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Wesley's Notes on the Bible
1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
111:2 Sought - Diligently meditated upon.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
111:3 Work - Either all his works, or that eminent branch of those works, his providence towards his people. Righteousness - His justice or faithfulness in performing his word.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
111:4 Remembered - By their own nature, and the lasting benefits flowing from them, which are such as cannot easily be forgotten.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
111:5 Meat - All necessary provisions for their being and well - being.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
111:7 The works - All that he doth on the behalf of his people, or against their enemies. Truth - Are exactly agreeable to his promises, and to justice. Commandments - His laws given to the Israelites, especially the moral law. Sure - Constant and unchangeable.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
111:8 Done - Constituted or ordered.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
111:9 Redemption - The deliverance out of Egypt, which was a type of that higher redemption by Christ. Commanded - Appointed, or established firmly by his power and authority. For ever - Through all successive generations of his people to the end of the world. Reverend - Terrible to his enemies, venerable in his peoples eyes, and holy in all his dealings with all men.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
111:10 The fear - True religion. Beginning - Is the only foundation of, and introduction to, true wisdom.