For the [music] director. A song. A psalm.

Thanksgiving to God for His Works

1 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth.

References for Psalms 66:1

    • a 66:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 Sing the glory of his name. {Set forth his glorious praise}.

      References for Psalms 66:2

        • b 66:2 - Literally "set for glory--his praise"
          3 Say to God, "How awesome are your works! Because of the greatness of your strength, your enemies will cringe before you.
          4 All the earth will bow in worship to you, and sing [praise] to you. They will sing [the praise of] your name." Selah
          5 Come and {consider} the works of God; [he is] awesome [in his] dealings with the children of humankind.

          References for Psalms 66:5

            • c 66:5 - Literally "see"
            • d 66:5 - Hebrew "dealing"
              6 He turned [the] sea into dry ground; they passed through the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him.
              7 [He] rules by his might forever; his eyes keep watch on the nations. Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

              References for Psalms 66:7

                • e 66:7 - According to the reading tradition (Qere)
                  8 Bless our God, O peoples, and cause the sound of his praise to be heard,
                  9 the one who has kept our soul among the living, and has not allowed our foot to slip.
                  10 For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried.
                  11 You brought us into the net; you placed a {heavy burden} on our backs.

                  References for Psalms 66:11

                    • f 66:11 - Literally "oppression"
                      12 You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance.

                      References for Psalms 66:12

                        • g 66:12 - Hebrew "man"
                        • h 66:12 - A slightly different Hebrew word yields "a broad place"
                          13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings. I will pay to you my vows

                          References for Psalms 66:13

                              14 that my lips uttered, and my mouth spoke in my distress.
                              15 Burnt offerings of fat animals I will offer to you, with [the] smoke of rams. I will do cattle with rams. Selah

                              References for Psalms 66:15

                                • j 66:15 - That is, "offer"
                                  16 Come [and] hear, all you God-fearers, and I will tell what he has done for me.

                                  References for Psalms 66:16

                                    • k 66:16 - Hebrew "my soul"
                                      17 I called to him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

                                      References for Psalms 66:17

                                        • l 66:17 - A slightly different Hebrew word yields "his exaltation was under my tongue"
                                          18 If I had considered evil in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
                                          19 However, God has listened; he has attended to the sound of my prayer.
                                          20 Blessed be God, who has not turned aside my prayer, or his loyal love from me.