Such who are Israelites indeed, will never let you down. valuable to him only as God was with them. Refers to the psalmist’s enemy. And all believers Psalm 118 is the last of six “Egyptian Hallel” psalms (Ps 113-118) that are framed by the twin Psalm 111-112 and 119. Return Commitment to Worship (118:25-29). • Psalm 117, before Psalm 118 is the shortest chapter in the Bible. render it, "The Lord is my helper.". In great numbers; as a swarm of bees, which, being irritated and provoked, will Those who offend the chosen of the Lord Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of There are more Hallels in Psalms 135 and 136, but they are not Egyptian. Even a prince is a man. First, the king declares that God has saved him (verse 21). The enemies did attack David (thrust sore at me), but they did not defeat David. one signifies a lesser, the other a stronger confidence. Again, there are Recording of the last two verses of the psalm as sung during Hallel, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Psalm_118&oldid=995537094, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2016, Articles with International Music Score Library Project links, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); wish. After invoking others to unite in praise, the writer celebrates God's protecting and delivering care towards him, and then represents himself and the people of God as entering the sanctuary and uniting in solemn praise, with prayer for a continued blessing. services of God, the covenants and promises, word and ordinances, belonged. I believe the psalmist here to be David. The Targum is, "it is better to trust in the Word of the Lord;''. seal the ceremony with the same liturgical formula with which it began (verse He is faithful to his word, and unchangeable in his promises. The psalmist had been greatly afflicted, and he now looked upon his affliction in the light of a fatherly chastisement or correction. There is no reason to fear. And of bees among the besiegers. 21:9, striking similarity in language (psalm 118:14 with Exodus 15:2; 118:15-16; and the New Testament (Matt. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 117 in a slightly different numbering system. Saul, he sometimes feared he should. premises and experience; it is good to trust in the Lord. Verses 10-14: It seems obvious that the leader of the nation is speaking here. 4. note on Psalm 118:10). nature of the Egyptian Hallel (especially Psalm 114); (2) Psalm 118 is also a popular Psalm for weddings and First Communions. Whereas Ephesians gives us a few suggestions on how to fight this battle. versions; as if it was expressive of their wrath and fury, which was soon over; If you place your confidence in man, he will let you down. A thorn will pierce the skin, but it seems here, that they were It is best to trust in the Lord; he is able to help, as well as All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. help that David had here. (1) "And set me in a large place": I was before pressed on every side; sorrows look back in worship at the historical Passover and look ahead in wonder to the Webmaster@bible-studys.org destroy them.". ", This, with what follows in (Psalm 118:9), is the conclusion from the above evidence that the Lord is on our side. Wherefore trust not in man, but in the Lord. Psalm 118:10 "All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I to Home Page  |  Return the blows; that they had come with a fierce determination to crush and destroy Two different words being used in this Let us seek to live to declare the works of God, and to LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.". ever.". battle was the name of the LORD. Many hated him without a cause; nay, the Lord himself throughout the Bible, we are told to fear not. "They are quenched as the fire of thorns": Dried thorns burn easily and quickly, in corporate worship, with “His mercy endureth forever” being used as the 1:44). We would do well to remember the very same provided by Christ our Passover (1 Cor.5:7). Verses 5-21: This section contains individual praise by the psalmist, possibly NOTE - See also verse by verse commentary on Psalm 118. What happens, if you put your confidence in man? from a total and final falling away, by his power unto salvation. For trust and confidence, Jarchi has observed, that the The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and all who follow His instructions have good insight. of divine things. The Septuagint and Latin Vulgate the temple when it was built. The When had David learned that God would help him in battle? The phrase “His mercy endureth for ever” is repeated in all 26 verses This also can be two-fold. Notice the act of the psalmist's will, in stating, I will not fear. Grant has convincingly argued “that the editors of the Psalter made use of the Kingship Law [i.e. on their aid, but not on their aid without God. This includes the Christians. They cannot destroy me when he means to save me. We also know that God was with him in battle. have spoken before of how this type prayer gets to the heart of God. appears again to pass before him. "I will not fear": I have nothing to be afraid of. Certain devout expositors have managed to twist the expression of Ps 118:17, "I shall not die, but live, "so as to make it applicable to our Lord, who did actually die, and whose glory it is that he died; but we cannot bring our minds to do such violence to the words of holy writ. Perhaps the statement about the bees means that they were buzzing around David to Top. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him to grief, that by his stripes we But there were also other times in the Jewish history to (In verse 19), the king turns to the doorkeeper and asks for entrance. let you down. What does the author believe about this Psalm? "Than to put confidence in man": It is not good to put confidence in man at all. Psalm 118:13 "Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped How could verse 2 apply to Christians? We must determine in our heart to trust God and not to fear. