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Psalm 145:16

16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Read Psalm 145:16 Using Other Translations

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

What does Psalm 145:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 145:16

Thou openest thine hand
Not of providence, but of grace, in which all things are, and from whence they come; and which the Lord opens liberally and bountifully, and gives out all things richly to enjoy; all things pertaining to life and godliness; grace here, with all the supplies of it, and glory hereafter: and satisfiest the desire of every living thing;
not of every savage creature; every lion, bear, wolf for then there would be no living in some parts of the world: nor of every carnal, lustful, worldly, and covetous man; who never say they have enough, or are ever satisfied: but of everyone that is made spiritually alive, quickened by the Spirit and grace of God; these desire spiritual things, spiritual food, more grace and more communion with God, and conformity to Christ; and these desires are before the Lord; and sooner or later they are satisfied, they have what they desire; especially this will be their case, when they awake in the divine likeness. The words may be rendered, "and satisfies every living one with that which is acceptable [with] favour" F9; with good will; with lovingkindness; which is better than life: so Naphtali is said to be "satisfied with favour", ( Deuteronomy 33:23 ) ; as all living saints are or will be.


F9 (Nwur) "re acceptabili", Gussetius, p. 803. "benedictione", V. L. "beneplacito", Piscator, Gejerus; "benevolentia", Cocceius.
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