1 {[A Psalm] of David.} Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

References for Psalms 27:1

    • a 27:1 - 'Fear' and 'be afraid' are nearly the same, but it seems that the latter is more 'terror,' even used of Jehovah: see 1Sam. 11.7; Ps. 36.1; 'fear' more in a godly sense, as Prov. 1.7, yet ver. 3 here does mean simple 'fear.'
      2 When evil-doers, mine adversaries and mine enemies, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

      References for Psalms 27:2

        • b 27:2 - See Notes, Ps. 8.2.
          3 If a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; if war rise against me, in this will I be confident.
          4 One [thing] have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire [of him] in his temple.

          References for Psalms 27:4

            • c 27:4 - Or 'graciousness,' and so in Ps. 90.17.
              5 For in the day of evil he will hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tent will he keep me concealed: he will set me high upon a rock.
              6 And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; and I will offer in his tent sacrifices of shouts of joy: I will sing, yea, I will sing psalms unto Jehovah.
              7 Hear, Jehovah; with my voice do I call; be gracious unto me, and answer me.
              8 My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek.
              9 Hide not thy face from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
              10 For had my father and my mother forsaken me, then had Jehovah taken me up.

              References for Psalms 27:10

                • d 27:10 - Or 'For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but Jehovah hath gathered me.'
                  11 Teach me thy way, Jehovah, and lead me in an even path, because of mine enemies.

                  References for Psalms 27:11

                    • e 27:11 - Or 'those that lie in wait for me.'
                      12 Deliver me not over to the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.
                      13 Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living ...!
                      14 Wait for Jehovah; be strong and let thy heart take courage: yea, wait for Jehovah.

                      References for Psalms 27:14

                        • f 27:14 - Or 'he will strengthen thy heart.'