Psalms 76:11

11 1Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him 2bring gifts to him who 3is to be feared,

Psalms 76:11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 76:11

Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God
Not monastic vows, which the Papists would infer from these and such like words; nor ceremonial ones, but spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, such as men sometimes make in times of distress, or when delivered, ( Psalms 66:13 Psalms 66:14 ) ( Jonah 1:16 ) and which when vowed ought to be paid, ( Ecclesiastes 5:4 Ecclesiastes 5:5 ) , not to creatures, angels, or saints, but to God, from whom the mercy desired must be expected, and from whence it comes, ( Psalms 50:14 ) , these words are an address to such who were delivered from wrath, either of God or man:

let all that be round about him;
who surround the throne of his grace, gather together in his house to attend his word and ordinances, who are his servants, and constantly and faithfully adhere to him; among whom he grants his presence, they are near to him, and he to them. It is a periphrasis of the assembly of the saints; see ( Psalms 89:7 ) . The Targum is,

``all ye that dwell round about his sanctuary;''

the allusion is to the situation of the camp of Israel, and the tabernacle in the wilderness, ( Numbers 2:1 ) compare with this ( Revelation 4:4 ) ,

bring presents unto him that ought to be feared,
or "to the fear" F6, which is one of the names of God; see ( Genesis 31:42 ) and who is and ought to be the object of the fear and reverence of men; the "presents", to be brought to him are the sacrifices of prayer and praise, yea, the whole persons, the souls and bodies, of men; see ( Psalms 72:10 ) , compare with this ( 2 Chronicles 32:22 2 Chronicles 32:23 ) . The Targum is,

``let them bring offerings into the house of the sanctuary of the terrible One;''

of him that is to be feared, with a godly fear by good men, and to be dreaded by evil men, as follows.


F6 (arwml) "ad verb terrori, timori", Vatsblus; "numini", De Dieu, "venerando et timendo huic numini", Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 76:11 In-Context

9 when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
11 Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared,
12 who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.

Cross References 3

  • 1. See Psalms 50:14
  • 2. See Psalms 68:29
  • 3. Psalms 89:7; Genesis 31:42, 53; Isaiah 8:13
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