New American Standard Bible
Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me.
King James Bible
Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
Darby Bible Translation
Be surety for thy servant for good; let not the proud oppress me.
World English Bible
Ensure your servant's well-being. Don't let the proud oppress me.
Young's Literal Translation
Make sure Thy servant for good, Let not the proud oppress me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Be surety for thy servant for good - On the meaning of the word here rendered "be surety," see the notes at Job 17:3, and the notes at Isaiah 38:14, in both which places the same Hebrew word occurs: In Isaiah it is rendered "undertake for me." The word means, properly, "to mix, to mingle;" hence, to braid, to interweave; then, to exchange, to barter. Then it means to mix or intermingle interests; to unite ourselves with others so that their interests come to be our own; and hence, to take one under our protection, to become answerable for, to be a surety for: as, when one endorses a note for another, he mingles his own interest, reputation, and means with his. So Christ becomes the security or surety - ἔγγυος enguos - of his people, Hebrews 7:22. The prayer here is, that God would, so to speak, mix or mingle his cause and that of the psalmist together, and that he would then protect the common cause as his own; or, that he would become a "pledge" or "surety" for the safety of the psalmist. This now, through the Mediator, we have a right to ask at the hand of God; and when God makes our cause his own, we must be safe.
Let not the proud oppress me - See the notes at Psalm 119:51. Let them not triumph over me, and crush me.
LibraryA Cleansed Way
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration …
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so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
"Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?
Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
"Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.
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