New American Standard Bible
I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
King James Bible
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
Darby Bible Translation
I will perform my vows unto Jehovah, yea, before all his people.
World English Bible
I will pay my vows to Yahweh, yes, in the presence of all his people.
Young's Literal Translation
My vows to Jehovah let me complete, I pray you, before all His people.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I will pay my vows ... - I will perform or execute. The word vows here refers probably to the solemn promise which he had made in his sickness - the promise to devote himself to God, should he be restored to health. Compare the notes at Isaiah 38:15, notes at Isaiah 38:20. Such promises are commonly made in sickness, and, alas! almost as commonly disregarded and forgotten on a restoration to health. Yet such vows should be sacredly observed, for
(a) They are right and proper;
(b) they are made in most solemn circumstances;
(c) they are usually sincere;
(d) they are of the nature of a covenant with God;
(e) they are made when we are in the best position to take just views of life - of this life, and of the life to come;
(f) the subsequent life would be happier and better if they were faithfully carried out.
In the presence of all his people - Publicly. The vows were made in private; on the sick bed; when alone; in the silence of the night-watches; when no eye was upon him who made them but the eye of God. There is a propriety, however, that the expression of thanksgiving should be public. Compare Isaiah 38:20. Indeed, nothing is more proper than public thanks for a restoration from sickness; and as in our public assemblies prayer is often specially offered for the sick at their own request, so it would be equally proper that, at their request, public thanks should be rendered for their recovery.
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
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John Bunyan on the Terms of Communion and Fellowship of Christians at the Table of the Lord;
From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.
"Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;
I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows,
I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
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