Psalm 131:2
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New International Version
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

New Living Translation
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother's milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

English Standard Version
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

New American Standard Bible
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.

King James Bible
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child.

International Standard Version
Instead, I have composed and quieted myself like a weaned child with its mother; I am like a weaned child.

NET Bible
Indeed I am composed and quiet, like a young child carried by its mother; I am content like the young child I carry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But my soul is humbled like one weaned of his mother, and my soul is like one weaned of me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, I have kept my soul calm and quiet. My soul is content as a weaned child is content in its mother's arms.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Rather I have quieted myself and caused my soul to become silent, that I might be as a child that is weaned of his mother, as one who is weaned from my own life.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

American King James Version
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

American Standard Version
Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child with his mother, Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul: As a child that is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Surely I have restrained and composed my soul, like a weaned child with its mother: my soul within me is as a weaned child.

English Revised Version
Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, my soul is with me like a weaned child.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself as a child that is weaned by his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

World English Bible
Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Young's Literal Translation
Have I not compared, and kept silent my soul, As a weaned one by its mother? As a weaned one by me is my soul.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

131:1-3 The psalmist's humility. Believers encouraged to trust in God. - The psalmist aimed at nothing high or great, but to be content in every condition God allotted. Humble saints cannot think so well of themselves as others think of them. The love of God reigning in the heart, will subdue self-love. Where there is a proud heart, there is commonly a proud look. To know God and our duty, is learning sufficiently high for us. It is our wisdom not to meddle with that which does not belong to us. He was well reconciled to every condition the Lord placed him in. He had been as humble as a little child about the age of weaning, and as far from aiming at high things; as entirely at God's disposal, as the child at the disposal of the mother or nurse. We must become as little children, Mt 18:3. Our hearts are desirous of worldly things, cry for them, and are fond of them; but, by the grace of God, a soul that is made holy, is weaned from these things. The child is cross and fretful while in the weaning; but in a day or two it cares no longer for milk, and it can bear stronger food. Thus does a converted soul quiet itself under the loss of what it loved, and disappointments in what it hoped for, and is easy whatever happens. When our condition is not to our mind, we must bring our mind to our condition; then we are easy to ourselves and all about us; then our souls are as a weaned child. And thus the psalmist recommends confidence in God, to all the Israel of God, from his own experience. It is good to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord under every trial.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Surely I have behaved and quieted myself; rather, I have stilled and quieted my soul. I have brought my soul into a state of peacefulness and content. As a child that is weaned of his mother. The weaned child is quiet and content; the suckling always impatient and restless. My soul is even as a weaned child. Another repetition for the sake of emphasis (see Psalm 130:5, 6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself,.... Or "my soul" (o); behaved quietly and peaceably towards all men, even his inferiors in Saul's court and elsewhere, and had given no tokens of a restless, turbulent, and ambitious spirit; as well as behaved patiently under all his troubles and afflictions, reproaches and calumnies: or "if I have not" (p), being in the form of an oath or imprecation, as Kimchi and Aben Ezra observe; if I have not thus behaved, let it come to me so and so, or let me be as a weaned child. Noldius renders it by way of interrogation, "have I not composed and quieted myself?" &c. The Targum is,

"if I have not put the hand to the mouth, and caused my soul to be silent, until it heard the words of the law;''

as a child that is weaned of his mother: and, for the further confirmation of it, it is added,

my soul is even as a weaned child; innocent and harmless, had no more ill designs against Saul than a weaned child; humble, meek, and lowly, and had no more aspiring and ambitious views than such an one; like that, weaned from the world, the riches, honours, pleasures, and profits of it; as well as from nature, from self, from his own righteousness, and from all dependence on it; and as a child that is weaned from the breast wholly depends on its nurse for sustenance, so did he wholly depend upon God, his providence, grace, and strength; and as to the kingdom, he had no more covetous desires after it than a weaned child has to the breast, and was very willing to wait the due time for the enjoyment of it. The Targum,

"as one weaned on the breasts of its mother, I am strengthened in the law.''

This is to be understood not of a child while weaning, when it is usually peevish, fretful, and froward; but when weaned, and is quiet and easy in its mother's arms without the breast.

(o) "animam meam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c. (p) "si non", Montanus; "male sit mihi si non", Tigurine version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Surely, &c.—The form is that of an oath or strongest assertion. Submission is denoted by the figure of a weaned child. As the child weaned by his mother from the breast, so I still the motions of pride in me (Mt 18:3, 4; Isa 11:8; 28:9). Hebrew children were often not weaned till three years old.

soul—may be taken for desire, which gives a more definite sense, though one included in the idea conveyed by the usual meaning, myself.

Psalm 131:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
I have Stilled My Soul
1A Song of Ascents, of David. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. 3O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.
Cross References
Matthew 18:3
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Psalm 62:1
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Isaiah 28:9
"Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?
Treasury of Scripture

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

quieted

Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation.

1 Samuel 24:10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered …

1 Samuel 25:34,33 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel lives, which has kept …

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning …

2 Samuel 15:25,26 And the king said to Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: …

2 Samuel 16:11,12 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, …

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning …

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation …

myself Heb. my soul

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

John 14:1,2 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me…

as a child

Matthew 18:3,4 And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become …

Mark 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God …

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

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