New American Standard Bible
You will prolong the king's life; His years will be as many generations.
King James Bible
Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou wilt add days to the days of the king: his years shall be as many generations.
World English Bible
You will prolong the king's life; his years shall be for generations.
Young's Literal Translation
Days to the days of the king Thou addest, His years as generation and generation.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou wilt prolong the king's life - literally, "Days upon the days of the king thou wilt add;" that is, Thou wilt add days to those which thou hast already permitted him to live. The language does not necessarily mean that he would have a long life, but that he would still be permitted to live. He had apprehended death. He knew that his life was sought by those who were engaged with Absalom in the rebellion. At first it was uncertain what the issue would be. He had fled for his life. But now, in answer to prayer, he felt assured that his life would be preserved; that he would be permitted to return to his home and his throne; and that as king - as the sovereign of his people - he would be permitted to honor God.
And his years as many generations - Margin, as in Hebrew, generation and generation. This probably means that he would be permitted to live longer than the ordinary time of a generation; that he would live as if one generation - or as if one ordinary lifetime - were added to another, so that he would live through successive generations of men. The average life of a generation is about thirty years. David is supposed to have lived from 1085 before the Christian era to 1016 b.c., or 69 years, which would reach a third generation. This is a more natural interpretation of the passage than to suppose that he refers to an "ideal" king, or that his dynasty would continue for many generations.
LibraryThe 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
He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.
He will abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.
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