalm 61:6, see Deuteronomy 32:9, Psalm 2:8.

The Treasury of David

5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Psalm 61:5

"For thou, O God, hast heard my vows." Proofs of divine faithfulness are to be had in remembrance, and to be mentioned to the Lord's honour. The prayer of Psalm 61:1 is certain of an answer because of the experience of Psalm 61:5, since we deal with an immutable God. "Vows" may rightly be joined with prayers when they are lawful, well-considered, and truly for God's glory. It is great mercy on God's part to take any notice of the vows and promises of such faithless and deceitful creatures as we are. What we promise him is his due already, and yet he deigns to accept our vows as if we were not so much his servants as his free suitors who could give or withhold at pleasure. "Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name." We are made heirs, joint-heirs with all the saints, partakers of the same portion. With this we ought to be delighted. If we suffer, it is the heritage of the saints; if we are persecuted, are in poverty, or in temptation, all this is contained in the title-deeds of the heritage of the chosen. Those we are to sup with we may well be content to dine with. We have the same inheritance as the First-born himself; what better is conceivable? Saints are described as fearing the name of God; they are reverent worshippers; they stand in awe of the Lord's authority; they are afraid of offending him, they feel their own nothingness in the sight of the Infinite One. To share with such men, to be treated by God with the same favour as he metes out to them, is matter for endless thanksgiving. All the privileges of all the saints are also the privilege of each one.

Psalm 61:6

"Thou will prolong the king's life;" or, better, "days to the days of the King thou wilt add." Death threatened, but God preserved his beloved. David, considering his many perils, enjoyed a long and prosperous reign. "And his years as many generations." He lived to see generation after generation personally; in his descendants he lived as king through a very long period; his dynasty continued for many generations; and in Christ Jesus, his seed and son, spiritually David reigns on evermore. Thus he who began at the foot of the rock, half drowned, and almost dead, is here led to the summit, and sings as a priest abiding in the tabernacle, a king ruling with God for ever, and a prophet foretelling good things to come, (Psalm 61:7.) See the uplifting power of faith and prayer. None so low but they may yet be set on high.

Psalm 61:7

"He shall abide before God for ever." Though this is true of David in a modified sense, we prefer to view the Lord Jesus as here intended as the lineal descendant of David, and the representative of his royal race. Jesus is enthroned before God to eternity; here is our safety, dignity, and delight. We reign in him; in him we are made to sit together in the heavenlies. David's personal claim to sit enthroned for ever is but a foreshadowing of the revealed privilege of all true believers. "O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him." As men cry, "Long live the king," so we hail with acclamation our enthroned Immanuel, and cry, "Let mercy and truth preserve him." Eternal love and immutable faithfulness are the bodyguards of Jesus' throne, and they are both the providers and the preservers of all those who in him are made kings and priests unto God. We cannot keep ourselves, and nothing short of divine mercy and truth can do it; but these both can and will, nor shall the least of the people of God be suffered to perish.

Psalm 61:8

"So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever." Because my prayer is answered, my song shall be perpetual; because Jesus for ever sits at thy right hand, it shall be acceptable; because I am preserved in him, it shall be grateful. David had given vocal utterance to his prayer by a cry; he will now give expression to his praise by a song: there should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. The vow to celebrate the divine name "for ever" is no hyperbolical piece of extravagance, but such as grace and glory shall enable us to carry out to the letter. "That I may daily perform my vows." To God who adds days to our days we will devote all our days. We vowed perpetual praise, and we desire to render it without intermission. We would worship God de die in diem, going right on as the days roll on. We ask no vacation from this heavenly vocation; we would make no pause in this sacred service. God daily performs his promises, let us daily perform our vows: he keeps his covenant let us not forget ours. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth, even for evermore.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. the heritage—or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Ps 21:2-4).

vows—implies prayers.

Psalm 61:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear My Cry; Listen to My Prayer
4Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. 5For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. 6You will prolong the king's life; His years will be as many generations.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:58
If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name--the LORD your God--

Nehemiah 1:11
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.

Job 22:27
You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

Psalm 56:12
I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.

Psalm 86:11
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalm 102:15
The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

Isaiah 59:19
From the west, people will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.

Malachi 2:5
"My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.

Malachi 4:2
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
Treasury of Scripture

For you, O God, have heard my vows: you have given me the heritage of those that fear your name.

hast heard

Psalm 56:12 Your vows are on me, O God: I will render praises to you.

Psalm 65:1 Praise waits for you, O God, in Sion: and to you shall the vow be performed.

Psalm 66:19 But truly God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

heritage

Psalm 16:5,6 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot…

Psalm 115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Malachi 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

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