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Compare Translations for Psalm 27:8

Psalm 27:8 ASV
[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek.
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Psalm 27:8 BBE
When you said, Make search for my face, my heart said to you, For your face will I make my search.
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Psalm 27:8 CEB
Come, my heart says, seek God's face. LORD, I do seek your face!
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Psalm 27:8 CJB
"My heart said of you, 'Seek my face.'"Your face, ADONAI, I will seek.
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Psalm 27:8 RHE
(26-8) My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
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Psalm 27:8 ESV
You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek."
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Psalm 27:8 GW
[When you said,] "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "O LORD, I will seek your face."
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Psalm 27:8 GNT
When you said, "Come worship me," I answered, "I will come, Lord."
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Psalm 27:8 HNV
When you said, "Seek my face," My heart said to you, "I will seek your face, LORD."
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Psalm 27:8 CSB
In Your behalf my heart says, "Seek My face." Lord, I will seek Your face.
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Psalm 27:8 KJV
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek .
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Psalm 27:8 LEB
On your behalf my heart says, "Seek my face." Your face, O Yahweh, I do seek.
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Psalm 27:8 NAS
When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD , I shall seek."
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Psalm 27:8 NCV
My heart said of you, "Go, worship him." So I come to worship you, Lord.
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Psalm 27:8 NIRV
My heart says, "Look to him!" Lord, I will look to you.
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Psalm 27:8 NIV
My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.
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Psalm 27:8 NKJV
When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."
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Psalm 27:8 NLT
My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."
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Psalm 27:8 NRS
"Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" Your face, Lord, do I seek.
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Psalm 27:8 RSV
Thou hast said, "Seek ye my face." My heart says to thee, "Thy face, LORD, do I seek."
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Psalm 27:8 DBY
My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek.
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Psalm 27:8 MSG
When my heart whispered, "Seek God," my whole being replied, "I'm seeking him!"
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Psalm 27:8 WBT
[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said to thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
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Psalm 27:8 TMB
When Thou saidst, "Seek ye My face," my heart said unto Thee, "Thy face, LORD, will I seek."
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Psalm 27:8 TNIV
My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.
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Psalm 27:8 WEB
When you said, "Seek my face," My heart said to you, "I will seek your face, Yahweh."
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Psalm 27:8 WYC
Mine heart said to thee, My face sought thee; Lord, I shall seek again thy face. (And thou saidest, Seek ye my face; and my heart said to thee, Lord, I shall seek thy face.)
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Psalm 27:8 YLT
To Thee said my heart `They sought my face, Thy face, O Jehovah, I seek.'
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Psalms 27 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 27

The psalmist's faith. (1-6) His desire toward God, and expectation from him. (7-14)

Verses 1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.

Verses 7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, "Seek ye my face;" but we must apply it to ourselves, "I will seek it." The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.

Psalms 27 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Psalms 27:1-14 . With a general strain of confidence, hope, and joy, especially in God's worship, in the midst of dangers, the Psalmist introduces prayer for divine help and guidance.

1. light--is a common figure for comfort.
strength--or, "stronghold"--affording security against all violence. The interrogations give greater vividness to the negation implied.

2. eat . . . my flesh--( Job 19:22 , Psalms 14:4 ). The allusion to wild beasts illustrates their rapacity.
they stumbled--"they" is emphatic; not I, but they were destroyed.

3. In the greatest dangers.
in this--that is, then, in such extremity.

4, 5. The secret of his confidence is his delight in communion with God ( Psalms 16:11 , 23:6 ), beholding the harmony of His perfections, and seeking His favor in His temple or palace; a term applicable to the tabernacle (compare Psalms 5:7 ). There he is safe ( Psalms 31:21 , 61:5 ). The figure is changed in the last clause, but the sentiment is the same.

6. head be lifted up--I shall be placed beyond the reach of my enemies. Hence he avows his purpose of rendering joyful thank offerings.

7. Still pressing need extorts prayer for help.
cry with my voice--denotes earnestness. Other things equal, Christians in earnest pray audibly, even in secret.

8. The meaning is clear, though the construction in a literal translation is obscure. The English Version supplies the implied clause. To seek God's face is to seek His favor ( Psalms 105:4 ).

9. Hide not, &c.--( Psalms 4:6 , 22:24 ). Against rejection he pleads former mercy and love.

10. In the extremity of earthly destitution ( Psalms 31:11 , 38:11 ), God provides (compare Matthew 25:35 ).

11. thy way--of providence.
a plain path--( Psalms 26:12 ).
enemies--literally, "watchers for my fall" ( Psalms 5:8 ).

12. will--literally, "soul," "desire" ( Psalms 35:25 ).
enemies--literally, "oppressors." Falsehood aids cruelty against him.
breathe out--as being filled with it ( Acts 9:1 ).

13. The strong emotion is indicated by the incomplete sentence, for which the English Version supplies a proper clause; or, omitting that, and rendering, "yet I believed," &c., the contrast of his faith and his danger is expressed.
to see--is to experience ( Psalms 22:17 ).

14. Wait, &c.--in confident expectation. The last clause is, literally, "and wait," &c., as if expecting new measures of help.