Psalm 117:1
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English Standard Version
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!

King James Bible
O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

American Standard Version
O praise Jehovah, all ye nations; Laud him, all ye peoples.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

English Revised Version
O PRAISE the LORD, all ye nations; laud him, all ye peoples.

Webster's Bible Translation
O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

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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.

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This Psalm, the shortest in the whole collection, is written as a part of the preceding in thirty-two MSS.: it celebrates the deliverance from the Babylonian captivity, the grand type of the redemption of the world by the Messiah.

O praise

Psalm 66:1,4 Make a joyful noise to God, all you lands...

Psalm 67:3 Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you.

Psalm 86:9 All nations whom you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord; and shall glorify your name.

Isaiah 24:15,16 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea...

Isaiah 42:10-12 Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles...

Romans 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; and laud him, all you people.

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you...

praise him

Psalm 148:11-14 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth...

Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that has breath praise the LORD. Praise you the LORD.

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain...

Revelation 7:9,10 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds...

Cross References
Romans 15:11
And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him."

Psalm 66:4
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name." Selah

Zechariah 8:20
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.

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