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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 105:8

 

 

He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He hath remembered his covenant forever - That is, God has had it constantly in remembrance, or always. Compare the notes at Luke 1:72. Though the covenant was made long since; though many generations of people have passed by; though great changes have occurred; though many calamities have come upon the nations, yet his ancient covenant and promise have never been forgotten. All his promises have been fulfilled; all ever will be. The “covenant” here referred to is that which was made with Abraham, and through him with the Hebrew people.

The word which he commanded - The thing which he commanded; that is, all which he ordained and appointed.

To a thousand generations - Very many generations; or, any number of generations: that is, always. Compare Exodus 20:6. The experience of the people through all the generations of their history has shown that in what he has promised and directed he is unchanging.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-105.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He hath remembered his covenant for ever,.... Another argument of praise taken from the covenant of grace, in which he is our God, and of which he is ever mindful; he remembers his covenant ones, whom he perfectly knows, and never forgets them; he remembers his covenant promises to them, and allows them to put him in remembrance of them; he has respect unto his covenant, and the blessings of it, and bestows them on his people; gives them the sure mercies of David; and he remembers his love, which is the source and spring of all.

The word which he commanded to a thousand generations; that which is properly a covenant with Christ our head on our account, is a word of promise to us; a promise of grace and glory; a free promise, absolute and unconditional: and this he has "commanded", or ordered, decreed, and determined that it shall stand good, and be punctually performed, "to a thousand generations"; that is, for ever; for all his promises are yea and amen in Christ.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-105.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Remembered — So as to perform it.

The word — The promise.

Commanded — Established.

Thousand generations — To all generations.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-105.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8He hath remembered his covenant for ever The Psalmist now celebrates the effect and actual fulfillment of the covenant, and proves from the deliverance wrought for the Israelites what he had stated before, namely, That God, while he reigned alike over all nations, extended his peculiar favor to the offspring of Abraham alone. How comes it to pass that God, in delivering his people, displayed the might of his arm by so many miracles, if it was not that he might faithfully perform the promise which he had made to his servants in time past? It is evident, then, that the ancient covenant was the cause of the deliverance granted to the chosen tribes; for in order that God might faithfully keep his promises, it behooved him first to be merciful. As a long series of years had elapsed between the promise and the performance, the prophet uses the word remember, intimating that the Divine promises do not become obsolete by length of time, but that even when the world imagines that they are extinguished and wholly forgotten, God retains as distinct a remembrance of them as ever, that he may accomplish them in due season. This is more strongly confirmed in the next clause, where the correspondence between the form or tenor of the covenant and the accomplishment is celebrated. It is not for a day, he would say, or for a few days, that God has made a covenant with Abraham, nor has he limited the continuance of his covenant to the life of man, but he has promised to be the God of his seed even to a thousand generations. Although, therefore, the fulfillment was for a long time suspended, God nevertheless showed by the effect that his promise did not fail by length of time.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-105.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations.

Ver. 8. He hath remembered his covenant] 1 Chronicles 16:15 it is, "Be ye mindful always of his covenant." God ever remembereth, though we many times forget it, and ourselves.

The word which he commanded] The conditions of the covenant.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-105.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He hath remembered, practically, so as to perform it; as that word is frequently used in Scripture.

The word; the word of promise, or the covenant, as is explained both in the foregoing and following words. And so the word is taken Jude 13:12 Luke 1:38.

Commanded, i.e. established, or ordained, or appointed, as this word is oft taken, as Psalms 68:28 71:3 133:3 Isaiah 13:3 23:11. To a thousand generations; to all generations; a certain number being put for an uncertain. He seems to allude to that passage, Exodus 20:6.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-105.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8. Covenant—See Genesis 17; Genesis 22:16-18; Genesis 26:3-5; and Genesis 28:13-15. This was the foundation of their national, not less than their church, life and character, and of all the promises of God to them as a people. Compare Galatians 3:16-17.

Commanded—Established with authority, as Psalms 111:9. This habit of appealing to the perpetuity and validity of the ancient covenant, and later of the covenant with David, is a remarkable feature of the faith of the Hebrews. It was their firm anchorage in perils, and their lifeboat in the wreck of the nation during the Babylonian captivity. See Psalms 89:2-4; Psalms 89:18-37; Micah 7:20.

Thousand generations—Same as for ever in the first hemistich and Psalms 105:10.Deuteronomy 7:9. This “covenant” God had faithfully remembered, and the implied admonition to the people to remember it is at once delicate and forcible.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-105.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Known. Isaias lxiii. 12. He might justly (Worthington) have abandoned them to the Egyptians, Exodus xiv. 11.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-105.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

word = promise, as in Psalms 105:42.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-105.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) Commanded.—Better, appointed, or conferred.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-105.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
He hath remembered
42; 111:5,9; 1 Chronicles 16:15; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4; Luke 1:72-74
a thousand
Deuteronomy 7:9

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 105:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-105.html.

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