Psalm 55:7
New International Version
I would flee far away and stay in the desert;

New Living Translation
I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude

English Standard Version
yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah

Berean Study Bible
How far away I would flee; in the wilderness I would remain. Selah

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

New King James Version
Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness. Selah

King James Bible
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

Contemporary English Version
I would go and live in some distant desert.

Good News Translation
I would fly far away and make my home in the desert.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

International Standard Version
Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude

NET Bible
Look, I will escape to a distant place; I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Look, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness." Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I had gone far away; I had flown and dwelt in the wilderness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, I would run far away. I would stay in the desert. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, then I would flee far away and dwell in the wilderness. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

American King James Version
See, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

American Standard Version
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Lo! I have fled afar off, and lodged in the wilderness. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lo, I have gone far off flying away; and I abode in the wilderness.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I would flee afar off, I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah;

English Revised Version
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, then I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

World English Bible
Behold, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I move far off, I lodge in a wilderness. Selah.
Study Bible
Cast Your Burden upon the LORD
6I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. 7How far away I would flee; in the wilderness I would remain. Selah 8I would hurry to my shelter far from this raging tempest.”…
Cross References
1 Samuel 23:14
And David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God would not deliver David into his hand.

Jeremiah 9:2
If only I had a traveler's lodge in the wilderness, I would abandon my people and depart from them, for they are all adulterers, a crowd of faithless people.

Treasury of Scripture

See, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

1 Samuel 27:1
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

2 Samuel 15:14
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

2 Samuel 17:21,22
And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you…







Lexicon
How
הִ֭נֵּה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

far away
אַרְחִ֣יק (’ar·ḥîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7368: To be or become far or distant

I would flee;
נְדֹ֑ד (nə·ḏōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5074: To wave to and fro, to rove, flee, to drive away

in the wilderness
בַּמִּדְבָּ֣ר (bam·miḏ·bār)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

I would remain.
אָלִ֖ין (’ā·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3885: To stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(7) Remain.--Better, lodge.

Verse 7. - Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness; rather, and lodge in the wilderness. Doves, ring-doves, and others, are abundant in Palestine, and frequent wild and rocky places, far from the haunts of man. Speaking of a rocky gorge near the Lake of Gennesaret, Canon Tristram says, "But no description can give an adequate idea of the myriads of rock-pigeons. In absolute crowds they dashed to and fro in the ravine, whirling round with a rush and a whirr that could be felt like a gust of wind" ('Land of Israel,' p. 446). 55:1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest.
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