New American Standard Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
King James Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Darby Bible Translation
Bless Jehovah, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
World English Bible
Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don't forget all his benefits;
Young's Literal Translation
Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And forget not all His benefits,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Bless the Lord, O my soul - The repetition here denotes the intensity or earnestness of the wish or desire of the psalmist. It is an emphatic calling upon his soul, that is, himself, never to forget the many favors which God was continually conferring upon him.
And forget not all his benefits - Any of his favors. This refers not to those favors in the aggregate, but it is a call to remember them in particular. The word rendered "benefits" - גמול gemûl - means properly an act, work, doing, whether good or evil, Psalm 137:8; and then, "desert," or what a man deserves "for" his act; "recompence." It is rendered "deserving" in Judges 9:16; benefit, as here, in 2 Chronicles 32:25; "desert," Psalm 28:4; "reward," Psalm 94:2; Isaiah 3:11; Obadiah 1:15; "recompence," Proverbs 12:14; Isaiah 35:4; Isaiah 59:18; Isaiah 66:6; Jeremiah 51:6; Lamentations 3:64; Joel 3:4, Joel 3:7. The proper reference here is to the divine "dealings," - to what God had done - as a reason for blessing his name. His "dealings" with the psalmist had been such as to call for praise and gratitude. What those "dealings" particularly were he specifies in the following verses. The call here on his soul is not to forget these divine dealings, as laying the foundation for praise. We shall find, when we reach the end of life, that all which God has done, however dark and mysterious it may have appeared at the time, was so connected with our good as to make it a proper subject of praise and thanksgiving.
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(Children's Flower Service.) PSALM ciii. 15. "As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth." Children, have you ever heard of the language of flowers? Now, of course, we know that flowers cannot speak as we can. I wish they could. I think they would say such sweet things. But in one way flowers do talk to us. When you give them some water, or when God sends a shower of rain upon them, they give forth a sweet smell; I think that the flowers are speaking then, I think that they are saying, "thank …
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then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
1 Chronicles 16:12
Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?
Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.
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