Psalms 18:27

27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

Psalms 18:27 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
English Standard Version (ESV)
27 For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
New Living Translation (NLT)
27 You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.
The Message Bible (MSG)
27 You take the side of the down-and-out, But the stuck-up you take down a peg.
American Standard Version (ASV)
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; But the haughty eyes thou wilt bring down.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
27 You save humble people, but you bring down a conceited look.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
27 For You rescue an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
27 You save those who aren't proud. But you bring down those whose eyes are proud.

Psalms 18:27 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 18:27

For thou wilt save the afflicted people
As the people of God commonly are; they are afflicted with sin, and the corruption of their own hearts, and with Satan and his temptations, and with the world, its reproaches, and persecutions; but God in his own time saves them out of them, if not here, yet hereafter. This is particularly and eminently true of the Christians who lived between the crucifixion of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem; who were greatly afflicted and persecuted by the Jews, but were in a remarkable manner saved a little before the destruction of Jerusalem, by being directed to go out of it to a place called Pella F3; so that not one Christian suffered in it;

but wilt bring down high looks;
or proud men, whom God humbles; these he abhors, resists, sets himself against, scatters and destroys. The Jews were a very proud people, and behaved in an insolent and insulting manner towards Christ and his followers; but the high looks of the chief priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, were brought down to a purpose, when their city, temple, and nation, were destroyed; see ( Isaiah 2:11 ) .


F3 Euseb. Eccl. Hist. l. 3. c. 5.

Psalms 18:27 In-Context

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop ; with my God I can scale a wall.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Chronicles 33:23; S Matthew 23:12
  • 2. S Job 41:34; S Psalms 10:5; Proverbs 3:33-34; Proverbs 6:17
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