2 Samuel 23:4
New International Version
he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’

New Living Translation
is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.’

English Standard Version
he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

Berean Study Bible
is like the light of the morning at sunrise of a cloudless dawn, the glistening after the rain on the sprouting grass of the earth.’

King James Bible
And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

New King James Version
And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.’

New American Standard Bible
Is like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the fresh grass springs out of the earth From sunshine after rain.’

NASB 1995
Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.’

NASB 1977
Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.’

Amplified Bible
Is like the morning light when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the fresh grass springs out of the earth Through sunshine after rain.’

Christian Standard Bible
is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on sprouting grass.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on sprouting grass.”

American Standard Version
He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass'springeth out of the earth, Through clear shining after rain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like the light of the morning whenever the sun rises, a morning without clouds, from twilight before dawn and from the rain that makes the land sprout

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And in the morning light of God, let the sun arise in the morning, from the light of which the Lord passed on, and as it were from the rain of the tender grass upon the earth.

Contemporary English Version
is like the sunrise on a cloudless day, or like rain that sparkles on the grass."

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, shineth in the morning without clouds, and as the grass springeth out of the earth by rain.

English Revised Version
He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, a morning without clouds; when the tender grass springeth out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.

Good News Translation
is like the sun shining on a cloudless dawn, the sun that makes the grass sparkle after rain."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is like the morning light as the sun rises, like a morning without clouds, like the brightness after a rainstorm. The rain makes the grass grow from the earth.'

International Standard Version
He is like dawn's first light, like bright sun blazing on a cloudless morning, glistening on grassland that flourishes after a rain shower.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, A morning without clouds; When through clear shining after rain, The tender grass springeth out of the earth.'

Literal Standard Version
And he rises as the light of morning, A morning sun [with] no clouds! By the shining, by the rain, Tender grass of the earth!

NET Bible
is like the light of morning when the sun comes up, a morning in which there are no clouds. He is like the brightness after rain that produces grass from the earth.

New Heart English Bible
shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.'

World English Bible
shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.'

Young's Literal Translation
And as the light of morning he riseth, A morning sun -- no clouds! By the shining, by the rain, Tender grass of the earth!

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Last Song
3The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me, ‘He who rules the people with justice, who rules in the fear of God, 4is like the light of the morning at sunrise of a cloudless dawn, the glistening after the rain on the sprouting grass of the earth.’ 5Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation and my every desire?…

Cross References
Judges 5:31
So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But may those who love You shine like the sun at its brightest." And the land had rest for forty years.

Psalm 72:6
May he be like rain that falls on freshly cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Isaiah 18:4
For this is what the LORD has told me: "I will quietly look on from My dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."

Malachi 4:2
"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like calves from the stall.


Treasury of Scripture

And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

as the light

Judges 5:31
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

Psalm 89:36
His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

Psalm 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

mourning

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

tender

Deuteronomy 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Psalm 72:6
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

Isaiah 4:2
In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.









(4) A morning without clouds.--This description of the blessings of the ideally perfect government is closely connected with the Divine promise made through Nathan (2 Samuel 7). David recognises that the ruler of God's people must be just, and here, as in Psalms 72, the highest blessings are depicted as flowing from such a government. David knew far too much of the evil of his own heart and of the troubles in his household to suppose that his ideal could be perfectly realised in any other of his descendants than in Him who should "crush the serpent's head "and win the victory over the powers of evil. The sense of the verse will be made clearer by the following translation: "And as the light of the morning when the sun ariseth, a morning without clouds; as by means of sunlight and by means of rain the tender grass grows from the earth:--is not my house so with God?"



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
is like the light
וּכְא֥וֹר (ū·ḵə·’ō·wr)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

of the morning
בֹּ֖קֶר (bō·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1242: Dawn, morning

at sunrise
שָׁ֑מֶשׁ (šā·meš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement

of a cloudless
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

dawn,
בֹּ֚קֶר (bō·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1242: Dawn, morning

the glistening
מִנֹּ֥גַהּ (min·nō·ḡah)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5051: Brilliancy

after the rain
מִמָּטָ֖ר (mim·mā·ṭār)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4306: Rain

on the sprouting grass
דֶּ֥שֶׁא (de·še)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1877: A sprout, grass

of the earth.’
מֵאָֽרֶץ׃ (mê·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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