New American Standard Bible
Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
King James Bible
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Darby Bible Translation
Rejoice in Jehovah, ye righteous; and give thanks in remembrance of his holiness.
World English Bible
Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous people! Give thanks to his holy Name. A Psalm.
Young's Literal Translation
Rejoice, ye righteous, in Jehovah, And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous - See the notes at Psalm 33:1.
And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness - Margin, "to the memorial" (compare Psalm 30:4). The idea is, "to the memory of his holiness;" that is, when his holiness comes before the mind; when it is remembered; when it is thought of. Give thanks or rejoice,
(a) that God is holy; that he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; that there is One eternally pure who presides over the universe; that there is One who will always do what is right;
(b) that such a Being is our God - our covenant-keeping God; that we may look to him, trust in him, enjoy him.
Wicked people do not rejoice that there is a God at all, and especially that God is a "holy God;" but it is one of the characteristics of true piety to rejoice in the thought that there is a God, and that he is perfectly holy, and hence, to feel conscious happiness whenever his name is mentioned, and whenever his attributes are referred to. The highest source of joy for man is that there is a God, and that God is exactly what he is, pure and holy. It would be a source of deepest sorrow if there were no God, or if God were in any respect, even the slightest, a different being from what he is.
The duty here enjoined is a general one to all God's people. We are to hate all evi--not some evils. It was said, you know, long ago, of certain professors, that they did "Compound for sins they were inclined to By damning those they had no mind to." And there are some, I dare say, at this day, who think others extremely guilty for committing iniquities which they do not care to commit, but they themselves commit other sins with which they deal very gently. O Christian, never take hold of sin, except …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
Snares of Satan
God, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.
You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.
Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.
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