I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. 118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast … This is literally, "The Lord" - (not יהוה Yahweh here, but יה Yâhh) "answered me in a large place." Many of us can join with the Psalmist in the declarations of this verse; deep was our distress on account of sin, and we were shut up as in a prison under the law, but in answer to the prayer of faith we obtained the liberty of full justification wherewith Christ makes men free, and we are free indeed. Psalm 118:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 118:7, NIV: "The LORD is with me; he is my helper.I look in triumph on my enemies." of Jehovah is with me: ­I will not fear what man may do unto me. Psalms 118:5. - Psalm 118:24. Psalm 118:5, ESV: "Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free." Leave a comment. A Commentary on Psalm 118:5–6. The LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. Psalm 118:5-9. Let those who fear Hashem declare, “His steadfast love is eternal.” ד יֹאמְרוּ־נָא יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ׃ Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, The answer in season -- "The Lord answered me.". He passed out of the defile of distress into the well watered plain of delight. My prayer for you, and for them, is that they may know the comfort of God's presence. The call is confirmed from the might of the mercy or loving-kindness of Jahve, which proves itself mighty over Israel, i.e., by its intensity and fulness superabundantly covering (גּבר as in Psalm 103:11; cf. 5. And so he did the Messiah, when he raised him from the dead, received him to heaven, where he sits at the right of God in human nature: this is a large place indeed, large enough for the innumerable company of angels, and for all the saints, for whom everlasting habitations and mansions of bliss are preparing by him; and which is the glories liberty of the children of God; see Psalm 18:19; and these also, upon calling on the Lord in distress, are heard and answered, and brought into large places, where they walk at liberty; so at first conversion, when distressed about their souls, and cry for help, they are answered and brought out of the pit, and have their feet set upon a rock and their goings established; and when at other times their grace is drawn forth into exercise, their souls are enlarged in duty, are favoured with large views of the love of God, with an increase of spiritual light, knowledge, peace, and joy; and are delivered from their troubles, and out of the hands of their enemies. Perhaps Psalms 118:5 , which says, I called upon the LORD in distress (literally, out of the narrow gorge), and the LORD answered me on the open plain -- which describes the deliverance of Israel from their captivity, -- may have been sung as they defiled from a narrow ravine into the plain; and when they arrived at the gate of the temple, then they broke forth in full chorus into the words, "Open to me the gates of righteousness" (Ps 118:19). It is sweet to recollect our prayers, and often profitable to tell others of them after they are heard. He wrote (cited by C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David [Baker], 5:337), This is my psalm, my chosen psalm. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. See Psalm 4:1, note; Psalm 18:19, note. A dear friend reminded me of Psalm 118:6-7 this morning. The Lord Is on My Side. ASV. "And set me in a large place" (Psalms 118:5). In singing this psalm we must glorify God for his goodness, his goodness to us, and especially his goodness to us in Jesus Christ. Salem Media Group. On an emotional level, Egypt symbolizes the agonizing straits that constrict us. Psalm 118:4 "Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy [endureth] for ever." 10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. כּל־גּוים are, as in Psalm 72:11, Psalm 72:17, all peoples without distinction, and כּל־האמּים all nations without exception. As this may respect the Messiah, it may design his distresses in the garden, when surrounded with sorrow, and being in an agony prayed the more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood; and … Psalm 118 is recited towards the end of the Pesach seder, and uses a word that is central to the themes of Pesach: ‘Maytzar’ (מצר), meaning ‘straits’ or ‘distress.’ This word is closely related to the Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim (מצרים). the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place; as he did David, when he delivered him from all his troubles, placed him on the throne of Israel, and gave him rest from all his enemies round about; see Psalm 31:8. I love them all; I love all holy Scripture, which is my consolation and my life. The answer beyond the request -- "And set me," etc. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. (r) "in latitudine", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Munster, Musculus, Cocceius, Michaelis. As I was reading Psalm 118, I realized verse 5 needed added on with verses 6-7. Calvin's Commentary on the Bible. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. Gordon Churchyard. Dr. 7. