Psalms 30:11-12

11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.

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Psalms 30:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
ESV
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
NLT
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
MSG
11 You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers.
CSB
11 You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Psalms 30:11-12 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 30

\\<>\\. This is the first time that a psalm is called a song; some psalms are called by one name, some by another, and some by both, as here; and some are called hymns: to which distinction of them the apostle refers in Eph 5:19. A psalm was sung upon musical instruments, a song with the voice; it may be this psalm was sung both ways: the occasion of it was the dedication of David's house: the Targum interprets it of the house of the sanctuary, the temple; and so most of the Jewish commentators {i}; which might be called his house, because it was his intention to build it; his heart was set upon it, he provided materials for it, and gave his son Solomon the form of it, and a charge to build it; and, as is thought, composed this psalm to be sung, and which was sung by the Levites at the dedication of it: others, as Aben Ezra, are of opinion it was his own dwelling house, made of cedar, which he dedicated according to the law of Moses, with sacrifices and offerings, prayer and thanksgiving, \2Sa 5:11 7:2 De 20:5\; so Apollinarius calls it a new house David built; but since there is nothing in the whole psalm that agrees with the dedication, either of the temple, or of David's own private house, it seems better, with other interpreters, to understand it of the purging of David's house from the wickedness and incest of his son Absalom, upon his return to it, when the rebellion raised by him was extinguished; which might be reckoned a new dedication of it; see 2Sa 20:3; and to a deliverance from such troubles this psalm well agrees. Theodoret interprets it of the restoration of the human nature by Christ, through his resurrection from the dead. {i} Jarchi, Kimchi, & Abdendana.

Psalms 30:11-12 In-Context

9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Esther 4:1
  • 2. S Exodus 15:20
  • 3. S 2 Samuel 3:31; S Psalms 35:13
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 16:15; S Psalms 16:9; Psalms 4:7; Jeremiah 31:4,13
  • 5. Psalms 35:18; Psalms 75:1; Psalms 118:21; Revelation 11:17; Psalms 16:9
  • 6. Psalms 44:8; Psalms 52:9
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