The Psalms

Psalm 116

The psalmist professes his love and duty to God for his deliverance, 1-11. He gives diligence to be thankful, 12-19.

1 I love the LORD because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

2 Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live.

3 The sorrows of death encompassed me, and the pains of hell came upon me. I found trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I implore you, deliver my soul."

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous. Indeed, our God is merciful.

6 The LORD preserves the simple. I was brought low, and he helped me.

7 Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

10 I believed; therefore, I said, "I was greatly afflicted."

11 I said in my haste, "All men are liars."

12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

13 I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD.

14 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

16 O LORD, truly I am your servant. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid. You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the LORD.

18 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all his people,

19 In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 116


[v.10] - Quoted in 2nd Corinthians 4:13.