Psalm 116:1
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New International Version
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.

King James Bible
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Darby Bible Translation
I love Jehovah, for he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications;

World English Bible
I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice, and my cries for mercy.

Young's Literal Translation
I have loved, because Jehovah heareth My voice, my supplication,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I love the Lord because he hath heard - How vain and foolish is the talk, "To love God for his benefits to us is mercenary, and cannot be pure love!" Whether pure or impure, there is no other love that can flow from the heart of the creature to its Creator. We love him, said the holiest of Christ's disciples, because he first loved us; and the increase of our love and filial obedience is in proportion to the increased sense we have of our obligation to him. We love him for the benefits bestowed on us. Love begets love.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A.M.

3468, B.C.

536. From several instances of the Chaldee dialect being used in this Psalm, it appears to have been written after the Babylonian captivity.

love

Psalm 18:1-5 I will love you, O LORD, my strength...

Psalm 119:132 Look you on me, and be merciful to me, as you use to do to those that love your name.

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength...

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me?...

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments...

because

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him...

Psalm 31:22,23 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes: nevertheless you heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to you...

Psalm 34:3,4 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together...

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Psalm 66:19,20 But truly God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer...

Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.

Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean...

1 Samuel 1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD.

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

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Requiting God
'What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? 13. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.'--PSALM cxvi. 12, 13. There may possibly be a reference here to a part of the Passover ritual. It seems to have become the custom in later times to lift high the wine cup at that feast and drink it with solemn invocation and glad thanksgiving. So we find our Lord taking the cup--the 'cup of blessing' as Paul calls it--and giving thanks. But as there is no record
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Prayer Answered, Love Nourished
"Oh the transporting, rapturous scene That rises to my sight! Sweet fields arrayed in living green, And rivers of delight. Filled with delight my raptured soul Would here no longer stay, Though Jordan's waves around me roll, Fearless I'd launch away." Yet nevertheless the Christian may do well sometimes to look backward; he may look back to the hole of the pit and the miry clay whence he was digged--the retrospect will help him to be humble, it will urge him to be faithful. He may look back with
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

That we must not Believe Everyone, and that we are Prone to Fall in Our Words
Lord, be thou my help in trouble, for vain is the help of man.(1) How often have I failed to find faithfulness, where I thought I possessed it. How many times I have found it where I least expected. Vain therefore is hope in men, but the salvation of the just, O God, is in Thee. Blessed be thou, O Lord my God, in all things which happen unto us. We are weak and unstable, we are quickly deceived and quite changed. 2. Who is the man who is able to keep himself so warily and circumspectly as not
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

But Some Man Will Say, Would Then those Midwives and Rahab have done Better...
34. But some man will say, Would then those midwives and Rahab have done better if they had shown no mercy, by refusing to lie? Nay verily, those Hebrew women, if they were such as that sort of persons of whom we ask whether they ought ever to tell a lie, would both eschew to say aught false, and would most frankly refuse that foul service of killing the babes. But, thou wilt say, themselves would die. Yea, but see what follows. They would die with an heavenly habitation for their incomparably more
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
Psalm 6:8
Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.

Psalm 6:9
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.

Psalm 18:1
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 66:19
but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.

Psalm 118:21
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

Psalm 140:6
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.

Isaiah 37:17
Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.

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