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

King James Bible
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

American Standard Version
O Israel, trust thou in Jehovah: He is their help and their shield.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The house of Israel hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper and their protector.

English Revised Version
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Webster's Bible Translation
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Psalm 115:9 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet, with "And our God," in the name of Israel opposes the scornful question of the heathen by the believingly joyous confession of the exaltation of Jahve above the false gods. Israel's God is in the heavens, and is therefore supramundane in nature and life, and the absolutely unlimited One, who is able to do all things with a freedom that is conditioned only by Himself: quod vult, valet (Psalm 115:3 equals Psalm 135:6, Wisd. 12:18, and frequently). The carved gods (עצב, from עצב, cogn. חצב, קצב) of the heathen, on the contrary, are dead images, which are devoid of all life, even of the sensuous life the outward organs of which are imagined upon them. It cannot be proved with Ecclesiastes 5:16 that ידיהם and רגליחם are equivalent to ידים להם, רגלים. They are either subjects which the Waw apodosis cf. Genesis 22:24; Proverbs 23:24; Habakkuk 2:5) renders prominent, or casus absoluti (Ges. ֗145, 2), since both verbs have the idols themselves as their subjects less on account of their gender (יד and רגל are feminine, but the Hebrew usage of genders is very free and not carried out uniformly) as in respect of Psalm 115:7: with reference to their hands, etc. ימישׁוּן is the energetic future form, which goes over from משׁשׁ into מוּשׁ, for ימשּׁוּ. It is said once again in Psalm 115:7 that speech is wanting to them; for the other negations only deny life to them, this at the same time denies all personality. The author might know from his own experience how little was the distinction made by the heathen worship between the symbol and the thing symbolized. Accordingly the worship of idols seems to him, as to the later prophets, to be the extreme of self-stupefaction and of the destruction of human consciousness; and the final destiny of the worshippers of false gods, as he says in Psalm 115:8, is, that they become like to their idols, that is to say, being deprived of their consciousness, life, and existence, they come to nothing, like those their nothingnesses (Isaiah 44:9). This whole section of the Psalm is repeated in Psalm 135 (Psalm 115:6, Psalm 115:15).

Psalm 115:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Israel

Psalm 118:2-4 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endures for ever...

Psalm 135:19,20 Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron...

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people...

trust

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Psalm 130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

Psalm 146:5,6 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God...

Jeremiah 17:17,18 Be not a terror to me: you are my hope in the day of evil...

Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

their help

Psalm 33:20,21 Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield...

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help...

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs."

Psalm 33:20
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 84:9
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

Psalm 118:2
Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

Psalm 135:19
O house of Israel, bless the LORD! O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!

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