Psalms 111:1

1 [a]Praise the LORD.[b]I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Psalms 111:1 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 Praise the LORD ! I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.
The Message Bible (MSG)
1 Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I've got - Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
American Standard Version (ASV)
1 Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
1 Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company of decent people and in the congregation.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
1 Hallelujah! I will praise the Lord with all my heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 Praise the Lord. I will praise the LORD with all my heart. I will praise him where honest people gather for worship.

Psalms 111:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 111:1

Praise ye the Lord
Or "hallelujah"; this is the title of the psalm, and is expressive of the subject matter of it; and so it stands in the Targum, Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions; as it should, as appears from the psalm being alphabetical; for the first letter of this word is the fifth and not the first of the alphabet; it is wanting in the Syriac version, which gives the title in this manner, without a name, concerning the glorious virtues of

``the works of God; but it exhorts us to give thanks to Christ; and it is said in the person of the apostles.''

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart;
the psalmist excites to praise God by his own example; the object of his praise is Jehovah, the self-existent Being, the Being of beings, the author of his Being, and in whom all men live and move, and have their being; the God of their mercies, temporal and spiritual, and therefore should praise him, even Jehovah, Father, Son, and Spirit; especially Jehovah the Messiah may be here intended, whose work of redemption is particularly attended to: the manner in which he determines to perform this service is, "with his whole heart": which ought to be engaged in every religious exercise, even the whole of it, all the powers and faculties of the soul, without being divided between other objects, and distracted or drawn off from the Lord by them; the phrase is not expressive of perfection, which is not to be expected in any duty, but of sincerity and cordial affection. The place where follows,

in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation:
which may signify one and the same; even the place where upright persons assemble and gather together for divine worship, the tabernacle in David's time, and the temple afterwards; and may point at any place of worship in Gospel times, and the people that meet there; who being for the most part upright persons, or in a judgment of charity so accounted, though every individual among them may not be such, are thus called; and that because they have the uprightness, righteousness, and holiness of Christ imputed to them; and have right spirits renewed in them, and so are upright in heart; and, in consequence of this, walk uprightly according to the rules of the Gospel. It may be rendered, as it is by the Targum,

``in the secret F5 of the upright, and the congregation;''

because here the secret of the Lord is made known to his people; the mysteries of his grace are revealed; and his ordinances, which are his counsel, are administered: or it may design some particular friends and acquaintance of the psalmist's, who privately met and took sweet counsel together, and communicated their secrets to one another, as the other word "congregation" may intend the public assembly of the people; and then the sense is, that he would sincerely praise the Lord both in private and public, and that because of his works; as follows.


F5 (dwob) "in secreto", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 111:1 In-Context

1 Praise the LORD.I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 34:1; Psalms 109:30; Psalms 115:18; Psalms 145:10
  • 2. S Psalms 9:1
  • 3. Psalms 89:7
  • 4. S Psalms 1:5

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • [b]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah"
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