Psalm 116:16
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English Standard Version
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

King James Bible
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, truly I am thy servant: I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid; Thou hast loosed my bonds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord, for I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast broken my bonds:

English Revised Version
O LORD, truly I am thy servant: I am thy servant, the son of thine handmaid; thou hast loosed my bonds.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Since כּי אדבּר does not introduce anything that could become an object of belief, האמין is absolute here: to have faith, just as in Job 24:22; Job 29:24, with לא it signifies "to be without faith, i.e., to despair." But how does it now proceed? The lxx renders ἐπίστευσα, διὸ ἐλάλησα, which the apostle makes use of in 2 Corinthians 4:13, without our being therefore obliged with Luther to render: I believe, therefore I speak; כי does not signify διὸ. Nevertheless כי might according to the sense be used for לכן, if it had to be rendered with Hengstenberg: "I believed, therefore I spake,hy but I was very much plagued." But this assertion does not suit this connection, and has, moreover, no support in the syntax. It might more readily be rendered: "I have believed that I should yet speak, i.e., that I should once more have a deliverance of God to celebrate;" but the connection of the parallel members, which is then only lax, is opposed to this. Hitzig's attempted interpretation, "I trust, when (כּי as in Jeremiah 12:1) I should speak: I am greatly afflicted," i.e., "I have henceforth confidence, so that I shall not suffer myself to be drawn away into the expression of despondency," does not commend itself, since Psalm 116:10 is a complaining, but not therefore as yet a desponding assertion of the reality. Assuming that האמנתּי and אמרתּי in Psalm 116:11 stand on the same line in point of time, it seems that it must be interpreted I had faith, for I spake (was obliged to speak); but אדבר, separated from האמנתי by כי, is opposed to the colouring relating to the contemporaneous past. Thus Psalm 116:10 will consequently contain the issue of that which has been hitherto experienced: I have gathered up faith and believe henceforth, when I speak (have to speak, must speak): I am deeply afflicted (ענה as in Psalm 119:67, cf. Arab. ‛nâ, to be bowed down, more particularly in captivity, whence Arab. 'l-‛nât, those who are bowed down). On the other hand, Psalm 116:11 is manifestly a retrospect. He believes now, for he is thoroughly weaned from putting trust in men: I said in my despair (taken from Psalm 31:23), the result of my deeply bowed down condition: All men are liars (πᾶς ἄνθρωπος ψεύστης, Romans 3:4). Forsaken by all the men from whom he expected succour and help, he experienced the truth and faithfulness of God. Striding away over this thought, he asks in Psalm 116:12 how he is to give thanks to God for all His benefits. מה is an adverbial accusative for בּמּה, as in Genesis 44:16, and the substantive תּגּמוּל, in itself a later formation, has besides the Chaldaic plural suffix ôhi, which is without example elsewhere in Hebrew. The poet says in Psalm 116:13 how alone he can and will give thanks to his Deliverer, by using a figure taken from the Passover (Matthew 26:27), the memorial repast in celebration of the redemption out of Egypt. The cup of salvation is that which is raised aloft and drunk amidst thanksgiving for the manifold and abundant salvation (ישׁוּעות) experienced. קרא בשׁם ה is the usual expression for a solemn and public calling upon and proclamation of the Name of God. In Psalm 116:14 this thanksgiving is more minutely designated as שׁלמי נדר, which the poet now discharges. A common and joyous eating and drinking in the presence of God was associated with the shelamim. נא (vid., Psalm 115:2) in the freest application gives a more animated tone to the word with which it stands. Because he is impelled frankly and freely to give thanks before the whole congregation, נא stands beside נגד, and נגד, moreover, has the intentional ah.

Psalm 116:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

truly

Psalm 86:16 O turn to me, and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.

Psalm 119:125 I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies.

Psalm 143:12 And of your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am your servant.

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

the son

Psalm 86:16 O turn to me, and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid.

thou hast

Psalm 107:14-16 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bands in sunder...

2 Chronicles 33:11-13 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns...

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek...

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Cross References
Job 12:18
He looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips.

Psalm 86:16
Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.

Psalm 107:14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.

Psalm 119:125
I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

Psalm 143:12
And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

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