Psalms 118:6-7

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.

Psalms 118:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
ESV
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
NLT
6 The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
MSG
6 God's now at my side and I'm not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?
CSB
6 The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalms 118:6-7 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 118

Kimchi says their Rabbins are divided about this psalm. Some understand it of David; others of the Messiah: but, with us Christians, there ought to be no doubt of its belonging to the Messiah; since our Lord has quoted a passage out of it, and applied it to himself, Ps 118:22,23; see Mt 21:42; and so has the Apostle Peter, Ac 4:11. Nor did the Jews of those times object thereunto, which doubtless they would have done, had the psalm respected any other but the Messiah; yea, the common people that attended Christ when he entered into Jerusalem, and the children in the temple, took their "hosanna" from hence, Ps 118:26; see Mt 21:9,15. It is generally thought to be written by David, after he was established in the kingdom, and had brought the ark of the Lord into the city. It concludes the great "Hallel", or hymn sung at the Jewish festivals; particularly at the feasts of tabernacle and the passover.

Psalms 118:6-7 In-Context

4 Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.”
5 When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.
9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:6*
  • 2. S Psalms 27:1; Psalms 56:4
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalms 54:4
  • 4. S Psalms 54:7; Psalms 59:10
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