Psalms 59:9

9 You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,

Psalms 59:9 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.
The Message Bible (MSG)
9 Strong God, I'm watching you do it, I can always count on you.
American Standard Version (ASV)
9 [Because of] his strength I will give heed unto thee; For God is my high tower.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
9 O my strength, I watch for you! God is my stronghold, my merciful God!
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 I will keep watch for You, my strength, because God is my stronghold.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 You give me strength. I look to you. God, you are like a fort to me.

Psalms 59:9 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 59:9

[Because of] his strength will I wait upon thee
Either because of the strength of Saul, who was stronger than David, he determined to wait upon the Lord for salvation and deliverance from him; or because of the strength of the Lord, which he expected from him, and therefore would wait upon him for it. The Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, and also the Chaldee paraphrase, render the words, "my strength will I keep for thee"; or "with thee". I ascribe all my strength unto thee; I expect every supply of it from thee, and put my trust and confidence in thee for it: so did Christ as man, and had strength from the Lord, according to his promise, ( Isaiah 50:7 Isaiah 50:9 ) ( Psalms 89:21 ) ( 86:17 ) ; and so every believer, ( Isaiah 14:24 ) ( 40:31 ) ;

for God [is] my defence;
or "my high refuge"; or "high tower" F23; see ( Psalms 9:9 ) ( 46:7 ) ; where he was defended and exalted, as is petitioned ( Psalms 59:1 ) ; and was safe and secure from every enemy.


F23 (ybgvm) "vice arcis sublimis", Tigurine version; Vatablus, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, all to the same purport.

Psalms 59:9 In-Context

7 See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?”
8 But you laugh at them, LORD; you scoff at all those nations.
9 You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,
10 my God on whom I can rely. God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,or my people will forget. In your might uproot them and bring them down.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 18:1
  • 2. Psalms 9:9; Psalms 18:2; Psalms 62:2; Psalms 71:3
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