Psalm 17:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

New Living Translation
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

English Standard Version
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

New American Standard Bible
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings

King James Bible
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Protect me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings

International Standard Version
Protect me as the most precious part of the eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings

NET Bible
Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! Hide me in the shadow of your wings!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep me like the pupil of the eye and in the shadow of your wings, hide me

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Guard me as if I were the pupil in your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me with the shadow of thy wings,

King James 2000 Bible
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

American King James Version
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

American Standard Version
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Douay-Rheims Bible
From them that resist thy right hand keep me, as the apple of thy eye. Protect me under the shadow of thy wings.

Darby Bible Translation
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

English Revised Version
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Webster's Bible Translation
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shade of thy wings.

World English Bible
Keep me as the apple of your eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Young's Literal Translation
Keep me as the apple, the daughter of the eye; In shadow of Thy wings thou dost hide me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:8-15 Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keep him in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would be preserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of his humiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, and is a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their souls to God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. They are God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which he will sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are his hand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing from God's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, when we are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon, and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on the things of this world as the best things; and they look no further, nor show any care to provide for another life. The things of this world are called treasures, they are so accounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternal blessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need not envy the most prosperous men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness, having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we by faith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When we awake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness set before us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us by his renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall be put in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out of its slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towards us, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Keep me as the apple of the eye (comp. Deuteronomy 32. ]0, where the same simile is used). Here, however, the expression employed is still more tender and more practical: "Keep me," says David," as the apple, daughter of the eye." Hide me under the shadow of thy wings. This seems also to be a reminiscence of Deuteronomy, where, after the mention of the "apple of the eye," the water continues, As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him" (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12; comp. further Psalm 36:7; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 63:8; Psalm 91:4).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Keep me as the apple of the eye,.... Which is weak and tender, and is hurt and put to pain, and made uneasy by every little thing that annoys it, and than which nothing is more dear to a man, or he is more careful of preserving from being hurt; and fitly represents the weak estate and condition of God's people, his affection for them, and tender care of them; who as he has provided tunics for the eye, and guarded it with eyebrows, so he has taken care for the safety of his dear children, Deuteronomy 32:10;

hide me under the shadow of thy wings; alluding either to the wings of the cherubim over the mercy seat, where God granted his presence; so the Targum paraphrases it,

"under the shadow of thy Shechinah hide me;''

or to birds, who cover their young ones with their wings to save them from birds of prey; see Psalm 91:1. From such passages perhaps the Heathens had their notion of presenting their gods with wings (f).

(f) Vid. Cuperi Apotheos. Homer. p. 169, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Similar figures, denoting the preciousness of God's people in His sight, in De 32:10, 11; Mt 23:37.

Psalm 17:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear, O Lord, My Righteous Plee
7Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them. 8Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings 9From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:24
"'"The LORD bless you and keep you;

Deuteronomy 32:10
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

Ruth 2:12
May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."

Psalm 16:1
A miktam of David. Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.

Psalm 27:5
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 57:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave. Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 61:4
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Psalm 63:7
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

Zechariah 2:8
For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you--for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye--
Treasury of Scripture

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

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Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; …

Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

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Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 61:4 I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert …

Psalm 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings …

Psalm 91:1,4 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that …

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