Psalm 33:20
New International Version
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

New Living Translation
We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

English Standard Version
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Berean Study Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

King James Bible
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

New King James Version
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

New American Standard Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

NASB 1995
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

NASB 1977
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

Amplified Bible
We wait [expectantly] for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

Christian Standard Bible
We wait for the LORD; he is our help and shield.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield.

American Standard Version
Our soul hath waited for Jehovah: He is our help and our shield.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But our soul has expected LORD JEHOVAH, because he is our helper and our shield.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Our soul waits on the Lord; for he is our helper and defender.

Contemporary English Version
We depend on you, LORD, to help and protect us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: for he is our helper and protector.

Good News Translation
We put our hope in the LORD; he is our protector and our help.

International Standard Version
We wait on the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Our soul hath waited for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

Literal Standard Version
Our soul has waited for YHWH, He [is] our help and our shield,

New American Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD, he is our help and shield.

NET Bible
We wait for the LORD; he is our deliverer and shield.

New Revised Standard Version
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield.

New Heart English Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

World English Bible
Our soul has waited for Yahweh. He is our help and our shield.

Young's Literal Translation
Our soul hath waited for Jehovah, Our help and our shield is He,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Praise to the Creator
19to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21For our hearts rejoice in Him, since we trust in His holy name.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is the shield that protects you, the sword in which you boast. Your enemies will cower before you, and you shall trample their high places."

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:35
You have given me Your shield of salvation; Your right hand upholds me, and Your gentleness exalts me.

Psalm 62:1
In God alone my soul finds rest; my salvation comes from Him.

Psalm 115:9
O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and shield.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD; my soul does wait, and in His word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:6
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning--more than watchmen wait for the morning.


Treasury of Scripture

Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

soul

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 62:1,2,5,6
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation…

Psalm 130:5,6
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope…

he is

Psalm 115:9-12
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield…

Psalm 144:1,2
A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: …

1 Chronicles 5:20
And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.











(20-22) Hope--wait--trust.--The Hebrew language was naturally rich in words expressive of that attitude of expectancy which was characteristic of a nation whose golden age was not in the past, but in the future--a nation for which its great ancestor left in his dying words so suitable a motto--

"I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord,"

and which, while itself held back outside the promised land of the hope of immortality, was to be the birth-race of the great and consoling doctrine that alone could satisfy the natural craving expressed by the moralist in the well-known line--

"Man never is, but always to be, blest;"

and by the Christian apostle--

"For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

Verses 20-22. - A brief address of the people to God, arising out of what has been declared concerning his goodness (vers. 4, 5, 12-19) and his power (vers. 6-11), which constitute a call upon them for praise and adoration. Verse 20. - Our soul waiteth for the Lord (comp. Psalm 25:21; Psalm 62:1, 5; Psalm 130:5, 6, etc.). Confident in God's good will, and in his power to help us, we wait patiently and cheerfully for him to manifest himself in his own good time. He is our Help and our Shield. We trust in no one and nothing but him - not in armies (ver. 16), not in horses (ver. 17), not in our own strength (ver. 16). He alone is our dependence. (For the use of the metaphor "shield" for defence, see Psalm 5:12; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 119:114, etc.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Our soul
נַ֭פְשֵׁנוּ (nap̄·šê·nū)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

waits
חִכְּתָ֣ה (ḥik·kə·ṯāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2442: To adhere to, to await

for the LORD;
לַֽיהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

He
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is our help
עֶזְרֵ֖נוּ (‘ez·rê·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 5828: A help, helper

and our shield.
וּמָגִנֵּ֣נוּ (ū·mā·ḡin·nê·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 4043: A shield, a protector, the scaly hide of the crocodile


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