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. I called upon the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me, and set me in an ample place. The answer was appropriate to the prayer, for he brought him out of his narrow and confined condition into a place of liberty where he could walk at large, free from obstruction and oppression. In God's case hearing means answering, hence the translators rightly put, "The Lord answered me," though the original word is "heard." The Old Testament Hebrew is acquainted only with אמּות as an appellation of Ismaelitish of Midianitish tribes. Psalm 118:5-6 In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. Psalm 118:5, KJV: "I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place." But often, with some of these most popular verses, they can become so familiar to us that we may even miss the deeper meaning and context under which they are written. What does this verse really mean? Psalm 118 rings out as a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving and praise, from beginning to end. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 118. www.easyenglish.bible. The true deep meaning please. See Ephesians 3:20 . And thus, the psalm ends as it began (a repetition of 118:1). Saving him from his enemies, when compassed about with them. Words in boxes are from the Bible. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. And set me in a large place - I was before pressed on every side; sorrows compassed me around; I could not move; I had no liberty. His Steadfast Love Endures Forever. "I will not fear what man can do unto me" (Psalms 118:6). "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." "Therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me" (Psalms 118:7). 16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. Psalm 118:1-4 the faithful are called upon to magnify the everlasting mercy of the Lord; Psalm 118:5-18 the Psalmist gives forth a narrative of his experience, and an expression of his faith; Psalm 118:19-21 he asks admittance into the house of the … 12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. I called upon the Lord in distress — As if he had said, You may see an example of the divine mercy in me, who was in grievous straits and dangers, but, imploring God’s protection and help, he answered me, and set me in a large place — He not only delivered me, but placed me in a secure condition, free from all such molestation. Psalm 18:6. ὑπερεπερίσσευσε, Romans 5:20, ὑπερεπλεόνασε, 1 Timothy 1:14) human sin and infirmity; and from His truth, by virtue of which history on into eternity ends in a verifying of His promises. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. AMP. Psalm 118 was Martin Luther’s favorite psalm. I called on the LORD in … The palace of the king of Israel would indeed qualify for such a designation. Many of us may have heard this verse over long years. (b) We are here taught that the more that troubles oppress us, the more ought we to be instant in prayer. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The Lord answered me - That is, he heard my prayers, and delivered me. Jehovah is with me among those who help me, and I shall see my desire upon mine enemies. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Verses 1-4 call all of God’s people to give thanks for His goodness and steadfast love; in verse 5, the psalmist begins to recount his own personal experience of this goodness and steadfast love. Thou must learn to call, and not to sit there by thyself, and lie on the bench, hang and shake thy head, and bite and devour thyself with thy thoughts; but come on, thou indolent knave, down upon thy knees, up with thy hands and eyes to heaven, take a Psalm or a prayer, and set forth thy distress with tears before God. Psalm 118:5 Translation & Meaning. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Even this shortest Psalm has its peculiarities in point of language. The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. Psalm 118:5-7. It is better to hope in Jehovah than to confide in man: 9. אמּים (Aramaic אמיּא, Arabic umam) is otherwise alien to Old Testament Hebrew. 7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. In the world you will have tribulation. I called upon the Lord in distress Or "out of that strait" F17; when David was encompassed by Saul and his men, or when at the court of Achish, or when his own people talked of stoning him. Psalm 118 does not name an author in its title, but there is reason to believe it was King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel. John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. All things are ours, all times are ours, all places are ours, for God himself is ours; we have earth to lodge in and heaven to dwell in, -- what larger place can be imagined? out of the straitness I cried to Jah; answered me, with freedom, Jah. Some read the original "a narrow gorge"; and therefore it was the more joy to him when he could say "The Lord answered me, and set me in a large place." Or it may be rendered, "the Lord answered me largely" (r); as he did Solomon, when he gave him more than he asked for; and as he does his people, when he gives them a sufficiency, and an abundance of his grace, and even not only above their deserts, but above their thoughts and expectations; see Ephesians 3:20. See the notes at Psalm 18:6. 6. I called upon the LORD in distress, or, "out of anguish I invoked Jah." 8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Nothing was left him but prayer, his agony was too great for aught beside; but having the heart and the privilege to pray he possessed all things. 13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me. (q) "ex ipso angore", Junius & Tremellius; "ex illa angustia", Michaelis. Christopher Wordsworth. 118:5 In distress I called on Hashem. Psalm 118 is the 118th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:5 in all English translations. AMPC. Psalm 118:5–6 – Verse Meaning – The Lord Is on My Side. Martin Luther. greater is he that is for me than all those that are against me. KJ21. