Psalm 116:2
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English Standard Version
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

King James Bible
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

American Standard Version
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me: and in my days I will call upon him.

English Revised Version
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because he hath inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After this confession of Israel there now arises a voice that addresses itself to Israel. The threefold division into Israel, the house of Aaron, and those who fear Jahve is the same as in Psalm 118:2-4. In Psalm 135 the "house of Levi" is further added to the house of Aaron. Those who fear Jahve, who also stand in the last passage, are probably the proselytes (in the Acts of the Apostles σεβόμενοι τὸν Θεόν, or merely σεβόμενοι)

(Note: The appellation φοβούμενοι does not however occur, if we do not bring Acts 10:2 in here; but in Latin inscriptions in Orelli-Hentzen No. 2523, and in Auer in the Zeitschrift fr katholische Theologie 1852, S. 80, the proselyte (religionis Judaicae) is called metuens.))

at any rate these are included even if Israel in Psalm 115:9 is meant to signify the laity, for the notion of "those who fear Jahve" extends beyond Israel. The fact that the threefold refrain of the summons does not run, as in Psalm 33:20, our help and shield is He, is to be explained from its being an antiphonal song. In so far, however, as the Psalm supplicates God's protection and help in a campaign the declaration of confident hope, their help and shield is He, may, with Hitzig, be referred to the army that is gone or is going forth. It is the same voice which bids Israel to be of good courage and announces to the people the well-pleased acceptance of the sacrifice with the words "Jahve hath been mindful of us" (זכרנוּ ה, cf. עתּה ידעתּי, Psalm 20:7), perhaps simultaneously with the presentation of the memorial portion (אזכרה) of the meat-offering (Psalm 38:1). The יברך placed at the head is particularized threefold, corresponding to the threefold summons. The special promise of blessing which is added in Psalm 115:14 is an echo of Deuteronomy 1:11, as in 2 Samuel 24:3. The contracted future יסף we take in a consolatory sense; for as an optative it would be too isolated here. In spite of all oppression on the part of the heathen, God will make His people ever more numerous, more capable of offering resistance, and more awe-inspiring.

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Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me...

Psalm 86:6,7 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications...

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

Psalm 145:18,19 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth...

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

as long as I live. Heb. in my days

Cross References
Psalm 17:6
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Psalm 31:2
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

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

Psalm 66:19
But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Isaiah 38:20
The LORD will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the LORD.

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