Psalm 71:17
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New International Version
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

New Living Translation
O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.

English Standard Version
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

New American Standard Bible
O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.

King James Bible
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works.

International Standard Version
God, you taught me from my youth, so I am still declaring your awesome deeds.

NET Bible
O God, you have taught me since I was young, and I am still declaring your amazing deeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God is my teacher from my youth, and when shall I show your wonders?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O God, you have taught me ever since I was young, and I still talk about the miracles you have done.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth and until now; I shall manifest thy wondrous works.

King James 2000 Bible
O God, you have taught me from my youth: and to this day have I declared your wondrous works.

American King James Version
O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared your wondrous works.

American Standard Version
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth; And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast taught me, O God, from my youth: and till now I will declare thy wonderful works.

Darby Bible Translation
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I proclaimed thy marvellous works:

English Revised Version
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth; and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Webster's Bible Translation
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

World English Bible
God, you have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.

Young's Literal Translation
God, Thou hast taught me from my youth, And hitherto I declare Thy wonders.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

71:14-24 The psalmist declares that the righteousness of Christ, and the great salvation obtained thereby, shall be the chosen subject of his discourse. Not on a sabbath only, but on every day of the week, of the year, of his life. Not merely at stated returns of solemn devotion, but on every occasion, all the day long. Why will he always dwell on this? Because he knew not the numbers thereof. It is impossible to measure the value or the fulness of these blessings. The righteousness is unspeakable, the salvation everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headed servants when no longer capable of labouring as they have done. The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, when nature is sinking into decay. And it is a debt which the old disciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leave behind them a solemn testimony to the advantage of religion, and the truth of God's promises; and especially to the everlasting righteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance and victory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach of death, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers. And while speaking of his righteousness, and singing his praises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and have earnests of the joys of heaven. The work of redemption ought, above all God's works, to be spoken of by us in our praises. The Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of all blessing and praise.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Hitherto, i.e., have I always had thy guidance and instruction, and hitherto have I always had occasion to praise thy Name. Hence I am confident with respect to the future.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth,.... The corruption of human nature; the weakness and impotence of it, to everything that is spiritually good; and the need of continual strength and grace from Christ, to go to him for righteousness and strength, life and salvation, and to walk by faith on him; the doctrine of justification by the righteousness of Christ, and the insufficiency of his own; the will, ways, and worship of God; and all the duties of religion, prayer, praise, &c. and whoever were the instruments, or whatever were the means, of teaching David these things, he ascribes it to God. Whether his parents, or the priests and Levites, taught him the sacrifices and ordinances of the law, it was the Lord that blessed instructions to him; and that taught him by providences and precepts, and by his Holy Spirit. And a wonderful blessing it is to be taught of God, and not of men, things relating both to doctrine and practice; and it is an addition to it to be taught these things early, as David was from his youth; and therefore the Lord was so soon the object of his faith and trust, Psalm 71:5; and, as Timothy, from a child, was acquainted with the holy Scriptures, and the things contained in them, which are able to make wise unto salvation, Isaiah 29:13;

and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works: not only of nature and providence, but of grace; the treasuring up of all grace, and the blessings of it in Christ; the work of redemption by him; the work of regeneration and conversion by his Spirit; and the perseverance of the saints by his grace and strength; which are all wonderful and amazing. And as the psalmist saw his interest in these things, and had an experience of them, he declared them to others for their encouragement, and to the glory of all the three Persons; see Psalm 66:16.

The Treasury of David

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every One that is to come.

Psalm 71:17

"O God, thou hast taught me from my youth." It was comfortable to the Psalmist to remember that from his earliest days he had been the Lord's disciple. None are too young to be taught of God, and they make the most proficient scholars who begin betimes. "And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works." He had leaned to tell what he knew, he was a pupil teacher; he continued still learning and declaring, and did not renounce his first master; this, also, was his comfort, but it is one which those who have been seduced from the school of the gospel, into the various colleges of philosophy and scepticism, will not be able to enjoy. A sacred conservatism is much needed in these days, when men are giving up old lights for new. We mean both to learn and to teach the wonders of redeeming love, till we can discover something nobler or more soul-satisfying; for this reason we hope that our greyheads will be found in the same road as we have trodden, even from our beardless youth.

Psalm 71:18

"Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not." There is something touching in the sight of hair whitened with the snows of many a winter: the old and faithful soldier receives consideration from his king, the venerable servant is beloved by his master. When our infirmities multiply, we may, with confidence, expect enlarged privileges in the world of grace, to make up for our narrowing range in the field of nature. Nothing shall make God forsake those who have not forsaken him. Our fear is lest he should do so; but his promise kisses that fear into silence. "Until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation." He desired to continue his testimony and complete it; he had respect to the young men and little children about him, and knowing the vast importance of training them in the fear of God, he longed to make them all acquainted with the power of God to support his people, that they also might be led to walk by faith. He had leaned on the almighty arm, and could speak experimentally of its all-Sufficiency, and longed to do so ere life came to a close. "And thy power to every one that is to come." He would leave a record for unborn ages to read. He thought the Lord's power to be so worthy of praise, that he would make the ages ring With it till time should be no more. For this cause believers live, and they should take care to labour zealously for the accomplishment of this their most proper and necessary work. Blessed are they who begin in youth to proclaim the name of the Lord, and cease not until their last hour brings their last word for their divine Master.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17-21. Past experience again encourages.

taught me, &c.—by providential dealings.

Psalm 71:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
16I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone. 17O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. 18And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:5
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it.

Deuteronomy 6:7
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Psalm 26:7
proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 40:5
Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 75:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song. We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Psalm 119:27
Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

Jeremiah 3:4
Have you not just called to me: 'My Father, my friend from my youth,
Treasury of Scripture

O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared your wondrous works.

thou hast

Psalm 71:5 For you are my hope, O Lord GOD: you are my trust from my youth.

Psalm 119:9,102 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto …

hitherto

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you that fear God, and I will declare what he …

1 Samuel 17:36,37 Your servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised …

2 Samuel 4:9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon …

2 Samuel 22:1 And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that …

1 Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark …

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