New American Standard Bible
Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.
King James Bible
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Keep my soul, for I am godly; O thou my God, save thy servant who confideth in thee.
World English Bible
Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.
Young's Literal Translation
Keep my soul, for I am pious, Save Thy servant -- who is trusting to Thee, O Thou, my God.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Preserve my soul - Preserve, or keep, my life; for so the word rendered soul means in this place, as it does commonly in the Scriptures.
For I am holy - Margin, "One whom thou favorest." The Hebrew word - חסיד châsı̂yd - means properly, benevolent, kind; then, good, merciful, gracious; and then pious, godly. Psalm 30:4; Psalm 31:23; Psalm 37:28. The ground of the plea here is, that he was a friend of God; and that it was proper on that account to look to him for protection. He does not say that he was holy in such a sense that he had a claim on that account to the favor of God, or that his personal holiness was a ground of salvation; but the idea is, that he had devoted himself to God, and that it was, therefore, proper to look to him for his protection in the time of danger. A child looks to a parent for protection, because he is a child; a citizen looks to the protection of the laws, because he is a citizen; and so the people of God may look to him for protection, because they are his people. In all this there is no plea of merit, but there is the recognition of what is proper in the case, and what may he expected and hoped for.
Save thy servant - Save him from threatening danger and from death.
That trusteth in thee - Because I trust or confide in thee. I go nowhere else for protection; I rely on no one else. I look to thee alone, and I do this with entire confidence. A man who does this has a right to look to God for protection, and to expect that God will interpose in his behalf.
Library"Behold Your God!"
In Isaiah's day the spiritual understanding of mankind was dark through misapprehension of God. Long had Satan sought to lead men to look upon their Creator as the author of sin and suffering and death. Those whom he had thus deceived, imagined that God was hard and exacting. They regarded Him as watching to denounce and condemn, unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there was a legal excuse for not helping him. The law of love by which heaven is ruled had been misrepresented by the archdeceiver …
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But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.
O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "You are my God."
"Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
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