English Standard Version
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
King James Bible
Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
American Standard Version
Blessed be Jehovah; For he hath showed me his marvellous lovingkindness in a strong city.
Blessed be the Lord, for he hath shewn his wonderful mercy to me in a fortified city.
English Revised Version
Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvelous lovingkindness in a strong city.
Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed be the LORD: for he hath showed me his wonderful kindness in a strong city.
Psalm 31:21 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
(Heb.: 31:15-19) But, although a curse of the world and an offscouring of all people, he is confident in God, his Deliverer and Avenger. By ואני prominence is given to the subject by way of contrast, as in Psalm 31:7. It appears as though Jahve had given him up in His anger; but he confides in Him, and in spite of this appearance, he even confides in Him with the prayer of appropriating faith. עתּות or אתּים (1 Chronicles 29:30) are the appointed events and circumstances, the vicissitudes of human life; like the Arabic 'idât (like עת from ועד), the appointed rewards and punishments. The times, with whatsoever they bring with them, are in the Lord's hand, every lot is of His appointment or sending. The Vulgate follows the lxx, in manibus tuis sortes meae. The petitions of Psalm 31:16, Psalm 31:17, spring from this consciousness that the almighty and faithful hand of God has mould his life. There are three petitions; the middle one is an echo of the Aaronitish blessing in Numbers 6:25. כּי קראתיך, which gives the ground of his hope that he shall not be put to shame (cf. Psalm 31:2), is to be understood like אמרתּי in Psalm 31:15, according to Ges. 126, 3. The expression of the ground for אל־אבושׁה, favours the explanation of it not so much as the language of petition (let me not be ashamed) of as hope. The futures which follow might be none the less regarded as optatives, but the order of the words does not require this. And we prefer to take them as expressing hope, so that the three petitions in Psalm 31:16, Psalm 31:17, correspond to the three hopes in Psalm 31:18, Psalm 31:19. He will not be ashamed, but the wicked shall be ashamed and silenced for ever. The form ידּמוּ, from דּמם, is, as in Jeremiah 8:14, the plural of the fut. Kal ידּם, with the doubling of the first radical, which is customary in Aramaic (other examples of which we have in יקּד, ישּׁם, יתּם), not of the fut. Niph. ידּם, the plural of which would be ידּמּוּ, as in 1 Samuel 2:9; conticescere in orcum is equivalent to: to be silent, i.e., being made powerless to fall a prey to hades. It is only in accordance with the connection, that in this instance נאלם, Psalm 31:19, just like דּמם, denotes that which is forcibly laid upon them by the judicial intervention of God: all lying lips shall be dumb, i.e., made dumb. עתק prop. that which is unrestrained, free, insolent (cf. Arabic 'âtik, 'atı̂k, unrestrained, free
(Note: But these Arabic words do not pass over into the signification "insolent."))
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strong city. or, fenced city
1 Samuel 23:7
Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, "God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars."
Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
And of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her"; for the Most High himself will establish her.
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