Psalms 91:2-14

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.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[a] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

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Psalms 91:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
ESV
2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
NLT
2 This I declare about the LORD : He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
MSG
2 Say this: "God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!"
CSB
2 I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Psalms 91:2-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 91

Jarchi and others think this psalm was written by Moses {m}, as was the preceding; but the Targum ascribes it to David; as do the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions; and very probably, as is generally thought, was penned by him on occasion of the pestilence which came upon the people, through his numbering of them, 2Sa 24:1. The person all along spoken of, and to, according to the Targum, is Solomon his son; and, according to the title in the Syriac version, King Hezekiah, so Theodoret, who is called the son of David; neither of which are probable. Some think the Messiah is meant; and that the psalm contains promises of protection and safety to him, as man, from diseases, beasts of prey, evil spirits, and wicked men, under the care of angels; and this not because that Satan has applied one of these promises to him, Mt 4:6, but because they seem better to agree with him than with any other: and one part of the title of the psalm, in the Syriac version, runs thus,

``and spiritually it is called the victory of the Messiah, and of everyone that is perfected by him.''

It seems best to understand it of every godly man, who is always safe under the divine protection. The Talmudisis {n} call it Myegp ryv, "a song of the occursions", or "meetings with evil spirits."

Psalms 91:2-14 In-Context

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Cross References 13

  • 1. ver 9; S 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalms 9:9; Psalms 142:5
  • 2. S 2 Samuel 22:2
  • 3. Psalms 124:7; Proverbs 6:5
  • 4. 1 Kings 8:37
  • 5. S Ruth 2:12; Psalms 17:8
  • 6. S Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalms 35:2; Isaiah 27:3; Isaiah 31:5; Zechariah 12:8
  • 7. S Job 5:21
  • 8. Psalms 37:34; S Psalms 58:10; Malachi 1:5
  • 9. Proverbs 12:21
  • 10. S Genesis 32:1; Hebrews 1:14
  • 11. Psalms 34:7
  • 12. Matthew 4:6*; Luke 4:10-11*
  • 13. Daniel 6:22; Luke 10:19

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. That is, probably the king
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