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Study This. It was the Lord who did it, and unto his name we ascribe all the glory; we had no merits, no strength, no wisdom, all we could do was to call upon him, and even that was his gift; but the mercy which is to eternity came to our rescue, we were brought out of bondage, and we were made to delight ourselves in the length and breadth of a boundless inheritance. Perhaps Psalms 118:5, which says, I called upon the LORD in distress (literally, out of the narrow gorge), and the LORD answered me on the open plain -- which describes the deliverance of Israel from their captivity, -- may have been sung as they defiled from a narrow ravine into the plain; and when they arrived at the gate of the temple, then they broke forth in full chorus into the words, "Open to me the gates of … Psalm 118:7, KJV: "The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me." — Man, The Lord answered me, and set me in a large place, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. It is said, I called upon the LORD. Psalm 118 is the last of six “Egyptian Hallel” psalms (Ps 113-118) that are framed by the twin Psalm 111-112 and 119. Proud member Psalm 118 had a very important role during the Feast of Tabernacles and the Passover Feast. Maybe it's been that way for you or those you love. Verse 5. But this psalm is nearest my heart, and I have a peculiar right to call it mine. Verse 5. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. This verse is … Let Israel now say. Ezra 3:10-11 suggests that Psalm 118 was sung at the founding of the second temple, and when they sang it, they attributed it to David (“according to the ordinance of … Out of my distress I called upon Jehovah: Jehovah answered me and set me in a large place. Psalm 118:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 118:5, NIV: "When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place." (19-29) Commentary on Psalm 118:1-18 (Read Psalm 118:1-18). Psalm 118:7, ESV: "The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me." Verse 5. 11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. David indeed lived to see the death of King Saul, and the fierce … The author of Hebrews quoted this making it applicable to Christians in Hebrews 13:6. answered me, and set me in a large place —, The Lord answered me with enlargement. He says, "Jah heard me in a wide place," for God is never shut up, or straitened. Prayers which come out of distress generally come out of the heart, and therefore they go to the heart of God. 6 Jehovah is with me among those who help me Confiding solely in God’s help, he sets at defiance not a few enemies merely, but the whole world. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Psalm 118 opens with the speaker calling on the congregation to join him in thanking God (v1–4). “The Psalm was an intimation to Israel that the grace and mercy of their God were not to be confined to one nation, but would in happier days be extended to all the race of man.” (Spurgeon) iii. Now he gave me space and freedom on every side, so that I could move without obstruction or pain. Complete Concise Chapter Contents. He worshipped he praised, he prayed: for all this is included in calling upon God, even when he was in a straitened condition. It is good to trust in the Lord. There having been given many instances of the divine goodness, in hearing and delivering the psalmist when in distress. What a large place is that in which the great God has placed us! All rights reserved. Psalm 118 is recited towards the end of the Pesach seder, and uses a word that is central to the themes of Pesach: ‘Maytzar’ (מצר), meaning ‘straits’ or ‘distress.’This word is closely related to the Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim (מצרים). Mercy and truth are the two divine powers which shall one day be perfectly developed and displayed in Israel, and going forth from Israel, shall conquer the world. 'O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.' Psalm 118:29 "O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever." We need all Israel, the whole house of Aaron, and all them that fear the Lord, to assist us in the expression of our gratitude; and when they have aided us to the utmost, and we ourselves have done our best, all will fall short of the praises that are due to our gracious Lord. The beginning of the year has been a trying time for people I care about. Psalms 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. John Gill. “Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,” … Out of my distress I called on the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me free. Psalms 118:5-9 KJV. On an emotional level, Egypt … Psa 118:1-18 It appears here, as often as elsewhere, that David had his heart full of the goodness of God. 8. Verse 5. The Lord is on my side —. 3 These psalms were used in connection with the three great Old Testament religious festivals. that his loving kindness endures forever. What can man do unto me? What can man do to me? 18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. The man of God had called upon the Lord when he was not in distress, and therefore he found it natural and easy to call upon him when he was in distress. I called upon God in my distress, and God heard me, by setting me at large. Prayer may be bitter in the offering, but it will be sweet in the answering. Psalm 118:5. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. — Psalm 118:5-6. Psalm 118. 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