Psalm 117:2
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English Standard Version
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

King James Bible
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

American Standard Version
For his lovingkindness is great toward us; And the truth of Jehovah endureth for ever. Praise ye Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.

English Revised Version
For his mercy is great toward us; and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
For his merciful kindness is great towards us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 117:2 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From what he has experienced the poet infers that the saints of Jahve are under His most especial providence. Instead of המּות the poet, who is fond of such embellishments, chooses the pathetic form המּותה, and consequently, instead of the genitival construct state (מות), the construction with the Lamed of "belonging to." It ought properly to be "soul" or "blood," as in the primary passage Psalm 72:14. But the observation of Grotius: quae pretiosa sunt, non facile largimur, applies also to the expression "death." The death of His saints is no trifling matter with God; He does not lightly suffer it to come about; He does not suffer His own to be torn away from Him by death.

(Note: The Apostolic Constitutions (vi. 30) commend the singing of these and other words of the Psalms at the funerals of those who have departed in the faith (cf. Augusti, Denkwrdigkeiten, ix. 563). In the reign of the Emperor Decius, Babylas Bishop of Antioch, full of blessed hope, met death singing these words.)

After this the poet goes on beseechingly: ānnáh Adonaj. The prayer itself is not contained in פּתּחתּ למוסרי - for he is already rescued, and the perfect as a precative is limited to such utterances spoken in the tone of an exclamation as we find in Job 21:16 - but remains unexpressed; it lies wrapped up as it were in this heartfelt ānnáh: Oh remain still so gracious to me as Thou hast already proved Thyself to me. The poet rejoices in and is proud of the fact that he may call himself the servant of God. With אמתך he is mindful of his pious mother (cf. Psalm 86:16). The Hebrew does not form a feminine, עבדּה; Arab. amata signifies a maid, who is not, as such, also Arab. ‛abdat, a slave. The dative of the object, למוסרי (from מוסרים for the more usual מוסרות), is used with פתחת instead of the accusative after the Aramaic manner, but it does also occur in the older Hebrew (e.g., Job 19:3; Isaiah 53:11). The purpose of publicly giving thanks to the Gracious One is now more full-toned here at the close. Since such emphasis is laid on the Temple and the congregation, what is meant is literal thank-offerings in payment of vows. In בּתוככי (as in Psalm 135:9) we have in the suffix the ancient and Aramaic i((cf. Psalm 116:7) for the third time. With אנּה the poet clings to Jahve, with נגדּה־נּא to the congregation, and with בּתוככי to the holy city. The one thought that fills his whole soul, and in which the song which breathes forth his soul dies away, is Hallelujah.

Psalm 117:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100:4,5 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name...

Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things...

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Luke 1:54,55 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy...

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

Romans 15:8,9 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers...

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood...

Cross References
Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 103:11
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Psalm 146:6
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;

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