Compare Translations for Psalm 94:17

Psalm 94:17 ASV
Unless Jehovah had been my help, My soul had soon dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 BBE
If the Lord had not been my helper, my soul would quickly have gone down into death.
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Psalm 94:17 CEB
If the LORD hadn't helped me, I would live instantly in total silence.
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Psalm 94:17 CJB
If ADONAI hadn't helped me, I would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 RHE
(93-17) Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.
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Psalm 94:17 ESV
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 GW
If the LORD had not come to help me, my soul would have quickly fallen silent [in death].
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Psalm 94:17 GNT
If the Lord had not helped me, I would have gone quickly to the land of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 HNV
Unless the LORD had been my help, My soul would have soon lived in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 CSB
If the Lord had not been my help, I would soon rest in the silence [of death].
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Psalm 94:17 KJV
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 LEB
If Yahweh had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 NAS
If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 NCV
If the Lord had not helped me, I would have died in a minute.
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Psalm 94:17 NIRV
Suppose the LORD had not helped me. Then I would soon have been lying quietly in the grave.
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Psalm 94:17 NIV
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
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Psalm 94:17 NKJV
Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 NLT
Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have died.
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Psalm 94:17 NRS
If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 RSV
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
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Psalm 94:17 DBY
If Jehovah had not been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 MSG
If God hadn't been there for me, I never would have made it.
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Psalm 94:17 WBT
Unless the LORD [had been] my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 TMB
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 TNIV
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
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Psalm 94:17 WEB
Unless Yahweh had been my help, My soul would have soon lived in silence.
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Psalm 94:17 WYC
No but for the Lord helped me; almost my soul had dwelled in hell. (If the Lord had not helped me; soon I would have slept in Sheol, or in the land of the dead/soon I would have slept in the grave.)
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Psalm 94:17 YLT
Unless Jehovah [were] a help to me, My soul had almost inhabited silence.
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Psalms 94 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 94

The danger and folly of persecutors. (1-11) Comfort and peace to the persecuted. (12-23)

Verses 1-11 We may with boldness appeal to God; for he is the almighty Judge by whom every man is judged. Let this encourage those who suffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves to Him who judges righteously. These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence. There will come a day of reckoning for all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against God, his truths, and ways, and people. It would hardly be believed, if we did not witness it, that millions of rational creatures should live, move, speak, hear, understand, and do what they purpose, yet act as if they believed that God would not punish the abuse of his gifts. As all knowledge is from God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children of men, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men's hearts are only evil, and that continually. Even in good thoughts there is a want of being fixed, which may be called vanity. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. Thoughts are words to God.

Verses 12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.

Psalms 94 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 94

Psalms 94:1-23 . The writer, appealing to God in view of the oppression of enemies, rebukes them for their wickedness and folly, and encourages himself, in the confidence that God will punish evildoers, and favor His people.

1, 2. God's revenge is His judicial infliction of righteous punishment.
show thyself--(Compare Margin).

2. Lift up thyself--or, "Arise," both figures representing God as heretofore indifferent (compare Psalms 3:7 , Psalms 22:16 Psalms 22:20 ).

3, 4. In an earnest expostulation he expresses his desire that the insolent triumph of the wicked may be ended.

5, 6. thy people [and] thine heritage--are synonymous, the people being often called God's heritage. As justice to the weak is a sign of the best government, their oppression is a sign of the worst ( Deuteronomy 10:18 , Isaiah 10:2 ).

7. Their cruelty is only exceeded by their wicked and absurd presumption ( Psalms 10:11 , 59:7 ).

8. ye brutish--(Compare Psalms 73:22 , 92:6 ).

9-11. The evidence of God's providential government is found in His creative power and omniscience, which also assure us that He can punish the wicked in regard to all their vain purposes.

12, 13. On the other hand He favors though He chastens, the pious, and will teach and preserve them till the prosperous wicked are overthrown.

14, 15. This results from His abiding love ( Deuteronomy 32:15 ), which is further evinced by His restoring order in His government, whose right administration will be approved by the good.

16. These questions imply that none other than God will help ( Psalms 60:9 ),

17-19. a fact fully confirmed by his past experience.
dwelt in silence--as in the grave ( Psalms 31:17 ).

19. my thoughts--or, anxious cares.

20. throne--power, rulers.
iniquity [and] mischief--both denote evils done to others, as Psalms 94:21 explains.

22, 23. Yet he is safe in God's care.
defence--( Psalms 59:9 ).
rock of . . . refuge--( Psalms 9:9 , 18:2 ).

23. bring . . . iniquity--(Compare Psalms 5:10 , 7:16 ).
in their . . . wickedness--while they are engaged in evil doing.