The Psalms

Psalm 146

The psalmist vows perpetual praises to God, 1, 2. He exhorts not to trust in man, 3, 4. God, for his power, justice, mercy, and kingdom, is only worthy to be trusted, 5-10.

1 Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2 While I live I will praise the LORD. I will sing praises to my God while I have any being.

3 Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

4 His breath goes forth and he returns to the earth. In that very day his thoughts perish.

5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6 Who made heaven, earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps truth forever,

7 Who executes judgment for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD looses the prisoners.

8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD raises those who are bowed down. The LORD loves the righteous.

9 The LORD preserves the strangers. He relieves the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

10 The LORD will reign forever, even your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 146


[v.4] - "and he returns to the earth" - That is, to the earth from which he was formed (Genesis 2:7). This is the reason some translations, including the KJV, have, "and he returns to his earth."

[v.6] - Quoted in Acts 4:24.