Psalms 3:2

2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”[a]

Psalms 3:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Interlude
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 Mobs of them all around me, roaring their mockery: "Hah! No help for him from God!"
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. [Selah
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 Many are saying about me, "Even with God [on his side], he won't be victorious." Selah
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 Many say about me, "There is no help for him in God." Selah
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 Many are saying about me, "God will not save him." "Selah"

Psalms 3:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 3:2

Many [there be] which say of my soul
Or "to my soul" {u}, the following cutting words, which touched to the quick, reached his very heart, and like a sword pierced through it:

[there is] no help for him in God;
or "no salvation" F23: neither in this world, nor in that which is to come, as Kimchi explains it. David's enemies looked upon his case to be desperate; that it was impossible he should ever extricate himself from it; yea, that God himself either could not or would not save him. And in like manner did the enemies of Christ say, when they had put him upon the cross; see ( Matthew 27:43 ) ; and how frequent is it for the men of the world to represent the saints as in a damnable state! and to call them a damned set and generation of men, as if there was no salvation for them? and how often does Satan suggest unto them, that there is no hope for them, and they may as well indulge themselves in all sinful lusts and pleasures? and how often do their own unbelieving hearts say to them, that there is no salvation in Christ for them, though there is for others; and that they have no interest in the favour of God, and shall be eternally lost and perish? And this account is concluded with the word

which some take to be a musical note; and so the Septuagint render it (diaqalma) , which Suidas F24 interprets the change of the song, of the note or tune of it; and the rather it may be thought to be so, since it is only used in this book of Psalms, and in the prayer of Habakkuk, which was set to a tune, and directed to the chief singer. Kimchi derives it from a root which signifies "to lift up", and supposes that it denotes and directs to an elevation, or straining of the voice, at the place where this word stands. Others understand it as a pause, a full stop for a while; and as a note of attention, either to something that is remarkably bad and distressing, as here; or remarkably good, and matter of rejoicing, as in ( Psalms 3:4 Psalms 3:8 ) . Others consider it as an affirmation of the truth of anything, good or bad; and render it "verily", "truly", as, answering to "Amen"; so be it, so it is, or shall be; it is the truth of the thing: to this sense agrees Aben Ezra. But others render it "for ever", as the Chaldee paraphrase; and it is a tradition of the Jews F25, that wherever it is said, "netzach", "selah", and "ed", there is no ceasing, it is for ever and ever; and so then, according to this rule, the sense of David's enemies is, that there was no help for him in God for ever. A very learned man


F26 has wrote a dissertation upon this word; in which he endeavours to prove, that it is a name of God, differently used, either in the vocative, genitive, and dative cases; as, O Selah, O God, or of God, or to God as the sense requires.

F21 (yvpnl) (th quch mou) , Sept. "animae meae", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so the Targum.
F23 (htewvy Nya) "non est salus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "non ulla salus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Ainsworth.
F24 In voce (diaq) .
F25 T. Bab. Erubin, fol. 54. 1. Vid. Ben Melech in loc.
F26 Paschii Dissertatio de Selah, p. 670. in Thesaur. Theolog. Philolog. par. 1.

Psalms 3:2 In-Context

1 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 22:8; Psalms 71:11; Isaiah 36:15; Isaiah 37:20

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.
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