2 Samuel 22:23
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English Standard Version
For all his rules were before me, and from his statutes I did not turn aside.

King James Bible
For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

American Standard Version
For all his ordinances were before me; And as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For all his judgments are in my sight: and his precepts I have not removed from me.

English Revised Version
For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.

2 Samuel 22:23 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 He reached out of the height, He laid hold of me;

Drew me out of great waters:

18 Saved me from my enemy strong;

From my haters, because they were too strong for me.

19 They fell upon me in my day of calamity:

Then Jehovah became my stay,

20 And led me out into a broad place;

Delivered me, because He had pleasure in me.

The Lord stretched His hand from the height into the deep abysses, which had been uncovered through the threatening of the wrath of God, and drew out the sinking man. ישׁלח without יד is used to denote the stretching out of the hand, and in the sense of reaching out to a thing (as in 2 Samuel 6:6). רבּים מים (great waters) does not refer to the enemy, but to the calamities and dangers (waves of death and streams of Belial, 2 Samuel 22:5) into which the enemies of the Psalmist had plunged him. ימשׁני, from משׁה (Exodus 2:10), from which the name of Moses was derived, to whom there is probably an allusion made. As Moses was taken out of the waters of the Nile, so David was taken out of great (many) waters. This deliverance is still further depicted in a more literal terms in 2 Samuel 22:18. עז איבי, my enemy strong, poetical for my strong enemy, does not refer to one single enemy, namely Saul; but, as the parallel "my haters" shows, is a poetical personification of all his enemies. They were stronger than David, therefore the Lord had to deliver him with an almighty hand. The "day of calamity" in which the enemy fell upon him (קדּם: see at 2 Samuel 22:6) was the time when David wandered about in the desert helpless and homeless, fleeing from the pursuit of Saul. The Lord was then his support, or a staff on which he could support himself (vid., Psalm 23:4), and led him out of the strait into the broad, i.e., into a broad space where he could move freely, because God had pleasure in him, and had chosen him in His grace to be His servant. This reason for his deliverance is carried out still further in what follows.

2 Samuel 22:23 Parallel Commentaries

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For all

Psalm 119:6,86,128 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect to all your commandments...

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.


Deuteronomy 6:1,2 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you...

Deuteronomy 7:12 Why it shall come to pass, if you listen to these judgments, and keep, and do them...

Psalm 19:8,9 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes...

Psalm 119:13,30,102 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth...

I did not

Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that you forget not the LORD your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 6:6
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

Psalm 119:30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

Psalm 119:102
I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.

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