Psalms 4:8

8 In peace I will both 1lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me 2dwell in safety.

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Psalms 4:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep
Signifying, that he had such a calmness and serenity of mind, amidst all his troubles, that he could not only lay himself down in great peace, and much composure of mind, but sleep also, and that as soon as laid down almost; some lay themselves down, but cannot sleep, through the anxiety of their minds; but the psalmist could do both: or the word rendered "both" may he translated "together" F21; and the sense be either that he would lie down and sleep together with his friends, committing himself and them to the care and protection of God; or that he should lie down and sleep together with his enemies; meaning that he was assured that there would quickly be a reconciliation and peace between them; see ( Proverbs 16:7 ) ;

for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety;
suggesting that his protection and safety were owing to the power and presence of God only; and that was the reason of the tranquillity of his mind, and why he slept so quietly in the night watches, though in such danger from his enemies; or "thou, Lord, makest me only" or "alone" F23, being solitary and destitute of friends, to dwell in safety; finder the shadow of thy wings, encompassed by thy favour, and surrounded by thy power; see ( Deuteronomy 33:28 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (wdxy) "simul", Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus, Cocceius.
F23 (ddbl) "me solum", Cocceius; "me seorsim", Gejerus.

Psalms 4:8 In-Context

6 There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!"
7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Psalms 3:5
  • 2. Psalms 16:9; Leviticus 25:18, 19; Leviticus 26:5; Deuteronomy 33:28