Psalms 118:19-29

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!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.[a]
27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up[b] to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalms 118:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
ESV
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
NLT
19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD .
MSG
19 Swing wide the city gates - the righteous gates! I'll walk right through and thank God!
CSB
19 Open the gates of righteousness for me; I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Psalms 118:19-29 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 118:19-29 In-Context

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!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.
27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Cross References 19

  • 1. S Psalms 24:7; Isaiah 26:2
  • 2. Psalms 100:4
  • 3. Psalms 122:1-2
  • 4. Psalms 15:1-2; Psalms 24:3-4; Psalms 24:7; Isaiah 35:8; Revelation 22:14
  • 5. S ver 5; Psalms 116:1
  • 6. Psalms 27:1
  • 7. Isaiah 8:14
  • 8. 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*
  • 9. Matthew 21:42*; Mark 12:11*
  • 10. S Psalms 70:4
  • 11. S Psalms 28:9; Psalms 116:4
  • 12. S Matthew 11:3; Matthew 21:9*; Matthew 23:39*; Mark 11:9*; Luke 13:35*; Luke 19:38*; John 12:13*
  • 13. Psalms 129:8
  • 14. S 1 Kings 18:21
  • 15. Psalms 27:1; Isaiah 58:10; Isaiah 60:1,19,20; Malachi 4:2; 1 Peter 2:9
  • 16. S Leviticus 23:40
  • 17. Exodus 27:2
  • 18. S Genesis 28:21; S Psalms 16:2; Psalms 63:1; Isaiah 25:1
  • 19. S Exodus 15:2

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The Hebrew is plural.
  • [b]. Or "Bind the festal sacrifice with ropes" / "and take it"
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