Psalm 18:17
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New International Version
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

New Living Translation
He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.

English Standard Version
He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

New American Standard Bible
He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

King James Bible
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.

International Standard Version
He delivered me from my strong enemies, from those who hated me because they were stronger than I.

NET Bible
He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he delivered me from my mighty enemies, and from those hating me who were stronger than I.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, because they were too strong for me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, even though they were too strong for me.

King James 2000 Bible
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them who hated me: for they were too strong for me.

American King James Version
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

American Standard Version
He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from them that hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

Darby Bible Translation
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me; for they were mightier than I.

English Revised Version
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

Webster's Bible Translation
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them who hated me: for they were too strong for me.

World English Bible
He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

Young's Literal Translation
He delivereth me from my strong enemy, And from those hating me, For they have been stronger than I.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - He delivered me from my strong enemy. This is generally understood of Saul. By the defeat of Gilboa, and its consequences (1 Samuel 31:1-4), God delivered David from the peril of death which hung over him so long as Saul lived. And from them which hated me. David's enemies among the courtiers of Saul were powerless without their master. Many, probably, fell in the battle; the rest sank into obscurity. For they were too strong for me. I must have succumbed to them had not God helped me.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He delivered me from my strong enemy,.... Which, as it may respect David, may be understood of Goliath the Philistine champion, who was a man of war from his youth; or Saul, king of Israel; and, as it may respect David's antitype, may design either the chief priests, Scribes, and Pharisees, who were men of power and influence; or more especially Satan, the strong man armed, with all his principalities and powers; or, likewise death, the last enemy, from whose pains and cords he was loosed when raised from the dead, and when he was delivered from every other strong enemy;

and from them which hated me; from the old serpent the devil, between whom and him there has been a lasting enmity; and from the world, the people of the Jews, particularly the Pharisees, who bore an implacable hatred to Christ;

for they were too strong for me; as Goliath and Saul were too strong for David of himself, so Christ's enemies were too strong for him; not as God, for he is the mighty God, the Almighty, and stronger than the strong man armed, but as man; for in his human nature he had a sinless weakness, which showed itself in his agonies in the garden; or a natural weakness, through which he was crucified; and this weak nature of Christ Satan attacked, and got an advantage over, and brought it to the dust of death, which is meant by his bruising his heel, though by it he got a broken head. But though Christ's enemies were too strong for him, considered merely as man, they not being, at least many of them, flesh and blood, but principalities and powers; yet being helped by his Father, and supported by his divine nature, he overcame them, and was delivered from them.



Psalm 18:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
16He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. 17He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. 18They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.…
Cross References
Psalm 35:10
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."

Psalm 38:19
Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me without reason are numerous.

Psalm 59:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. When Saul had sent men to watch David's house in order to kill him. Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.

Psalm 59:9
You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,

Psalm 142:6
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
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Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, …

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Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…

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