2 Samuel 23:2

2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.

2 Samuel 23:2 in Other Translations

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
2 "The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.
2 “The Spirit of the LORD speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue.
2 God's Spirit spoke through me, his words took shape on my tongue.
2 The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me, His word was on my tongue.

2 Samuel 23:2 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 23:2

The Spirit of the Lord spake by me
The psalms and songs he composed were not the fruits of his own genius, but were written by him under the inspiration of the Spirit of God; by whom holy men of God, the penmen of the Scriptures, spoke, even as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, of whom David was one, being a prophet; see ( Acts 1:16 ) ( Acts 2:30 ) ; so the Targum here,

``David spoke by the spirit of prophecy of the Lord:''

or spake "in me" F8; what he spoke was first internally impressed upon his mind by the Spirit of God, and then he expressed it with his tongue, as follows:

and his word [was] in my tongue;
not only the matter of his psalms was indited by the Spirit of God, and suggested to his mind; but the very words in which they are delivered were given to him, and he was directed to make use of them, and did.


F8 (yb) "in me", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius.

2 Samuel 23:2 In-Context

1 These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs:
2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,
4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’
5 “If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 22:43; Mark 12:36; 2 Peter 1:21
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