Psalm 61:3
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English Standard Version
for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

King James Bible
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

American Standard Version
For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
for thou hast been my hope; a tower of strength against the face of the enemy.

English Revised Version
For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The third strophe reverts to prayer; but the prayer now breathes more freely with a self-conscious courage for the strife. The fortified city (עיר מצור) is not Rabbath Ammon; but, as becomes evident from the parallel member of the verse and 2 Kings 14:7, the Idumaean chief city of Sela' (סלע) or Petra (vid., Knobel on Genesis 36:42, cf. Psalm 31:22; 2 Chronicles 8:5; 2 Chronicles 11:5 together with Psalm 14:5). The wish: who will conduct me equals Oh that one would conduct me (Ges. 136, 1)! expresses a martial desire, joyful at the prospect of victory; concerning מי נחני, quis perduxerit me, vid., on Psalm 11:3. What follows is not now to be rendered: Not Thou (who but Thou), Elohim, who...(Hitzig) - for in order to have been understood thus and not as in Psalm 60:3, Psalm 44:10, the poet could not have omitted אשׁר - on the contrary, the interrogatory הלא is the foundation on which the supplicatory הבה is raised. The king of Israel is hard pressed in the battle, but he knows that victory comes from above, from the God who has hitherto in anger refused it to His people, inasmuch as He has given power to Edom to break through the defensive forces of Israel (vid., Psalm 44:10). עזרת (not עזרת equals עזרה) is, as in Psalm 108:13, equivalent to עזרתה. The view that it is equal to עזרתי, the suffix being cast away, is not confirmed in this instance, vid., on Psalm 16:6, cf. Psalm 3:3. How vain is human succour, has been seen only very recently in the case of the kings of Zobah and Ammon, who have succumbed in spite of their confederates. Israel prays for its victorious power from above, and also obtains it thence, as is most confidently expressed in v. 14. עשׂה חיל, to do valiantly, to show valour, is equivalent to: to be victorious, as in Psalm 118:16. In God does Israel conquer, and God, who is in Israel, will by means of Israel tread down Edom in accordance with its deserts.

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Psalm 4:6,7 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us...

Psalm 116:2 Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Isaiah 46:3,4 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly...

2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;


Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler...

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Cross References
Psalm 59:9
O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.

Psalm 62:7
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Psalm 71:7
I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

Joel 3:16
The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.

Micah 4:8
And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.

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