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Psalms 111:2

    Psalms 111:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The works of Jehovah are great, Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The works of the Lord are great, searched out by all those who have delight in them.

    Webster's Revision

    The works of Jehovah are great, Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh's works are great, pondered by all those who delight in them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 111:2

    The works of the Lord are great - גדלים gedolim, vast in magnitude; as רבים rabbim signifies their multitude and variety.

    Sought out - Investigated, carefully examined.

    Of all them that have pleasure therein - By all that delight in them: by every genuine philosopher; every lover of nature; he who traces out the great First Cause by means of his works. And the man that does so will be astonished at the perfections of the Creator, and admire all the operations of his hands.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 111:2

    The works of the Lord are great - They are great in number; great in magnitude; great in wisdom; great in goodness. This language was appropriate in the time of the psalmist, when people looked upon the heavens with the naked eye alone, and when they had very imperfect views of the real magnitude of the universe as it is now disclosed by the telescope. It is entirely appropriate now, and conveys a more solemn and sublime impression than it would in the time of the psalmist. It will still be appropriate under the larger views which may yet be obtained of the universe by more perfect instruments, by more accurate observation, and by more profound study. And it will be appropriate when people shall survey the greatness of the universe from the heights of heaven.

    Sought out of all them - Studied by all such.

    That have pleasure therein - More literally, "Sought to all their wishes." Perhaps the meaning is, that they would find all their desires gratified in those works; they would find in them all that they would wish to find respecting the power, wisdom, goodness, and majesty of God. Still it implies that they have a desire thus to study his works, or that they do find a pleasure in examining the proofs of the being and attributes of God in his works. A man who loves God will have real pleasure in studying his works as well as his word; and it is as proper to find pleasure in the one as in the other - as proper to wish to find the knowledge which the one imparts as that which the other bestows. One great error among the friends of God is the neglect to study his works. In doing this, people need not neglect or undervalue the Bible and the knowledge which it gives, for such studies would be among the best means of illustrating the Bible.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 111:2

    111:2 Sought - Diligently meditated upon.