New American Standard Bible
What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?
King James Bible
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
Darby Bible Translation
What shall I render unto Jehovah, for all his benefits toward me?
World English Bible
What will I give to Yahweh for all his benefits toward me?
Young's Literal Translation
What do I return to Jehovah? All His benefits are upon me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? - All his "recompences," - the same word which in Psalm 116:7 is rendered "hath dealt bountifully." The question here has reference to that. What return can be equal to his bounties; what will be a proper acknowledgment of them; with what can I repay him for them all? The question is a natural and a proper question. It is one which we naturally ask when we have received a favor from our fellowmortals; how much more proper is it in view of the favors which we receive from God - especially in view of the mercy of God in the gift of a Saviour; the love manifested in the redemption of the soul! What can be an adequate return for love like that - for mercies so great, so undeserved?
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 …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
The Puritan Innovations
John Bunyan on the Terms of Communion and Fellowship of Christians at the Table of the Lord;
1 Thessalonians 3:9
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,
"Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.
2 Chronicles 32:25
But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit he received, because his heart was proud; therefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
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