Psalms 18:31

31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

Psalms 18:31 in Other Translations

KJV
31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
ESV
31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?--
NLT
31 For who is God except the LORD ? Who but our God is a solid rock?
MSG
31 Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock?
CSB
31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.

Psalms 18:31 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 18:31

For who [is] God save the Lord?
&c.] Or Jehovah: there is but one God, and Jehovah is he; there is none besides him, nor any like him: there are many that are called gods, nominal deities, who are not by nature gods; fictitious ones, the idols of the Gentiles, made of gold, silver, brass, wood, and stone; but there is but one true God: there are gods, in an improper sense, as civil magistrates; but there is none really and truly so but the Lord; which is to be understood, not of Jehovah the Father, to the exclusion of the Son and Spirit; for the Son is Jehovah, and the Spirit is Jehovah; both are so called, as well as the Father, and all three one God;

or who [is] a rock save our God?
to have recourse to for shelter and protection; or to trust to, and build upon, for eternal life and salvation. False gods are rocks; but not like ours, our enemies themselves being judges, ( Deuteronomy 32:31 ) ; so Apollo at Delphos is called the Delphian rock F14: the words seem to be taken from, or at least there is in them a reference to, ( 1 Samuel 2:2 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F14 (delfiv petra) , Sophoclis Oedipus, v. 472.

Psalms 18:31 In-Context

29 With your help I can advance against a troop ; with my God I can scale a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:35; Deuteronomy 32:39; Psalms 35:10; Psalms 86:8; Psalms 89:6; Isaiah 44:6,8; Isaiah 45:5,6,14,18,21; Isaiah 46:9
  • 2. S Genesis 49:24; Deuteronomy 32:31; 1 Samuel 2:2