Psalm 18:28
New International Version
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

New Living Translation
You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.

English Standard Version
For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.

Berean Study Bible
For You, O LORD, light my lamp; my God lights up my darkness.

King James Bible
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

New King James Version
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

New American Standard Bible
For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

NASB 1995
For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

NASB 1977
For Thou dost light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

Amplified Bible
For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

Christian Standard Bible
LORD, you light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.

American Standard Version
For thou wilt light my lamp: Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will light my lamp, LORD JEHOVAH; my God will enlighten my darkness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For thou, O Lord, wilt light my lamp: my God, thou wilt lighten my darkness.

Contemporary English Version
You, the LORD God, keep my lamp burning and turn darkness to light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God enlighten my darkness.

English Revised Version
For thou wilt light my lamp: the LORD my God will lighten my darkness.

Good News Translation
O LORD, you give me light; you dispel my darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, you light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light.

International Standard Version
For you, LORD, make my lamp shine; my God enlightens my darkness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thou dost light my lamp; The LORD my God doth lighten my darkness.

Literal Standard Version
For You light my lamp, "" My God YHWH enlightens my darkness.

NET Bible
Indeed, you are my lamp, LORD. My God illuminates the darkness around me.

New Heart English Bible
For you light my lamp. The LORD my God lights up my darkness.

World English Bible
For you will light my lamp, Yahweh. My God will light up my darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou -- Thou lightest my lamp, Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD is My Rock
27For You save an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes. 28For You, O LORD, light my lamp; my God lights up my darkness. 29For in You I can charge an army, and with my God I can scale a wall.…

Cross References
1 Kings 15:4
Nevertheless, for the sake of David, the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and to make Jerusalem strong.

Job 18:6
The light in his tent grows dark, and the lamp beside him goes out.

Psalm 13:3
Consider me and respond, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death,

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life--whom shall I dread?

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God; He has made His light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

Psalm 132:17
There I will make a horn grow for David; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.


Treasury of Scripture

For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

thou wilt

Psalm 112:4
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Job 18:6
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.

Job 29:3
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

candle.

Psalm 132:17
There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

2 Samuel 22:29
For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.

1 Kings 11:36
And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

my God

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

Matthew 4:16
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Luke 1:79
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.









(28) For thou wilt.--Better, Thou makest bright my lamp. In Samuel, "It is thou Jehovah who art my lamp." This obvious metaphor is common in Hebrew, as in all literature. Light is an emblem of prosperity, happiness, or life itself. (Comp. Job 18:6; Job 21:17; Proverbs 13:9, &c). It happens to be used very frequently of David and his family (1Kings 11:36; 1Kings 15:4; 2Kings 8:19). Comp. Psalm 132:17.

Verses 28-45. - As in the former narrative section (vers. 4-24) David seems to have had his earlier troubles in mind, so, in the present one, his troubles since he entered upon the kingdom seem especially to engage his thoughts. These consisted chiefly of wars with foreign enemies, in which, while he incurred many dangers, he was, upon the whole, eminently successful. Verse 28. - For thou wilt light my candle; rather, my lamp - the word generally used of the lamps supported by the seven-branched candelabrum of the tabernacle (see Exodus 25:37; Exodus 37:22, 23; Exodus 40:25). David himself is called "the lamp of Israel" in 2 Samuel 21:17. The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. The true lamp of David, which "enlightened his darkness," was "the light of God's countenance." While this shone upon him, his whole path was bright, and he himself, reflecting the Divine rays, was a lamp to others.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

You,
אַ֭תָּה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

O LORD,
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

light
תָּאִ֣יר (tā·’îr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 215: To be or become light

my lamp;
נֵרִ֑י (nê·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5216: A lamp, light

my God
אֱ֝לֹהַ֗י (’ĕ·lō·hay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

enlightens
יַגִּ֥יהַּ (yag·gî·ah)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5050: To glitter, to illuminate

my darkness.
חָשְׁכִּֽי׃ (ḥā·šə·kî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness


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