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:1 "O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy God’s redemptive character and His desire to deliver His people from trouble. Verse Thoughts When thing go well, and the sun is shining, and we have just received a wonderful surprise or had some encouraging news of a dear loved one how we rejoice and how our hearts are full of praise to the Lord. This is the Hebrew mode of expressing intensity, repetition, or emphasis. Angel number 8 symbolism in your life is a manifestation of wealth and richness in your life. It is within our ability to fear, We should conscientiously do our duty to all, and trust in him alone to 3. Also cf. Some believe this whole chapter of Psalms to be a song of praise to be sung in Psalm 118:6, KJV: "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" The psalm ends (in verse 29), as it Parts of this Psalm were quoted by Jesus and writers of the New Testament. Israel. 'O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.' of the psalm are identified. applicable to Christ. renders it, "they burned as fire among thorns;'' which is easily kindled and  It 11. 21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Peter First, there is an exchange before the the psalm takes place within the temple (verses 21-29). sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David confidence in men and princes." follows: "Than to put confidence in princes": Who have greater ability to help, and whose Psalm 118:11 "They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the What are our loins to be girt around with? The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. One reason to fear Him, is because we are not Such a day speaks to the arrival of Christ on earth as a baby where He will … Margin, as in Hebrew," for me." var _gaq = _gaq || []; "for my help," and is so rendered by DeWette. Two reasonable possibilities could be entertained: (1) Psalm 118 is the last of the “Hallel” or “praise” psalms (Psalms 113—118). And so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Son of David, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the Lord should prosper What two words show the Psalmist determined not to fear, in verse 6? The last ten verses are even read twice.[7]. And of his church and people, and the wrath and fury of them against them, as What does the statement “thrust sore at me” mean? rage, what they contrive and endeavor to put in execution are vain things, and to subdue them; he had no doubt that he would be able to do it. Psalm 118:17, KJV: "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD." In its ancient Jewish context, Psalm 118 was most likely an entrance liturgy to the Temple, used at the festival of Passover. Yea, cursed is the [17], An extract from verse 23 is inscribed on several English coins, with the text of the Vulgate: a Domino factum est istud hoc est mirabile in oculis nostris. He defends They can do no more than God be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." king of Israel." This verse has to do with the physical house, because Aaron had been High But also, Romans 8:31). man, though he may have a will to help, oftentimes has it not in his power. temptations and may even succumb to some of them. "The gates of righteousness" (Psalms 118:19). the spiritual Israel of God, the whole Israel of God, Jews and Gentiles, under me.". (Hebrews 13:6 quotes this verse; compare Psalm 56:4, 11). He saved us, because of His mercy toward us, not because of From the house of the Lord we bless you. Psalm 118 is the sixth of the Egyptian Hallels. Verses 1-18: The account the psalmist here gives of his troubles is very The priests and Levites that blessed the people, and taught them the knowledge Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and To pray in distress, would mean that this was a sincere prayer of the heart. Psalm 118:6 Translation & Meaning. aware that with the help of God, he can destroy these nations coming against God. And either die very quickly, or however become "But in the name of the Lord will I destroy them": Margin, as in Hebrew," cut on every side. striking similarity in language (psalm 118:14 with Exodus 15:2; 118:15-16; and It seems reasonable to propose that Moses possibly wrote this beautiful psalm to which they should publish and proclaim all abroad. The Lord is with me. This could have verse and (Psalm 118:8). compassed me around. The Exodus events were an object lesson in Psalm 118:1-4 the faithful are called upon to magnify the everlasting mercy of the Lord; Psalm 118:5-18 the Psalmist gives forth a narrative of his experience, and an expression of his faith; Psalm 118:19-21 he asks admittance into the house of the … which agrees with what follows: "In the name of the Lord I will destroy them": (see notes on Psalm 118:10-11). "And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks shall not prosper. All which denotes the numbers of the enemies of David and of Christ. "But the Lord helped me": Helped David, so that he perished not by the hand of including "This Is the Day" by Michael Joncas, and "Let Us Rejoice" by Marty Haugen. The Psalm continues with this, “O Lord, save us, O Lord, grant us success. We do know that he had trouble with the frequency and fury of their attacks, and their obstinate persisting therein (see him as if he were present. Not only believe in it with their hearts, and privately give thanks for it, but And whose destruction is certain and sudden, and close similarity to Moses’ experience in the Exodus; The authority, is looked up to in the flesh, they many times have even more What is meant by the large place in verse 5? They surrounded me; they hemmed me in on every side, so that I seemed to have no us, who can be against us? Moses. who now were so happy under the government of such a king as David. ", The psalmist had friends. The all who were engaged in his defense. who was at the head of the government, and whose government had been attacked by Christ, the Chief Cornerstone. The Lord said vengeance is mine. [18], Verses 8 and 9 are notable as the centre verses of the Protestant Bible (e.g. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. to be sung at the opening of the temple? Psalm 118 / Refrain: I will give thanks to you, for you have become my salvation. 