Psalms 136:1-5

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

Psalms 136:1-5 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 136

This psalm was very probably composed by David, and given to the Levites to sing every day, 1Ch 16:41. Solomon his son followed his example, and made use of them in singing at the dedication of the temple, 2Ch 7:3,6; as Jehoshaphat seems to have done when he went out to war against his enemies, 2Ch 20:21. The subject of it is much the same with the preceding psalm; its composition is very singular; the half of every verse: in it is, "for his mercy endureth for ever"; this is the burden of the song; and the design of it is to show, that all blessings of every kind flow from the grace, goodness, and mercy of God, which is constant and perpetual; and to impress a sense of it upon the minds of men: the inscription of the Syriac version is,

``it is said of Moses and Israel praising the Lord for those who were delivered; and concerning the deliverance of souls out of hell from Pharaoh, the devil, by Christ our Saviour, the Redeemer of them.''

R. Obadiah says it is an exhortation to the children of God in the days of the Messiah to praise the Lord.

Psalms 136:1-5 In-Context

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights— His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

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Cross References 10

  • 1. Psalms 105:1
  • 2. Psalms 100:5; Psalms 106:1; Psalms 145:9; Jeremiah 33:11; Nahum 1:7
  • 3. ver 2-26; S 2 Chronicles 5:13; S Ezra 3:11; Psalms 118:1-4; 1 Chronicles 16:34; 2 Chronicles 20:21
  • 4. Psalms 105:1
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 10:17
  • 6. Psalms 105:1
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 10:17; S 1 Timothy 6:15
  • 8. S Exodus 3:20; S Job 9:10; Psalms 72:18
  • 9. Proverbs 3:19; Jeremiah 51:15
  • 10. S Genesis 1:1
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