Psalm 78:71
New International Version
from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.

New Living Translation
He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants— God’s own people, Israel.

English Standard Version
from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.

Berean Study Bible
from tending the ewes He brought him to be shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His inheritance.

New American Standard Bible
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.

New King James Version
From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.

King James Bible
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Christian Standard Bible
he brought him from tending ewes to be shepherd over his people Jacob--over Israel, his inheritance.

Contemporary English Version
and from caring for lambs. Then God made him the leader of Israel, his own nation.

Good News Translation
where he looked after his flocks, and he made him king of Israel, the shepherd of the people of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brought him from tending ewes to be shepherd over His people Jacob-- over Israel, His inheritance.

International Standard Version
He brought him from birthing sheep to care for Jacob, his people, Israel, his possession.

NET Bible
He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and of Israel, his chosen nation.

New Heart English Bible
from following the ewes that have their young, he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from following nursing sheep to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He brought him from tending the ewes that had lambs so that David could be the shepherd of the people of Jacob, of Israel, the people who belonged to the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
From following the ewes that give suck He brought him, To be shepherd over Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.

New American Standard 1977
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
from following the ewes great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance.

King James 2000 Bible
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

American King James Version
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

American Standard Version
From following the ewes that have their young he brought him, To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He took him from following the ewes great with young, to be the shepherd of Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To feed Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.

Darby Bible Translation
From following the suckling-ewes, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

English Revised Version
From following the ewes that give suck he brought him, to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Webster's Bible Translation
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

World English Bible
from following the ewes that have their young, he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.

Young's Literal Translation
From behind suckling ones He hath brought him in, To rule over Jacob His people, And over Israel His inheritance.
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
70He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; 71from tending the ewes He brought him to be shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His inheritance. 72So David shepherded them with integrity of heart and guided them with skillful hands.…
Cross References
Genesis 33:13
But Jacob replied, "My lord knows that the children are frail, and I must care for sheep and cattle that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard for even a day, all the animals will die.

1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it out on Saul's head, kissed him, and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you ruler over His inheritance?

1 Samuel 16:1
Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have selected from his sons a king for Myself."

2 Samuel 5:2
Even in times past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them back. And to you the LORD said, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be ruler over them.'"

2 Samuel 7:8
Now then, you are to tell My servant David that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be the ruler over My people Israel.

2 Samuel 23:1
These are the last words of David: "The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man raised on high, the one anointed by the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel:

1 Chronicles 11:2
Even in times past, while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them back. And to you the LORD your God said, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be ruler over them.'"

Psalm 28:9
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them and carry them forever.

Isaiah 40:11
He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads the nursing ewes.

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who only feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed their flock?

Ezekiel 37:24
My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances and keep and observe My statutes.

Treasury of Scripture

From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

from following.

Genesis 33:13
And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

Isaiah 40:11
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

brought

Psalm 75:6,7
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south…

Psalm 113:7,8
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; …

1 Samuel 2:7,8
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up…

feed

2 Samuel 5:2
Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

1 Chronicles 11:2
And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

Ezekiel 34:23,24
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd…







Lexicon
from tending
מֵאַחַ֥ר (mê·’a·ḥar)
Preposition-m
Strong's Hebrew 310: The hind or following part

the ewes
עָל֗וֹת (‘ā·lō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5763: To suckle, give milk

He brought him
הֱ֫בִיא֥וֹ (hĕ·ḇî·’ōw)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to be shepherd
לִ֭רְעוֹת (lir·‘ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

of His people
עַמּ֑וֹ (‘am·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

Jacob,
בְּיַעֲקֹ֣ב (bə·ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

of Israel
וּ֝בְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל (ū·ḇə·yiś·rā·’êl)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

His inheritance.
נַחֲלָתֽוֹ׃ (na·ḥă·lā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5159: Something inherited, occupancy, an heirloom, an estate, patrimony, portion
(71) Ewes great with young--So also in Isaiah 40:11; but properly, ewes with lambs. Literally, giving suck.

Verse 71. - From following the ewes great with young he brought him (comp. Isaiah 40:11). The Hebrew word translated "ewes great with young" really means "ewes that are giving suck." This is the portion of the flock which needs the tenderest care. To feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance (see 1 Chronicles 11:2). As Peter, James, and John were called from their occupation of fishers to be "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19), so David was called from feeding sheep to feed God's people. 78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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