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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CommentaryClarke'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
536. From several instances of the Chaldee dialect being used in this Psalm, it appears to have been written after the Babylonian captivity.
'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
That we must not Believe Everyone, and that we are Prone to Fall in Our Words
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Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
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.
but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.
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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