New American Standard Bible
I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I love the Lord - The Hebrew rather means, "I love, because the Lord hath heard," etc. That is, the psalmist was conscious of love; he felt it glowing in his soul; his heart was full of that special joy, tenderness, kindness, peace, which love produces; and the source or reason of this, he says, was that the Lord had heard him in his prayers.
Because he hath heard ... - That is, This fact was a reason for loving him. The psalmist does not say that this was the only reason, or the main reason for loving him, but that it was the reason for that special joy of love which he then felt in his soul. The main reason for loving God is his own excellency of nature; but still there are other reasons for doing it, and among them are the benefits which he has conferred on us, and which awaken the love of gratitude. Compare the notes at 1 John 4:19.
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
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Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said, "I love You, O LORD, my strength."
But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation.
I said to the LORD, "You are my God; Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.
"Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God.
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