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2018 August 29
Psalm 116

Lord Byron on His Death-Bed (c. 1826)
Joseph-Denis Odevaere (1775-1830)
Neoclassical Style
Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts the fate which the Psalmist, at one point in his life, expected -- a premature death. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 116, the Psalmist expresses his love to the LORD for hearing him and delivering him from death, promising, therefore, to serve the LORD.
     The Psalmist says that he loves the LORD because he heard his earnest prayers; so he will call upon him as long as he lives (1-2).
     The sorrows of death and the pains of hell came upon him in his trouble and sorrow (3).
     It was then that he begged the LORD to deliver his soul; and the gracious and merciful LORD preserved him, though he was brought low (4-5).
     He therefore tells his soul to return to its rest, because the LORD has dealt bountifully with him, has delivered him from death, from tears, and from falling. He will therefore walk (unfallen) with the LORD in the land of the living (6-9).
     He had hastily said that all men were liars (10-11).
     But because the LORD delivered him he will take the cup of salvation, he will call on the name of the LORD, and he will publicly pay his vows to the LORD (12-14).
     He notes that the death of the LORD's saints is precious in his sight (15).
     He acknowledges that he is the LORD's servant and the son of the LORD's handmaid. The LORD has released him from bondage (16).
     He will, therefore, offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the LORD (17).
     He will publicly pay his vows in the LORD's house in the midst of Jerusalem. He closes with the words, "Praise the LORD" (18-19).

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 116: Hallel Psalms: The Egyptian Hallel -- Psalms 113-118: Psalm 113. Psalm 114. Psalm 115. Psalm 116. Psalm 117. Psalm 118. The Great Hallel [Group of Psalms] -- Psalms 118-136: Psalm 118. Psalm 119. Psalm 120. Psalm 121. Psalm 122. Psalm 123. Psalm 124. Psalm 125. Psalm 126. Psalm 127. Psalm 128. Psalm 129. Psalm 130. Psalm 131. Psalm 132. Psalm 133. Psalm 134. Psalm 135. Psalm 136. The Great Hallel [Single Psalm] -- Psalm 136. An Individual Hallel -- Psalm 145. The Concluding Hallel -- Psalms 146-150: Psalm 146. Psalm 147. Psalm 148. Psalm 149. Psalm 150. ]
[1] Jeremiah 5:31; Amos 4:5; Psalm 27:4-6.
[2] 2 Kings 20:19; Psalm 56:10; Psalm 102:3.
[3] Psalm 18:5-6.
[6] Psalm 30:2.
[8] Psalm 56:13.
[10-11] 2 Corinthians 4:13; Job 40:23; Isaiah 58:11.
[13] Numbers 29:19; Matthew 26:27; Psalm 16:5.
[15] Psalm 72:14; Psalm 115:17.
[16] Psalm 86:16.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: Psalm 116 - #1. Psalm 116 - #2. Psalm 116 - #3. Psalm 116 - #4. Psalm 116 - #5. Psalm 116 - #6. Psalm 116 - #7. The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 116
I praise the LORD for deliverance and will pay my vows to him.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 I love the LORD,
because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me,
therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The sorrows of death compassed me,
and the pains of hell gat hold upon me:
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD;
O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5 Gracious is the LORD,
and righteous;
yea, our God is merciful.
6 The LORD preserveth the simple:
I was bought low,
and he helped me.

7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul;
for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
mine eyes from tears,
and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
10 I believed,
therefore have I spoken:
I was greatly afflicted:
11 I said in my haste,
All men are liars.

12 What shall I render unto the LORD
for all his benefits toward me?
13 I will take the cup of salvation,
and call upon the name of the LORD.
14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD
now in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.
16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant;
I am thy servant,
and the son of thine handmaid:
thou hast loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call upon the name of the LORD.
18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD
now in the presence of all his people,
19 In the courts of the LORD'S house,
in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.
Praise ye the LORD.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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