Psalm 111

1 Praise ye Jehovah.
I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart,
In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

1 See Psalm cv. 45. A. 8267.
See Psalm civ. 35. R. 803.
See Psalm civ. 35. E. 1197.
1-4. Celebration and confession of the Lord, P. P.

2 The works of Jehovah are great,
Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honor and majesty;
And his righteousness endureth for ever.

2, 3. See Psalm viii. 6. R. 249.
By the works of Jehovah are understood all things which proceed from Him and are effected by Him. Because they have reference to Divine truth and good, it is said, ” His work is honorable and glorious.” E. 288.

4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:
Jehovah is gracious and merciful.

4 See Psalm ciii. 8. A. 598.
4, 5. See Psalm viii. 5. A. 9849.

5 He hath given food unto them that fear him:
He will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath showed his people the power of his works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

5-9. He redeemed men, and saves to eternity. P. P.
5, 9. See Psalm 1. 5, 16. E. 701.

7 The works of his hands are truth and justice;
All his precepts are sure.
8 They are established for ever and ever;
They are done in truth and uprightness.

7 All things which are done by the Lord are called the works of His hands which are His own, and in themselves goods and truths. R. 457.
Where works of the hands in the Word are attributed to Jehovah, that is to the Lord, they signify the reformed or regenerated man, likewise the church, and specifically the doctrine of truth and good pertaining to the church. E. 585

9 He hath sent redemption unto his people;
He hath commanded his covenant for ever:
Holy and reverend is his name.
10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all they that do his commandments:
His praise endureth for ever.

9 Meaning regeneration. It is called a covenant because it is given and received. A. 666.
The Word is the covenant itself which the Lord made with man, and man with the Lord, for the Lord descended as the Word, that is as Divine truth, therefore the Lord was called the covenant of the people. T. 730.
By redemption also the angels understand vindication from evils, and liberation from falsities.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)