One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing gratitude or thanksgiving.
Psalm 115 (part of Psalm 113 in the Vulgate), which in the King James Bible begins ‘Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us’ (Vulgate Non nobis, Domine, non nobis). Now rare.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Mankind. From post-classical Latin non nobis not to us (Vulgate), the first words of Psalm 115 from classical Latin nōn not + nōbīs, dative of nōs, 1st person plural pronoun.
non nobis/ˌnɒn ˈnəʊbɪs/
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