New American Standard Bible
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
King James Bible
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Darby Bible Translation
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her at the dawn of the morning.
World English Bible
God is in her midst. She shall not be moved. God will help her at dawn.
Young's Literal Translation
God is in her midst -- she is not moved, God doth help her at the turn of the morn!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
God is in the midst of her - God is in the midst of the "city" referred to above - the "city of God." That is,
(a) he dwelt there by the visible symbol of his presence, the Shekinah;
(b) he was there "actually" as a help and a protector.
It was his chosen abode, and as long as such a Being dwelt in the city, they had nothing to fear.
God shall help her - That is, in her danger, he will interpose to save her. This is language such as would be used in reference to a place that was besieged, and would well apply to the state of things when Jerusalem was besieged by the armies of Assyria under Sennacherib. The language expresses the confidence of the people in the time of the impending danger.
And that right early - Margin, "when the morning appeareth." Literally, "in the faces of the morning," as the word is commonly used; or, more literally, in the "turning" of the morning - for the verb from which the word is derived means properly "to turn," and then "to turn to or from any one." The noun is applied to the face or countenance, because the person is "turned" to us when we see his countenance. The poetic idea here seems to refer to the day as having turned away "from" us at night, and then as turning about "toward" us in the morning, after having gone, as it were, to the greatest distance from us. "Possibly" there may be an allusion here to what occurred in the camp of the Assyrians, when the discovery that the angel of the Lord had smitten them was made early in the morning, or when men arose in the morning: "The angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose in the morning" (that is, when men arose in the morning), "behold, they were all dead corpses," Isaiah 37:36.
LibraryThe City and River of God
'There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.'--PSALM xlvi 4-7. There are two remarkable events in the history of Israel, one or other of which most probably supplied the historical …
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"He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
"Since the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.
The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.
For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.
A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
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