Psalm 138:4

4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD, when they hear what you have decreed.

Read Psalm 138:4 Using Other Translations

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth,
Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD, for all of them will hear your words.

What does Psalm 138:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord
Or "let [them] confess", or "praise thee" F19; a wish or prayer. Not only the kings known to David, as Kimchi limits it; or that lived in his days, as Hiram and others; but in the latter day, when they shall come to Zion, the church, and be nursing fathers to it, and shall serve and worship the King Messiah, ( Isaiah 49:23 ) ( Isaiah 60:3 Isaiah 60:11 Isaiah 60:16 ) ( Psalms 72:10 Psalms 72:11 ) ;

when they hear the words of thy mouth;
either the promises of it fulfilled not only with respect to David; but the Messiah, and his church and people, in the latter day, even the glorious things spoken thereof: or the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the words of his mouth, and more desirable than thousands of gold and silver; and which, when kings shall hear so as to understand, they will praise the Lord for them; see ( Isaiah 52:15 ) . The Targum is,

``the words of thy praise.''


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (Kwdwy) "confiteantur tibi", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus.
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