2 Samuel 22:29-31

29 You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop[a] ; with my God I can scale a wall.
31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

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2 Samuel 22:29-31 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains a song or psalm, the same with the eighteenth psalm, and which, according to Jarchi, was composed by David in his old age, and, as Kimchi says, at the end or close of his days; but Abarbinel is of opinion that it was written in his youthful time, in the midst of his troubles, and was sung by him as often as he had a deliverance from any; and which may account for the several variations in it from the eighteenth psalm, which, the same writer observes, are seventy four; and are not to be ascribed to the difference of copies, or neglect of copiers: and very probably, towards the close of his days, he revised it, and made it fit for general use, and sent it with the rest of his psalms to the chief musician; but the particular consideration of it, and of the differences in it from Ps 18:1-50 are referred to the exposition of that book in its course.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 27:1; Isaiah 2:5; Micah 7:8; Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:5
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 32:4; Matthew 5:48
  • 3. Psalms 12:6; Psalms 119:140; Proverbs 30:5-6
  • 4. S Genesis 15:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "can run through a barricade"
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