Psalm 4:3
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English Standard Version
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

King James Bible
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

American Standard Version
But know that Jehovah hath set apart for himself him that is godly: Jehovah will hear when I call unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know ye also that the Lord hath made his holy one wonderful: the Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto him.

English Revised Version
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call to him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 3:6-7) That this God will protect him, His protection during the past night is now a pledge to him in the early morning. It is a violation of the rules of grammar to translate ואישׁנה: I shall go to sleep, or: I am going to sleep. The 1 pers. fut. consec. which is indicated by the ו, is fond of taking an ah of direction, which gives subjective intensity to the idea of sequence: "and thus I then fell asleep," cf. Psalm 7:5; Psalm 119:55, and frequently, Genesis 32:6, and more especially so in the later style, Ezra 9:3; Nehemiah 13:21, vid., Ges. 49, 2, Bttcher, Neue Aehrenlese, No. 412. It is a retrospective glance at the past night. Awaking in health and safety, he feels grateful to Him to whom he owes it: יהוה יסמכני. It is the result of the fact that Jahve supports him, and that God's hand is his pillow.

(Note: Referred to the other David, Psalm 3:6 has become an Easter-morning call, vid., Val. Herberger's Paradies-Blmlein aus dem Lustgarten der Psalmen (Neue Ausg. 1857) S. 25.)

Because this loving, almighty hand is beneath his head (Sol 2:6) he is inaccessible and therefore also devoid of fear. שׁית (שׁוּת) carries its object in itself: to take up one's position, as in Isaiah 22:7, synon. חנה Psalm 28:3 and שׂים 1 Kings 20:12, cf. ἐπιτιθέναι τινί. David does not put a merely possible case. All Israel, that is to say ten thousands, myriads, were gone over to Absolom. Here, at the close of the third strophe, סלה is wanting because the לא אירא (I will not fear) is not uttered in a tone of triumph, but is only a quiet, meek expression of believing confidence. If the instruments struck up boldly and suddenly here, then a cry for help, urged forth by the difficulties that still continually surrounded him, would not be able to follow.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that the

Exodus 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and your people have found grace in your sight? is it not in that you go with us?...

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people...

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:


Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

the Lord

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me...

Psalm 56:9 When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

Psalm 91:14,15 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name...

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit...

Cross References
Psalm 3:4
I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

Psalm 6:8
Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.

Psalm 6:9
The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.

Psalm 17:6
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Psalm 27:7
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

Psalm 31:23
Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.

Psalm 50:5
"Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"

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