Psalms 118:18

18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

Psalms 118:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
ESV
18 The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
NLT
18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.
MSG
18 God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn't hand me over to Death.
CSB
18 The Lord disciplined me severely but did not give me over to death.

Psalms 118:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 118:18

The Lord hath chastened me sore
Or, "in chastening hath chastened me" F4. David was exercised with many afflictions; and though these were sore ones to the flesh, yet they were only the chastenings of a Father, and were all in love and for his good; as are all the afflictions of God's people; for whom he loves he chastens. Indeed the chastisement of the Messiah was a proper punishment for sin, and so a sore one indeed; he being the surety of his people, on whom "the chastisement [of] their peace was laid"; that is, the punishment of their sin, ( Isaiah 53:5 ) ;

but he hath not given me over unto death;
as yet, or to the power of it, so as to continue under it. This is to be understood in the sense as before; (See Gill on Psalms 118:17).


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (ynroy roy) "corripiendo corripuit me", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius; "castigando castigavit me", Musculus, Vatablus, Michaelis.

Psalms 118:18 In-Context

16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 31:18; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:5
  • 2. Psalms 86:13; 2 Corinthians 6:9