147: Psalms 118:17-18


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 147

The Messiah shall be resurrected from the dead.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 118:17-18 I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 24:1-8 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” And they remembered His words.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.


The certainty of Psalm 118 as Messianic, is a settled matter. One of the most famous portions of these prophetic scriptures is found in verses 22-26.

Psalms 118:22-26 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

Verses 17-18 describe the Messiah, having power over death, though the Lord will chasten Him severely:

“I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.”

This leaves no doubt that this 147th prophecy is describing the resurrection of the Messiah, who will come on one specific day: This is the day the Lord has made, to offer His life for the sins of the world (Prophecy 149).

Psalm 118 was likely the final song that Jesus sang during the Last Supper. It was the Psalm recited during His entrance into Jerusalem on the 10th day of Nissan, four days before He became the Passover Lamb. There is a great probability that this 118th Psalm will be sung at Jesus’ second appearance on earth, at the end of the seven-year Tribulation. Many Bible scholars believe that by the way in which this Psalm was constructed, it was composed specifically for the laying of the foundation stone of the temple.

Psalms 118 verses 17-18 describe a personal statement: Although I shall be severely chastened: as in Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion for the worlds’s sin, He states that He shall live again.

It is well established in many of the Old Testament prophecies that concern the Messiah, that He will be killed and then rise again the third day.

The Old Testament predicts eleven times—the Messiah will be raised from the dead.

Prophecy 64 Psalm 2:7-8
Prophecy 69 Psalm 16:9-11
Prophecy 85 Psalm 22:22
Prophecy 91 Psalm 30:3
Prophecy 100 Psalm 40:2-5
Prophecy 109 Psalm 49:15
Prophecy 147 Psalm 117:17-18
Prophecy 190 Isaiah 26:17-20
Prophecy 260 Isaiah 53:10
Prophecy 272 Isaiah 53:3
Prophecy 293 Jeremiah 30:9

The subject of the Messiah’s resurrection is the most important subject of all those which concern the Messiah. I have devoted a special chapter of about 35 pages to Jesus Resurrection, in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament which describe this event.

See the chapter The Resurrection of Jesus, for more information.

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