Psalm 138:1
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New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Psalm of David.} I will give thee thanks with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing psalms of thee.

World English Bible
I will give you thanks with my whole heart. Before the gods, I will sing praises to you.

Young's Literal Translation
By David. I confess Thee, with all my heart, Before the gods I do praise Thee.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

I will praise thee with my whole heart - Reserving nothing m my heart to give to idols or to other gods. All that constitutes praise to God as God, he would address to him alone. He would use no language, and cherish no feeling, which implied a belief that there was any other God; he would indulge in no attachment which would be inconsistent with supreme attachment to God, or which would tend to draw away his affections from him. See the notes at Psalm 9:1.

Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee - The idols; all idols; in preference to them all. This does not mean that he would do this in the presence of other gods; but that Yahweh should be acknowledged to be God in preference to any or all of them.

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Library
Epistle Xlvii. To Dominicus, Bishop.
To Dominicus, Bishop. Gregory to Dominicus, Bishop of Carthage [1454] . We have received with the utmost gratification the letters of your Fraternity, which have reached us somewhat late by the hands of Donatus and Quodvultdeus, our most reverend brethren and fellow-bishops, and also Victor the deacon with Agilegius the notary. And though we thought that we had suffered loss from the tardiness of their coming, yet we find gain from their more abundant charity; seeing that from this delay in point
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Prayer Out of the Deep.
Hear my prayer, O God; and hide not Thyself from my petition. Take heed unto me and hear me; how I mourn in my prayer and am vexed.--Psalm iv. 1, 2. In my trouble I will call upon the Lord, and complain unto my God; so shall He hear my voice out of His holy temple, and my complaint shall come before Him; it shall enter even into His ears.--Ps. xviii. 5, 6. The Lord is nigh unto them that call upon Him; He also will hear their cry, and will help them.--Psalm cxlv. 18, 19. In the day when I cried
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

Cross References
Psalm 95:3
For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods,

Psalm 96:4
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 97:7
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods.

Psalm 111:1
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.

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