The Meaning of Psalms 9:11 Explained

Psalms 9:11

KJV: Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

YLT: Sing ye praise to Jehovah, inhabiting Zion, Declare ye among the peoples His acts,

Darby: Sing psalms to Jehovah who dwelleth in Zion; tell among the peoples his doings.

ASV: Sing praises to Jehovah, who dwelleth in Zion: Declare among the people his doings.

What does Psalms 9:11 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalm 9:1-20 - Confidence In The Righteous Judge
The Chaldee version adds to the inscription, "concerning the death of the champion who went out between the camps," referring to the death of Goliath. This is the first of the Acrostic or Alphabetical Psalms, of which there are nine: Psalms 9:1-20; Psalms 10:1-18; Psalms 25:1-22; Psalms 34:1-22; Psalms 37:1-40; Psalms 111:1-10; Psalms 112:1-10; Psalms 119:1-176; Psalms 145:1-21.
There is a predominant note of praise, Psalms 9:1-5; Psalms 9:11-12; Psalms 9:14. Let memory heap fuel on the altar of praise. In the resurrection of our Lord, God indeed rebuked our arch-enemy, and his strongholds are now wastes, Zechariah 3:1-2; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Colossians 2:15. But there is a corresponding note of trust, Psalms 9:7-12. Calamity drives us to God. The more we know the more we trust Him. Doubt is born of ignorance. Leave God to vindicate; He will not forget, Psalms 9:12. There is a petition for further help, Psalms 9:13; Psalms 9:19-20. We have been at the gates of death, Psalms 9:13; here are the gates of the Holy City, Psalms 9:14. Compare Psalms 9:15 and Esther 7:10. God does not forget; forget Him not, Psalms 9:12; Psalms 17:1-15. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalm 9

1  David praises God for executing judgment
11  He incites others to praise him
13  He prays that he may have cause to praise him

What do the individual words in Psalms 9:11 mean?

Sing praises to Yahweh who dwells in Zion Declare among the people His deeds
זַמְּר֗וּ לַ֭יהוָה יֹשֵׁ֣ב צִיּ֑וֹן הַגִּ֥ידוּ בָ֝עַמִּ֗ים עֲלִֽילוֹתָֽיו

זַמְּר֗וּ  Sing  praises 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: זָמַר  
Sense: to sing, sing praise, make music.
לַ֭יהוָה  to  Yahweh 
Parse: Preposition-l, Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יהוה 
Sense: the proper name of the one true God.
יֹשֵׁ֣ב  who  dwells  in 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine singular
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
צִיּ֑וֹן  Zion 
Parse: Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: צִיּׄון  
Sense: another name for Jerusalem especially in the prophetic books.
הַגִּ֥ידוּ  Declare 
Parse: Verb, Hifil, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: נָגַד  
Sense: to be conspicuous, tell, make known.
בָ֝עַמִּ֗ים  among  the  people 
Parse: Preposition-b, Article, Noun, masculine plural
Root: עַם 
Sense: nation, people.
עֲלִֽילוֹתָֽיו  His  deeds 
Parse: Noun, feminine plural construct, third person masculine singular
Root: עֲלִילָה  
Sense: wantonness, deed, doing.