Psalm 116:6
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New International Version
The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.

New Living Translation
The LORD protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me.

English Standard Version
The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

King James Bible
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and He saved me.

International Standard Version
the LORD watches over the innocent; I was brought low, and he delivered me.

NET Bible
The LORD protects the untrained; I was in serious trouble and he delivered me.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD preserves the simple. I was brought low, and he saved me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He keeps the young children. Lord Jehovah humbled me and he saved me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD protects defenseless people. When I was weak, he saved me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD preserveth the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD preserves the simple;
            I was brought low, and He saved me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and he saved me.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

American King James Version
The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

American Standard Version
Jehovah preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he saved me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was little and he delivered me.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah keepeth the simple: I was brought low, and he saved me.

English Revised Version
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he saved me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

World English Bible
Yahweh preserves the simple. I was brought low, and he saved me.

Young's Literal Translation
A preserver of the simple is Jehovah, I was low, and to me He giveth salvation.
Study Bible
He Listens to My Voice
5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. 6The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. 7Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.…
Cross References
Psalm 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 79:8
Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low.

Psalm 142:6
"Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.

Proverbs 1:4
To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

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Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on you.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

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Psalm 79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let your tender mercies …

Psalm 106:43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their …

Psalm 142:6 Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; …

(6) The simple.--Inexperienced, in a good sense, as often in Proverbs. LXX. and Vulg., "babes."

Brought low.--See Note, Psalm 30:2.

Verse 6. - The Lord preserveth the simple; i.e. "the simple-minded" - those who are without guile or artifice (comp. Psalm 19:7). I was brought low. The same verb is used here as in Isaiah 38:14, where it is translated "fail" ("mine eyes fail"). It expresses extreme weakness, or exhaustion. And he helped me; or, "saved me" (comp. Isaiah 38:20). The Lord preserveth the simple,.... Such as have but a small degree of understanding, either in things natural or spiritual, in comparison of others; babes, as the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render it, so in the Talmud (i); see Matthew 11:25. Such who are sensible of their lack of wisdom, and what they have they do not lean unto or trust in, but being sensible of their weakness commit themselves to the Lord; they are sincere and upright, harmless and inoffensive, artless and incautious, and so easily imposed upon by designing men; but the Lord preserves them, as from sin, from a total and final falling away by it, so from gross errors and heresies; he preserves them from the snares and pollutions of the world, and from the temptations of Satan, so as not to be overcome with them; he preserves them by his Spirit, power, and grace, safe to his kingdom and glory.

I was brought low and he helped me; the psalmist returns to his own case, and gives an instance of the divine goodness in himself; he had been brought low by affliction of body, by distress of enemies, through want of the necessaries and conveniences of life; he had been brought low as to spiritual things, through the weakness of grace, the prevalence of corruption, the temptations of Satan, and the hidings of God's face; but the Lord helped him to bear up under all this; he put underneath his everlasting arms, and upheld him with the right hand of his righteousness; he helped him out of his low estate, and delivered him out of all his troubles, when none else could; when things were at the greatest extremity, and he in the utmost distress, just ready to go down into silence and dwell there, Psalm 94:17. The Targum is,

"he looked upon me to redeem me.''

(i) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 110. 2.116:1-9 We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are most affected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deep distress. When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of his state, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath of God, then he finds trouble and sorrow. But let all such call upon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find him gracious and true to his promise. Neither ignorance nor guilt will hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in the Lord. Let us all speak of God as we have found him; and have we ever found him otherwise than just and good? It is of his mercies that we are not consumed. Let those who labour and are heavy laden come to him, that they may find rest to their souls; and if at all drawn from their rest, let them haste to return, remembering how bountifully the Lord has dealt with them. We should deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. It is a great mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-much sorrow. It is a great mercy for God to hold us by the right hand, so that we are not overcome and overthrown by a temptation. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverance from sin and sorrow will be complete; we shall behold the glory of the Lord, and walk in his presence with delight we cannot now conceive.
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