New American Standard Bible
"Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; Yet they have not prevailed against me.
King James Bible
Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
Darby Bible Translation
Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me.
World English Bible
many times they have afflicted me from my youth up, yet they have not prevailed against me.
Young's Literal Translation
Often they distressed me from my youth, Yet they have not prevailed over me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Many a time ... - This repetition is designed to fix the thoughts on the fact, and to impress it on the mind. The mind dwells on the fact as important in its bearing on the present occasion or emergency. The idea is, that it is no new thing to be thus afflicted. It has often occurred. It is a matter of long and almost constant experience. Our enemies have often attempted to destroy us, but in vain. What we experience now we have often experienced, and when thus tried we have been as often delivered, and have nothing now therefore to fear. We are not to regard it as a strange thing that we are now afflicted; and we are not to be discouraged or disheartened as if our enemies could overcome us, for they have often tried it in vain. He who has protected us heretofore can protect us still. He who defended us before can defend us now, and the past furnishes an assurance that be will defend us if it is best that we should be protected. It does much to support us in affliction if we can recall to mind the consolations which we had in former trials, and can avail ourselves of the result of past experience in supporting us now.
Yet they have not prevailed against me - They have never been able to overcome us. We were safe then in the divine hands; we shall be safe in the same hands now.
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
2 Corinthians 4:8
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
2 Corinthians 4:9
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
"The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows."
"They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.
"Then I will make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.
But the LORD is with me like a dread champion; Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
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