Psalms 91:4

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalms 91:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
ESV
4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
NLT
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
MSG
4 His huge outstretched arms protect you - under them you're perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.
CSB
4 He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

Psalms 91:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 91:4

He shall cover thee with his feathers
As birds do their young, who cannot cover themselves: this they do from a tender regard to them, whereby they both keep them warm, and protect them from those that would hurt them: this represents the helpless state of the children of God, who are, like to young birds, weak and unable to defend themselves: the tender regard of God unto them, as the eagle and other birds have to their young; see ( Deuteronomy 32:11 ) ( Isaiah 31:5 ) ( Matthew 23:37 ) and the warmth and comforts souls have, as well as protection, under his powerful and gracious presence; he comforts them under their tribulations, as well as defends them from their enemies:

and under his wings shalt thou trust; (See Gill on Psalms 91:1) and the passages there referred to; the same metaphor is continued:

his truth shall be thy shield and buckler;
his faithfulness, which is engaged to keep and preserve his saints safe to his kingdom and glory, ( 1 Corinthians 1:8 1 Corinthians 1:9 ) ( 1 Thessalonians 5:23 1 Thessalonians 5:24 ) , his Son, who is "truth" itself, ( John 14:6 ) , and whose person, blood, righteousness, and salvation, are as a shield and buckler all around the saints, to secure them from ruin and destruction; and are the shield which faith lays hold on, and makes use of, against the temptation, of Satan; see ( Psalms 84:11 ) ( Ephesians 6:16 ) , the word of God also, which is truth, ( John 17:19 ) , every promise in it, and doctrine of it, is as a shield and buckler to strengthen, support, and secure the faith of his people, ( Proverbs 30:5 ) .

Psalms 91:4 In-Context

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

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Cross References 2

  • 1. S Ruth 2:12; Psalms 17:8
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalms 35:2; Isaiah 27:3; Isaiah 31:5; Zechariah 12:8