Psalm 61:3
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New American Standard Bible
For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.

King James Bible
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from before the enemy.

World English Bible
For you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength because of the enemy.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. He refers here to what had occurred in former times. God had protected him when in danger, and he pleads that fact as a reason why God should now interpose and deliver him. That reason seems to be founded on two considerations:

(a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and

(b) it might be expected that God who is unchangeable, and who had interposed, would manifest the same traits of character still, and would not leave him now.

Both of these are proper grounds for prayer.

And strong tower from the enemy - See the notes at Psalm 18:2.

Psalm 61:3 Parallel Commentaries

The Far and Near
Gerhard Ter Steegen Ps. lxi. 4 In Him we live, in Him we move; seek not thy God afar; He is not prisoned in a height above sun, moon, and star. But thou through strange dark lands hast strayed, and wandered far from Him; And therfore He, O Soul, to thee, is distant and is dim. Lord, I was in the far-off land, I loved from Thee to stray, And when unto myself I came, a swine-herd far away, One moment--then the welcome sweet, the kiss, the Father's Home; Far distant was the distance; to Thy bosom I
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others

The Horns of the Altar
WE MUST tell you the story. Solomon was to be the king after David, but his elder brother, Adonijah, was preferred by Joab, the captain of the host, and by Abiathar, the priest; and, therefore, they got together, and tried to steal a march upon dying David, and set up Adonijah. They utterly failed in this; and when Solomn came to the throne Adonijah was afraid for his life, and fled to the horns of the altar at the tabernacle for shelter. Solomn permitted him to find sanctuary there, and forgave
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 31: 1885

Cross References
Psalm 59:9
Because of his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold.

Psalm 62:7
On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.

Psalm 71:7
I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.

Joel 3:16
The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

Micah 4:8
"As for you, tower of the flock, Hill of the daughter of Zion, To you it will come-- Even the former dominion will come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.

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