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Psalms 116:1

    Psalms 116:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I love Jehovah, because he heareth My voice and my supplications.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have given my love to the Lord, because he has given ear to the voice of my cry and my prayer.

    Webster's Revision

    I love Jehovah, because he heareth My voice and my supplications.

    World English Bible

    I love Yahweh, because he listens to my voice, and my cries for mercy.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I LOVE the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 116:1

    I love the Lord because he hath heard - How vain and foolish is the talk, "To love God for his benefits to us is mercenary, and cannot be pure love!" Whether pure or impure, there is no other love that can flow from the heart of the creature to its Creator. We love him, said the holiest of Christ's disciples, because he first loved us; and the increase of our love and filial obedience is in proportion to the increased sense we have of our obligation to him. We love him for the benefits bestowed on us. Love begets love.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 116:1

    I love the Lord - The Hebrew rather means, "I love, because the Lord hath heard," etc. That is, the psalmist was conscious of love; he felt it glowing in his soul; his heart was full of that special joy, tenderness, kindness, peace, which love produces; and the source or reason of this, he says, was that the Lord had heard him in his prayers.

    Because he hath heard ... - That is, This fact was a reason for loving him. The psalmist does not say that this was the only reason, or the main reason for loving him, but that it was the reason for that special joy of love which he then felt in his soul. The main reason for loving God is his own excellency of nature; but still there are other reasons for doing it, and among them are the benefits which he has conferred on us, and which awaken the love of gratitude. Compare the notes at 1 John 4:19.