New American Standard Bible
Then I called upon the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!"
King James Bible
Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Darby Bible Translation
Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: I beseech thee, Jehovah, deliver my soul.
World English Bible
Then I called on the name of Yahweh: "Yahweh, I beg you, deliver my soul."
Young's Literal Translation
And in the name of Jehovah I call: I pray Thee, O Jehovah, deliver my soul,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then called I upon the name of the Lord - Upon the Lord. I had no other refuge. I felt that I must perish unless he should interpose, and I pleaded with him for deliverance and life. Compare the notes at Psalm 18:6.
O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul - My life. Save me from death. This was not a cry for salvation, but for life. It is an example for us, however, to call on God when we feel that the soul is in danger of perishing, for then, as in the case of the psalmist, we have no other refuge but God.
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
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John Bunyan on the Terms of Communion and Fellowship of Christians at the Table of the Lord;
2 Samuel 22:7
"In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears.
Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.
Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog.
From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
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