Psalms 60:4

4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.[a]

Psalms 60:4 in Other Translations

4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah
4 But you have raised a banner for those who fear you— a rallying point in the face of attack. Interlude
4 Then you planted a flag to rally your people, an unfurled flag to look to for courage.
4 You have given a signal flag to those who fear You, so that they can flee before the archers. Selah

Psalms 60:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 60:4

Thou hast given a banner
The word (on) is, by Jarchi, taken to signify "temptation" or "trial" F15; and he interprets it of many troubles which they had, that they might be tried by them, whether they would stand in the fear of God, and so considers these words as a continuation of the account of the distresses of the people of Israel; but they are rather to be considered as declaring a peculiar blessing and favour bestowed upon some among them, who are here described, when the rest were involved in the greatest calamities, signified by a "banner" or "ensign" given them; by which is meant, not so much David literally, and the victory he obtained over the Syrians and Edomites, of which the banner displayed might be a token; but the Messiah, who is said to be given for a banner, or set up as an ensign for the people, ( Isaiah 11:10 ) ; for the gathering of them to him, to prepare them for war, and animate them to fight the good fight of faith, and oppose every enemy; to direct where they should stand to be on duty, where they should go, and whom they should follow; and is expressive of the victory over sin, Satan, and the world, they have through him: and this is given

to them that fear thee;
who have the grace of fear put into their hearts; who fear the Lord and his goodness, and serve him with reverence and godly fear; who worship him both inwardly and outwardly, in spirit and in truth, whether among Jews or Gentiles, though the former may be chiefly intended; such as old Simeon, Anna the prophetess, and others, to whom Christ was made known; and especially the apostles of Christ, and those to whom their ministry became useful; whose business it was to display this banner, set up this ensign, and hold out this flag; as it follows:

that it may be displayed because of the truth;
not because of the truth of Abraham, as the Targum; nor because of the truth, sincerity, and uprightness, of those that fear the Lord; but because of his own truth and faithfulness in the performance of his promises made concerning the displaying of this banner; or the sending of his son into the world, and the preaching of his Gospel in it; see ( Romans 15:8 ) .

Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).


F15 So Yalkut Simconi in loc. par. 2. fol. 103. 1.

Psalms 60:4 In-Context

2 You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.
5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Isaiah 5:26; Isaiah 11:10,12; Isaiah 18:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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