Psalm 63:3
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New International Version
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

New Living Translation
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!

English Standard Version
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

New American Standard Bible
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

King James Bible
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life.

International Standard Version
Because your gracious love is better than life itself, my lips will praise you.

NET Bible
Because experiencing your loyal love is better than life itself, my lips will praise you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because your mercies are better than life, and my lips shall praise you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My lips will praise you because your mercy is better than life [itself].

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because thy mercy is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

American King James Version
Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

American Standard Version
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thy mercy is better than lives: thee my lips shall praise.

Darby Bible Translation
For thy loving-kindness is better than life: my lips shall praise thee.

English Revised Version
For thy lovingkindness is better than life; my lips shall praise thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because thy loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

World English Bible
Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

Young's Literal Translation
Because better is Thy kindness than life, My lips do praise Thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

63:3-6 Even in affliction we need not want matter for praise. When this is the regular frame of a believer's mind, he values the loving-kindness of God more than life. God's loving-kindness is our spiritual life, and that is better than temporal life. We must praise God with joyful lips; we must address ourselves to the duties of religion with cheerfulness, and speak forth the praises of God from a principle of holy joy. Praising lips must be joyful lips. David was in continual danger; care and fear held his eyes waking, and gave him wearisome nights; but he comforted himself with thoughts of God. The mercies of God, when called to mind in the night watches, support the soul, making darkness cheerful. How happy will be that last morning, when the believer, awaking up after the Divine likeness, shall be satisfied with all the fulness of God, and praise him with joyful lips, where there is no night, and where sorrow and sighing flee away!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. The complete resignation of the psalmist, his sense of God's "loving kindness," and his desire to "praise," not to complain, are, under the circumstances, most wonderful, most admirable, and furnish a pattern to the Church in all ages.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,.... For life without the love of God is nothing else than death: a man that has no share in the love of God is dead while he lives; all the enjoyments of life, health, riches, honour, friends, &c. are nothing without the love of God; the meanest temporal blessings with it are preferable to the greatest without it, Proverbs 15:17; it lasts longer than life, and therefore must be better than that; death cannot separate from it; it continues to all eternity. And that the saints prefer it to this natural life appears by their readiness to lay it down for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, in which the lovingkindness of God is so richly manifested unto them; to which may be added, that it is the love of God which gives to his people spiritual life, and which issues in eternal life, and therefore must be better than a temporal one. The Targum is,

"for better is thy kindness, which thou wilt do for the righteous in the world to come, than the life which thou givest the wicked in this world;''

my lips shall praise thee; that is, for thy lovingkindness, and because it is better than life, and any enjoyment of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Experiencing God's mercy, which exceeds all the blessings of life, his lips will be opened for his praise (Ps 51:15).

Psalm 63:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God, You are My God
2Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. 4So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.…
Cross References
Psalm 69:16
Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

Psalm 119:171
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
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1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

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Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to you, and not be silent. …

Psalm 51:15 O Lord, open you my lips; and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh…

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

1 Corinthians 6:20 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, …

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …

James 3:5-10 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

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