New American Standard Bible
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.
King James Bible
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
Darby Bible Translation
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance; and feed them, and lift them up for ever.
World English Bible
Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever. A Psalm by David.
Young's Literal Translation
Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, And feed them, and carry them to the age!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Save thy people - All thy people. The psalm appropriately closes with a prayer for all the people of God. The prayer is offered in view of the deliverance which the psalmist had himself experienced, and he prays that all the people of God might experience similar deliverance and mercy.
And bless thine inheritance - Thy heritage; Thy people. The Hebrew word properly means "taking possession of anything; occupation." Then it comes to mean "possession; domain; estate:" Num, Psalm 18:21. Thus it is used as applied to the territory assigned to each tribe in the promised land: Joshua 13:23. Thus also it is applied to the people of Israel - the Jewish nation - as the "possession" or "property" of Yahweh; as a people whom he regarded as His own, and whom, as such, He protected: Deuteronomy 4:20; Deuteronomy 9:26, Deuteronomy 9:29. In this place the people of God are thus spoken of as His special possession or property on earth; as that which He regards as of most value to Him; as that which belongs to Him, or to which He has a claim; as that which cannot without injustice to Him be alienated from Him.
Feed them also - Margin, "rule." The Hebrew word refers to the care which a shepherd extends over his flock. See Psalm 23:1, where the same word, under another form - "shepherd" - is used. The prayer is, that God would take the same care of His people that a shepherd takes of his flock.
And lift them up for ever - The word used here may mean "sustain" them, or "support" them; but it more properly means "bear," and would be best expressed by a reference to the fact that the shepherd carries the feeble, the young, and the sickly of his flock in his arms, or that he lifts them up when unable themselves to rise. See Isaiah 40:11, note; Isaiah 63:9, note. The word "forever" here means simply "always" - in all circumstances; at all times. In other words, the psalmist prays that God would "always" manifest Himself as the Friend and Helper of His people, as He had done to him. It may be added here, that what the psalmist thus prays for God's "will" to be done. God "will" save His people; He will bless His heritage; He will be to them a kind and faithful shepherd; He will sustain, comfort, uphold, and cherish them always - in affliction; in temptation; in death, forever. They have only to trust in Him, and they will find Him to be more kind and faithful than the most tender shepherd ever was to his flock.
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The LORD bless you, and keep you;
and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.'
'Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.'
"For the LORD'S portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
1 Kings 8:51
(for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace),
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
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