Psalm 66:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.

New Living Translation
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.

English Standard Version
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.

New American Standard Bible
Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

King James Bible
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Say to God, "How awe-inspiring are Your works! Your enemies will cringe before You because of Your great strength.

International Standard Version
Say to God: "How awesome are your works! Because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you."

NET Bible
Say to God: "How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power your enemies cower in fear before you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Say to God, “How awesome are your works! By the greatness of your might your enemies will be enlisted for you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Say to God, "How awe-inspiring are your deeds! Your power is so great that your enemies will cringe in front of you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Say unto God, How awesome are you in your works! through the greatness of your power shall your enemies submit themselves unto you.

American King James Version
Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness of your power shall your enemies submit themselves to you.

American Standard Version
Say unto God, How terrible are thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say unto God, How terrible are thy works, O Lord! in the multitude of thy strength thy enemies shall lie to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Say unto God, How terrible are thy works! because of the greatness of thy strength, thine enemies come cringing unto thee.

English Revised Version
Say unto God, How terrible are thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Say to God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thy enemies submit themselves to thee.

World English Bible
Tell God, "How awesome are your deeds! Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Say to God, 'How fearful are Thy works, By the abundance of Thy strength, Thine enemies feign obedience to Thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

66:1-7 The holy church throughout all the world lifts up her voice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make the praise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others may be led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do this aright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew unto holiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and the glorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works than Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! rather, How terrible are thy works! God's deliverances, while rejoicing the persecuted, are "terrible" to the persecutors. Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. God's enemies, compelled against their will, have to submit themselves, but it is a feigned submission (comp. Psalm 76:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Say unto God,.... Or, "concerning God" (t), as some; or, "before God", as the Targum; say to him as follows, in psalms and hymns of praise:

how terrible art thou in thy works! or "reverend" (u); to be feared and reverenced with a godly fear on account of them; such as the works of nature and providence, which are stupendous and marvellous, fearfully and wonderfully wrought; and especially those of grace and redemption, in which the goodness of Christ is manifest, and for which he is to be feared: unless rather his judgments upon his enemies are here meant; who, though he is a Lamb to his own people, is the Lion of the tribe of Judah to them, whom he will break in pieces as a potter's vessel it may be read, "how terrible", or "tremendous", is everyone of "thy works"; so Aben Ezra, and also Jarchi, who interprets the next clause,

through the greatness of thy power, thus,

"when thou showest to the world thy power, by the pestilence, or sword, or famine, or lightnings:''

shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee? in a lying, flattering, and deceitful manner, as the word (w) here used signifies; See Gill on Psalm 18:44; or, as the above interpreters,

"they shall, through the greatness of fear, confess the lies and transgressions they have committed.''

It will be a forced, and not a free, confession and submission; Christ's enemies, whether they will or not, will be obliged to own that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, Philippians 2:10.

(t) "dicite de Deo", Campensis apud Gejerum; and some in Michaelis. (u) "reverendus", Junius & Tremellius. (w) "mentientur", V. L. Musculus, Montanus; "mendaciter se dedunt", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Amama.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. A specimen of the praise.

How terrible—(Compare Ps 65:8).

submit—(Compare Margin), show a forced subjection (Ps 18:44), produced by terror.

Psalm 66:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Make a Joyful Shout to God, All the Earth!
2Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. 4"All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name." Selah.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights."

2 Samuel 22:45
foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

Psalm 18:44
foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

Psalm 47:2
For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.

Psalm 65:5
You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

Psalm 81:15
Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.

Psalm 145:6
They tell of the power of your awesome works-- and I will proclaim your great deeds.

Isaiah 64:3
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Treasury of Scripture

Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness of your power shall your enemies submit themselves to you.

How terrible

Psalm 47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

Psalm 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness will you answer us, O God of …

Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings …

Exodus 15:1-16,21 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Judges 5:2-4,20-22 Praise you the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly …

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves …

Isaiah 64:3 When you did terrible things which we looked not for, you came down, …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

through

Psalm 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall …

Psalm 22:28,29 For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations…

Psalm 68:30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with …

Psalm 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves to him: but …

submit themselves. or, yield feigned obedience [heb.] lie

Psalm 78:35,36 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer…

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