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Psalm 91

Assurance of God’s Protection

1

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

2

will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God, in whom I trust.”

3

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence;

4

he will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5

You will not fear the terror of the night,

or the arrow that flies by day,

6

or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

 

7

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8

You will only look with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

 

9

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,

the Most High your dwelling place,

10

no evil shall befall you,

no scourge come near your tent.

 

11

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

12

On their hands they will bear you up,

so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

13

You will tread on the lion and the adder,

the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

 

14

Those who love me, I will deliver;

I will protect those who know my name.

15

When they call to me, I will answer them;

I will be with them in trouble,

I will rescue them and honor them.

16

With long life I will satisfy them,

and show them my salvation.


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Ps 91:1-16. David is the most probable author; and the pestilence, mentioned in 2Sa 24:13-15, the most probable of any special occasion to which the Psalm may refer. The changes of person allowable in poetry are here frequently made.

1. dwelleth in the secret place—(Ps 27:5; 31:20) denotes nearness to God. Such as do so abide or lodge secure from assaults, and can well use the terms of trust in Ps 91:2.

3. snares … [and] … noisome pestilence—literally, "plagues of mischiefs" (Ps 5:9; 52:7), are expressive figures for various evils.

4. For the first figure compare De 32:11; Mt 23:37.

buckler—literally, "surrounding"—that is, a kind of shield covering all over.

5. terror—or, what causes it (Pr 20:2).

by night—then aggravated.

arrow—that is, of enemies.

7, 8. The security is more valuable, as being special, and, therefore, evidently of God; and while ten thousands of the wicked fall, the righteous are in such safety that they only see the calamity.

9-12. This exemption from evil is the result of trust in God, who employs angels as ministering spirits (Heb 1:14).

13. Even the fiercest, strongest, and most insidious animals may be trampled on with impunity.

14-16. God Himself speaks (compare Ps 46:10; 75:2, 3). All the terms to express safety and peace indicate the most undoubting confidence (compare Ps 18:2; 20:1; 22:5).

set his love—that of the most ardent kind.

16. show him—literally, "make him see" (Ps 50:23; Lu 2:30).




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