New American Standard Bible
I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.
King James Bible
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of Jah.
World English Bible
I will not die, but live, and declare Yah's works.
Young's Literal Translation
I do not die, but live, And recount the works of Jah,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I shall not die, but live - Evidently the psalmist had apprehended that he would die; or, he had felt that he was in imminent danger of dying. In this language he seems, as in Psalm 118:13, to go back again to the scenes referred to in the psalm. He lives them over again. He describes the feelings which he had then. He saw that he was in danger. His enemies were thick round about him, and sought his life. But he had then the assurance that they would not be victorious; that they would not accomplish their object; that he would be protected; that he would live to declare what God had done for him. He does not say how he had this assurance, but there is no impropriety in supposing that he had it, as Hezekiah had in similar circumstances (see Isaiah 38:5-8, Isaiah 38:21), by a direct divine intimation. Things like this are not uncommon now, when, in danger or in sickness, the mind is strongly impressed with the belief that there will be a restoration to health and safety, and when the mind is made calm and peaceful by that belief - the very calmness of the mind under such a belief contributing not a little to that result. Why should we hesitate to believe that such a faith and hope may come from the Lord? Compare Acts 27:22-25.
And declare the works of the Lord - Declare what he has done.
LibraryBound to the Altar
Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.' (Psalm cxviii. 27.) Periodically in our Halls we have had what we call Altar Services. At such times, and more especially during the Self-Denial and Harvest Festival efforts, Soldiers, friends, and others who are interested in God's work are invited to come forward with gifts of money to lay upon the special table which, for that occasion, serves the purpose of an altar. Those who have been present at these Meetings will not need …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Sabbath Morning Hymn.
The Lively Stones. Rev. W. Morley Punshon.
To Pastors and Teachers
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.
For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living.
"It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die. You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.
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