Psalms 20:3

3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.[a]

Psalms 20:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings. Interlude
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 Exclaim over your offerings, Celebrate your sacrifices,
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 Remember all thy offerings, And accept thy burnt-sacrifice; [Selah
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 He will remember all your grain offerings and look with favor on your burnt offerings. Selah
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 May He remember all your offerings and accept your burnt offering. Selah
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 May he remember all of your sacrifices. May he accept your burnt offerings. "Selah"

Psalms 20:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 20:3

Remember all thy offerings
The spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise which Christ, as the great High Priest, offers up for his people; or which they offer by him, and are acceptable to God through him, by virtue of the incense of his mediation; or the offering up of himself, which answers to, and is the body, the sum and substance, of all the offerings of the law; they were types of this, and what they could not do this did; and therefore it is expressed in the singular number in the next clause;

and accept thy burnt sacrifice.
The word rendered "accept" signifies to "reduce to ashes" F15; and the way in which it was known that sacrifices were acceptable to God was by fire coming down from heaven upon them and consuming them, ( Leviticus 9:24 ) ( 1 Chronicles 21:26 ) ( 2 Chronicles 7:1 ) ( 1 Kings 18:38 ) ; and therefore the word is rightly rendered "accept"; and Christ's sacrifice of himself, putting away sin, and perfecting for ever them that are sanctified, is of a sweet smelling savour to God; for hereby his justice is satisfied, his law is magnified and made honourable, the sins of his people are atoned for, their persons are accepted, and their sacrifices of prayer and praise come up also with acceptance to him through the virtue of this sacrifice; and so these petitions have their accomplishment.

Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).


F15 (hnvdy) "incineret", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius; "in cinerem vertat", Vatablus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Ainsworth.

Psalms 20:3 In-Context

1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Acts 10:4
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 33:11; Psalms 51:19

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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