Psalm 18:18
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New International Version
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.

New Living Translation
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me.

English Standard Version
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.

New American Standard Bible
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.

King James Bible
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the LORD was my support.

International Standard Version
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.

NET Bible
They confronted me in my day of calamity, but the LORD helped me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He went before me in the day of my adversity and has been to me, Lord Jehovah, The Savior.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On the day when I faced disaster, they confronted me, but the LORD came to my defense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They were ready for me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my staff.

King James 2000 Bible
They confronted me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

American King James Version
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

American Standard Version
They came upon me in the day of my calamity; But Jehovah was my stay.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They prevented me in the day of my affliction: and the Lord became my protector.

Darby Bible Translation
They encountered me in the day of my calamity, but Jehovah was my stay.

English Revised Version
They came upon me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

Webster's Bible Translation
They attacked me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

World English Bible
They came on me in the day of my calamity, but Yahweh was my support.

Young's Literal Translation
They go before me in a day of my calamity And Jehovah is for a support to me.
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 18. - They prevented me in the day of my calamity (comp. 1 Samuel 23:13-15; 1 Samuel 24:1-3; 1 Samuel 26:1-4, etc.). But the Lord was my Stay. God frustrated all the designs of David's foes, and prevented him from falling into their hands.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They prevented me in the day of my calamity,.... Referring to the times of his distress in the garden and upon the cross; the time of his sufferings and death, which was a dark and cloudy day, as the word (x) used suggests, both in a literal and in a spiritual sense; and when the day and hour was come, fixed and determined by the will of God, then his enemies, though not before, met him, laid hold on him, were too mighty for him, condemned, crucified, and insulted him;

but the Lord was my stay; or staff, on whom he leaned, relied, and depended, believing he would help him; and by whom he was supported and upheld, Isaiah 42:1. The Targum is,

"the Word of the Lord was my stay.''

(x) "in the day of my cloudy calamity", Ainsworth; "nomen" "proprie signifient vaporem vel nubem, ut Genesis 7.6. hinc per metaphoram transfertur ad obscuras ac terrificas calamitatum nebulas, Prov. i. 26.", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. prevented—(Ps 18:3).

Psalm 18:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
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. 19He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Treasury of Scripture

They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

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Deuteronomy 32:34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?

2 Samuel 22:19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

Jeremiah 18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will …

Obadiah 1:10-14 For your violence against your brother Jacob shame shall cover you, …

Zechariah 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: …

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Psalm 46:1,2,11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

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

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