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Psalm 31:21 ASV
Blessed be Jehovah; For he hath showed me his marvellous lovingkindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 BBE
May the Lord be praised, because he has made clear to me the wonder of his grace in a strong town.
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Psalm 31:21 CEB
Bless the LORD, because he has wondrously revealed his faithful love to me when I was like a city under siege!
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Psalm 31:21 CJB
Blessed be ADONAI! For he has shown me his amazing grace when I was in a city under siege.
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Psalm 31:21 RHE
(30-22) Blessed be the Lord, for he hath shewn his wonderful mercy to me in a fortified city.
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Psalm 31:21 ESV
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
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Psalm 31:21 GW
Thank the LORD! He has shown me the miracle of his mercy in a city under attack.
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Psalm 31:21 GNT
Praise the Lord! How wonderfully he showed his love for me when I was surrounded and attacked!
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Psalm 31:21 HNV
Praise be to the LORD, For he has shown me his marvelous lovingkindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 CSB
May the Lord be praised, for He has wonderfully shown His faithful love to me in a city under siege.
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Psalm 31:21 KJV
Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 LEB
Blessed [is] Yahweh, because he has worked marvelously his loyal love to me in a besieged city.
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Psalm 31:21 NAS
Blessed be the LORD , For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
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Psalm 31:21 NCV
Praise the Lord. His love to me was wonderful when my city was attacked.
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Psalm 31:21 NIRV
Give praise to the Lord. He showed me his wonderful love when my enemies attacked the city I was in.
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Psalm 31:21 NIV
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
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Psalm 31:21 NKJV
Blessed be the Lord, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
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Psalm 31:21 NLT
Praise the LORD, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
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Psalm 31:21 NRS
Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege.
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Psalm 31:21 RSV
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as in a besieged city.
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Psalm 31:21 DBY
Blessed be Jehovah; for he hath shewn me wondrously his loving-kindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 MSG
Blessed God! His love is the wonder of the world.
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Psalm 31:21 WBT
Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath showed me his wonderful kindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 TMB
Blessed be the LORD, for He hath shown me His marvelous kindness in a stronghold city!
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Psalm 31:21 TNIV
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.
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Psalm 31:21 WEB
Praise be to Yahweh, For he has shown me his marvelous lovingkindness in a strong city.
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Psalm 31:21 WYC
Blessed be the Lord; for he hath made wonderful his mercy to me in a strengthened city. (Blessed be the Lord; for he hath shown his wonderful love to me, like a city that is strengthened, or fortified.)
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Psalm 31:21 YLT
Blessed [is] Jehovah, For He hath made marvellous His kindness To me in a city of bulwarks.
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Psalms 31 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 31

Confidence in God. (1-8) Prayer in trouble. (9-18) Praise for God's goodness. (19-24)

Verses 1-8 Faith and prayer must go together, for the prayer of faith is the prevailing prayer. David gave up his soul in a special manner to God. And with the words, ver. 5, our Lord Jesus yielded up his last breath on the cross, and made his soul a free-will offering for sin, laying down his life as a ransom. But David is here as a man in distress and trouble. And his great care is about his soul, his spirit, his better part. Many think that while perplexed about their worldly affairs, and their cares multiply, they may be excused if they neglect their souls; but we are the more concerned to look to our souls, that, though the outward man perish, the inward man may suffer no damage. The redemption of the soul is so precious, that it must have ceased for ever, if Christ had not undertaken it. Having relied on God's mercy, he will be glad and rejoice in it. God looks upon our souls, when we are in trouble, to see whether they are humbled for sin, and made better by the affliction. Every believer will meet with such dangers and deliverances, until he is delivered from death, his last enemy.

Verses 9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he was a type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. David acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins, but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give him any assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted, but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God will be sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those who commit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is in God's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet, according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not in himself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands, but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that the Lord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for any merit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those that reproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a day coming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In the mean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, if possible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Verses 19-24 Instead of yielding to impatience or despondency under our troubles, we should turn our thoughts to the goodness of the Lord towards those who fear and trust in Him. All comes to sinners through the wondrous gift of the only-begotten Son of God, to be the atonement for their sins. Let not any yield to unbelief, or think, under discouraging circumstances, that they are cut off from before the eyes of the Lord, and left to the pride of men. Lord, pardon our complaints and fears; increase our faith, patience, love, and gratitude; teach us to rejoice in tribulation and in hope. The deliverance of Christ, with the destruction of his enemies, ought to strengthen and comfort the hearts of believers under all their afflictions here below, that having suffered courageously with their Master, they may triumphantly enter into his joy and glory.

Psalms 31 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Psalms 31:1-24 . The prayer of a believer in time of deep distress. In the first part, cries for help are mingled with expressions of confidence. Then the detail of griefs engrosses his attention, till, in the assurance of strong but submissive faith, he rises to the language of unmingled joyful trust and exhorts others to like love and confidence towards God.

1. Expresses the general tone of feeling of the Psalm.

2-4. He seeks help in God's righteous government ( Psalms 5:8 ), and begs for an attentive hearing, and speedy and effectual aid. With no other help and no claim of merit, he relies solely on God's regard to His own perfections for a safe guidance and release from the snares of his enemies. On the terms "rock," &c., (compare Psalms 17:2 , Psalms 18:2 Psalms 18:50 , 20:6 , 23:3 , 25:21 ).

5, 6. commit my spirit--my life, or myself. Our Saviour used the words on the Cross ( Luke 23:46 ), not as prophetical, but, as many pious men have done, as expressive of His unshaken confidence in God. The Psalmist rests on God's faithfulness to His promises to His people, and hence avows himself one of them, detesting all who revere objects of idolatry (compare Deuteronomy 32:21 , 1 Corinthians 8:4 ).

7. hast known my soul, &c.--had regard to me in trouble.

8. shut me up . . . enemy--abandon to ( 1 Samuel 23:11 ).
large room--place of safety (compare Psalms 18:19 ).

9, 10. mine eye, &c.--denotes extreme weakness (compare Psalms 6:7 ).
grief--mingled sorrow and indignation ( Psalms 6:7 ).
soul and . . . belly--the whole person.

10. Though the effects ascribed to grief are not mere figures of speech--
spent . . . consumed--must be taken in the modified sense of wasted and decayed.
iniquity--or, suffering by it

11. among--or, literally, "from," or, "by" my enemies. The latter clauses describe the progress of his disgrace to the lowest degree, till,

12. he is forgotten as one dead, and contemned as a useless broken vessel.

13. For--introduces further reasons for his prayer, the unjust, deliberate, and murderous purposes of his foes.

14-18. In his profession of trust he includes the terms of the prayer expressing it.

15. times--course of life.
deliver . . . hand--opposed to "shut me up," &c. of Psalms 31:8 .

16. Make . . . shine--(Compare Numbers 6:25 , Psalms 4:6 ). Deprecating from himself, he imprecates on the wicked God's displeasure, and prays that their virulent persecution of him may be stopped.

19-21. God displays openly His purposed goodness to His people.

20. the secret of thy presence--or, covering of Thy countenance; the protection He thus affords; compare Psalms 27:5 for a similar figure; "dwelling" used there for "presence" here. The idea of security further presented by the figure of a tent and a fortified city [ Psalms 31:21 ].

22. For I said--literally, "And I said," in an adversative sense. I, thus favored, was despondent.
in my haste--in my terror.
cut off . . . eyes--from all the protection of Thy presence.

23, 24. the Lord . . . proud doer--literally, "the Lord is keeping faith," that is, with His people, and is repaying, &c. Then let none despair, but take courage; their hopes shall not be in vain.