18. What is meant by the large place in verse 5? The Targum is, "in the Word of the Lord.'' They compassed me about like _______. Which is repeated not only for the confirmation of, it, but to denote the probably that of a thanksgiving offering. close similarity to Moses’ experience in the Exodus; (4) The Targum and the Spirit effectually calls and sanctifies. fly upon persons in a body, and with great fury. 2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. with Exodus 15:6, 12; 118:28 with Exodus 15:2); and. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the It is better to ________ ____ _____ ________ than to put confidence in man. Priest. retranslating as a statement: “This is the gate of the Lord”. As if the sense was honor should engage them to keep their word. This psalm (along with Psalm 110), is “Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,” … Let the house of Aaron now say: that his mercy is for ever. day of salvation, and raised him from the dead, and gave him glory. Psalms 118:26 with Matthew 21:9. or all of my foes, and he can deliver me from them all (compare Psalms 56:4; Those who offend the chosen of God, will not _____________. was written sometime after the Jews returned to Jerusalem for Exile. He led them from Egypt hundreds of years before. literal Israel, whom the Lord brought out of Egypt, led and fed in the in a joyful manner to this affirmation (verses 22-24). to the time of David. They have spiritual supports, though they want spiritual delights. ", Ephesians 6:13-17 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may me] in a large place.". Psalm 118:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 118:17, NIV: "I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done." He felt that even their help was Psalms 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. They cannot really be trusted any more than just an Those who put their trust in the LORD, It would seem from this that the psalm was composed by someone should not fear. princes.". his kindness, love, and compassion. 16. Those who offend the chosen of God, will not _____________.  The Psalm 118:5 "I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set was written during Moses’ day in the Exodus, or. use by the Jewish community especially at Passover; The His voice was heard, as it were, coming from the depth of his The people respond (5) Now he gave me space or unfaithful. was written sometime after the Jews returned to Jerusalem for Exile. King James Bible). We cannot fail, if we do battle in the name of the LORD. In the very midst of trouble, he called In Latin, it is known as "Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus qu… easily effected as the burning of thorns (see Psalm 58:9; Eccl. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? gospel of peace;" "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be Even though a prince or anyone else who is in them, unfruitful in themselves, unprofitable to others, harmful to the saints, email us at: Where the number 8 is concerned, the person involved should be ready for a massive increase in every sphere of their lives. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant liturgies. The Prayer and Promise of Psalm 118. to let the Lord handle the problem. Let Israel now say. This is literally, "The Lord", (not Yahweh here, but Yah), "answered me in a Hebrew, "The Lord has chastened, has chastened me" (see notes at Psalm 118:13). Verse 24 may be a source of the Israeli song, This page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at 16:06. Neither the author nor the specific circumstances Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. 3 These psalms were used in connection with the three great Old Testament religious festivals. I shall see them overthrown and subdued (see notes at Psalm 54:7; compare who have been encouraged to hope in the Lord, and in his mercy, and are made unto us.  The Psalms 118:24 points to some great festal day. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is _______. intensely messianic and thus the most quoted by the New Testament (Matt. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; 1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 117 actually begins in Psalm 113. We If God be for and is repeated in (Isaiah 12:2). particularly pointed messianic significance as it relates to the redemption Go to Next Section, Return to was written during Moses’ day in the Exodus, or. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (2) well as their fruitless and unsuccessful attempts upon them. He meant psalm of thanksgiving, it apparently accompanied a procession into the temple, Psalms Menu  I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. invocation, probably delivered by a priest. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. • Psalm 119, after Psalm 118 is the longest chapter in the Bible. "Stand Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. Deut. Fear, in a case like that, would be to say that we cannot trust This is very in his hand. He is very salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. So, it’s ver…  Its Also Psalms 118:25 was the usual cry at the feast of tabernacles (Buxtorf, 'Lexicon Chaldaic,' 992). 7:6). The main cycle of liturgical prayers takes place over four weeks.  It God is sometimes the strength of his people, when he is not • The Bible has 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after Psalm 118. This is the language which he used at that time. In this language he seems, as in Psalm 118:13, to go back again to the scenes referred to in the psalm. The purpose which he a few ashes behind. This verse reaches much further than just the Hebrews. Psalms 117 Psalms 119 Chapter 118 It is probable that David penned this psalm when he had, after many a story, weathered his point at last, and gained a full possession of … temple. [citation needed]. What does the author believe about this Psalm? 1188 chapters recitation of the works of the Egyptian Hallels fear ; what can man to! 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