The Meaning of Psalms 106:8 Explained

Psalms 106:8

KJV: Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

YLT: And He saveth them for His name's sake, To make known His might,

Darby: Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his might.

ASV: Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, That he might make his mighty power to be known.

What does Psalms 106:8 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalm 106:1-15 - Unfailing Loving-Kindness
Who can utter? That is an unanswered question. Not even the leader of the heavenly choir can answer it. But what blessedness it brings to the heart of one who begins to recite the goodness and loving-kindness of God! When prayer goes heavily, begin to praise.
The theme of this psalm is God's redeeming grace. It contains a gruesome catalogue of sin. We have sinned"¦ we have committed iniquity"¦ our fathers understood not"¦ they remembered not"¦ but provoked"¦ they soon forgat"¦ they waited not"¦ but lusted exceedingly"¦ and tempted God. But side by side were the divine love and mercy: "Nevertheless He saved them for His name's sake," Psalms 106:8. God is bound to keep His Covenant, even to the children's children. He must act worthily of Himself. "Truth" is another spelling of "troth." When God has pledged His troth, as He did to Abraham, and has also to us, He cannot fail.
Notice the pathetic prayer of Psalms 106:4. Though we are more or less implicated in the sins of those around us, we, as Christians, may claim special favor and help, in order to be placed in a stronger position when we come to intercede for others. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalm 106

1  The psalmist exhorts to praise God
4  He prays for pardon of sin, as God pardoned the fathers
7  The story of the people's rebellion, and God's mercy
47  He concludes with prayer and praise

What do the individual words in Psalms 106:8 mean?

And nevertheless He saved them for sake of His name that He might make known - His mighty power
וַֽ֭יּוֹשִׁיעֵם לְמַ֣עַן שְׁמ֑וֹ לְ֝הוֹדִ֗יעַ אֶת־ גְּבוּרָתֽוֹ

וַֽ֭יּוֹשִׁיעֵם  And  nevertheless  He  saved  them 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Hifil, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular, third person masculine plural
Root: יָשַׁע 
Sense: to save, be saved, be delivered.
לְמַ֣עַן  for  sake 
Parse: Preposition
Root: לְמַעַן 
Sense: purpose, intent prep.
שְׁמ֑וֹ  of  His  name 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: שֵׁם  
Sense: name.
לְ֝הוֹדִ֗יעַ  that  He  might  make  known 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Hifil, Infinitive construct
Root: דָּעָה 
Sense: to know.
אֶת־  - 
Parse: Direct object marker
Root: אֹות 
Sense: sign of the definite direct object, not translated in English but generally preceding and indicating the accusative.
גְּבוּרָתֽוֹ  His  mighty  power 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: גְּבוּרָה  
Sense: strength, might.