1 NotBecause God promised to deliver them, not for their sakes, but for his Name, (Isa_48:11), therefore they ground their prayer on this promise.unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, [and] for thy truth's sake.
2 Wherefore should the heathen say,When the wicked see that God does not always accomplish his promise as they imagined, they think there is no God.Where [is] now their God?
3 But our God [is] in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hathNo impediments can slow his work, but he uses even the impediments to serve his will.pleased.
4 Their idols [are]Seeing that neither the matter nor the form can commend their idols it follows that there is no reason that they should be esteemed.silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5 They haue a mouth and speake not: they haue eyes and see not.
6 They haue eares and heare not: they haue noses and smell not.
7 They haveHe shows what great vanity it is to ask help from them who not only have no help in them, but lack sense and reason.hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8 They that make them areAs much without sense as blocks and stones.like unto them; [so is] every one that trusteth in them.
9 O Israel, trust thou in the Lorde: for he is their helpe and their shielde.
10 For they were appointed by God as instructors and teachers of faith and religion for others to follow.O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he [is] their help and their shield.
11 Ye that feare the Lorde, trust in the Lord: for he is their helper and their shield.
12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless [us]; heThat is, he will continue his graces toward his people.will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will blesse them that feare the Lorde, both small and great.
14 The Lord will increase his graces towarde you, euen toward you and toward your children.
15 Ye [are] blessed of the LORD whichAnd therefore still governs and continues all things in it.made heaven and earth.
16 TheAnd they declare enough his sufficiency so that the world serves him nothing, but to show his fatherly care toward men.heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any thatThough the dead set forth God's glory, yet he means here, that they praise him not in his Church and congregation.go down into silence.
18 But we will prayse the Lorde from henceforth and for euer. Prayse ye the Lord.