Psalms 118:17-23

17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

Psalms 118:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
ESV
17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
NLT
17 I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the LORD has done.
MSG
17 I didn't die. I lived! And now I'm telling the world what God did.
CSB
17 I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done.

Psalms 118:17-23 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 118

Kimchi says their Rabbins are divided about this psalm. Some understand it of David; others of the Messiah: but, with us Christians, there ought to be no doubt of its belonging to the Messiah; since our Lord has quoted a passage out of it, and applied it to himself, Ps 118:22,23; see Mt 21:42; and so has the Apostle Peter, Ac 4:11. Nor did the Jews of those times object thereunto, which doubtless they would have done, had the psalm respected any other but the Messiah; yea, the common people that attended Christ when he entered into Jerusalem, and the children in the temple, took their "hosanna" from hence, Ps 118:26; see Mt 21:9,15. It is generally thought to be written by David, after he was established in the kingdom, and had brought the ark of the Lord into the city. It concludes the great "Hallel", or hymn sung at the Jewish festivals; particularly at the feasts of tabernacle and the passover.

Psalms 118:17-23 In-Context

15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
25 LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!

Cross References 13

  • 1. Psalms 6:5; Habakkuk 1:12
  • 2. Exodus 15:6; S Deuteronomy 32:3; Psalms 64:9; Psalms 71:16; Psalms 73:28
  • 3. Jeremiah 31:18; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:5
  • 4. Psalms 86:13; 2 Corinthians 6:9
  • 5. S Psalms 24:7; Isaiah 26:2
  • 6. Psalms 100:4
  • 7. Psalms 122:1-2
  • 8. Psalms 15:1-2; Psalms 24:3-4; Psalms 24:7; Isaiah 35:8; Revelation 22:14
  • 9. S ver 5; Psalms 116:1
  • 10. Psalms 27:1
  • 11. Isaiah 8:14
  • 12. Isaiah 17:10; Isaiah 19:13; Isaiah 28:16; Zechariah 4:7; Zechariah 10:4; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17*; S Acts 4:11*; 1 Peter 2:7*
  • 13. Matthew 21:42*; Mark 12:11*
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