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Psalms 4:8

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

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Psalms 4:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
ESV
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
NLT
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
MSG
8 At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.
CSB
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.

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 Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Leviticus 26:6; Psalms 3:5
  • 2. S Numbers 6:26; S Job 11:18
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 33:28; S Jeremiah 32:37; Leviticus 25:18