Psalm 64:1
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English Standard Version
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

American Standard Version
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint: Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm for David. Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to thee : deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This strophe again takes up the כּן (Psalm 63:3): thus ardently longing, for all time to come also, is he set towards God, with such fervent longing after God will he bless Him in his life, i.e., entirely filling up his life therewith (בּחיּי as in Psalm 104:33; Psalm 146:2; cf. Baruch 4:20, ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις μου), and in His name, i.e., invoking it and appealing to it, will he lift up his hands in prayer. The being occupied with God makes him, even though as now in the desert he is obliged to suffer bodily hunger, satisfied and cheerful like the fattest and most marrowy food: velut adipe et pinguedine satiatur anima mea. From Leviticus 3:17; Leviticus 7:25, Grussetius and Frisch infer that spiritualies epulae are meant. And certainly the poet cannot have had the sacrificial feasts (Hupfeld) in his mind; for the חלב of the shelamim is put upon the altar, and is removed from the part to be eaten. Moreover, however, even the Tra does not bind itself in its expression to the letter of that prohibition of the fat of animals, vid., Deuteronomy 32:14, cf. Jeremiah 31:14. So here also the expression "with marrow and fat" is the designation of a feast prepared from well-fed, noble beasts. He feels himself satisfied in his inmost nature just as after a feast of the most nourishing and dainty meats, and with lips of jubilant songs (accus. instrum. according to Ges. 138, rem. 3), i.e., with lips jubilant and attuned to song, shall his mouth sing praise. What now follows in Psalm 63:7 we no longer, as formerly, take as a protasis subsequently introduced (like Isaiah 5:4.): "when I remembered...meditated upon Thee," but so that Psalm 63:7 is the protasis and Psalm 63:7 the apodosis, cf. Psalm 21:12; Job 9:16 (Hitzig): When I remember Thee (meminerim, Ew. 355, b) upon my bed (stratis meis, as in Psalm 132:3; Genesis 49:4, cf. 1 Chronicles 5:1) - says he now as the twilight watch is passing gradually into the morning - I meditate upon Thee in the night-watches (Symmachus, καθ ̓ ἑκάστην φυλακήν), or during, throughout the night-watches (like בּחיּי in Psalm 63:5); i.e., it is no passing remembrance, but it so holds me that I pass a great part of the night absorbed in meditation on Thee. He has no lack of matter for his meditation; for God has become a help (auxilio, vid., on Psalm 3:3) to him: He has rescued him in this wilderness, and, well concealed under the shadow of His wings (vid., on Psalm 17:8; Psalm 36:8; Psalm 57:2), which affords him a cool retreat in the heat of conflict and protection against his persecutors, he is able to exult (ארנּן, the potential). Between himself and God there subsists a reciprocal relationship of active love. According to the schema of the crosswise position of words (Chiasmus), אחריך and בּי intentionally jostle close against one another: he depends upon God, following close behind Him, i.e., following Him everywhere and not leaving Him when He wishes to avoid him; and on the other side God's right hand holds him fast, not letting him go, not abandoning him to his foes.

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Psalm 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also on me, and answer me.

Psalm 55:1,2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication...

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD...

Psalm 141:1 Lord, I cry to you: make haste to me; give ear to my voice, when I cry to you.

Psalm 143:1-3 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness...

Lamentations 3:55,56 I called on your name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon...

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Psalm 17:8,9 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings...

Psalm 31:13-15 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me...

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 56:2-4 My enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O you most High...

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not your peace...

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, God has given you all them that sail with you.

Cross References
Psalm 55:2
Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan,

Psalm 61:1
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;

Psalm 130:2
O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

Psalm 140:1
Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,

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