New American Standard Bible
I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living.
King James Bible
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Darby Bible Translation
I will walk before Jehovah in the land of the living.
World English Bible
I will walk before Yahweh in the land of the living.
Young's Literal Translation
I walk habitually before Jehovah In the lands of the living.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I will walk before the Lord ... - Compare Psalm 27:13, note; Isaiah 38:20, note. This expresses a full belief that he would live, and a purpose to live "before the Lord;" that is, as in his presence, in his service, and enjoying communion with him.
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;
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.
I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.
I said, "I will not see the LORD, The LORD in the land of the living; I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
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