Psalm 18:28
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New International Version
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

New Living Translation
You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.

English Standard Version
For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.

New American Standard Bible
For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

King James Bible
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.

International Standard Version
For you, LORD, make my lamp shine; my God enlightens my darkness.

NET Bible
Indeed, you are my lamp, LORD. My God illuminates the darkness around me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will light my lamp, Lord Jehovah; my God will enlighten my darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, you light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou wilt light my fire: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
For you will light my lamp: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

American King James Version
For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

American Standard Version
For thou wilt light my lamp: Jehovah my God will lighten my darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: O my God enlighten my darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
For it is thou that makest my lamp to shine: Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness.

English Revised Version
For thou wilt light my lamp: the LORD my God will lighten my darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

World English Bible
For you will light my lamp, Yahweh. My God will light up my darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou -- Thou lightest my lamp, Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:20-28 Those that forsake the ways of the Lord, depart from their God. But though conscious to ourselves of many a false step, let there not be a wicked departure from our God. David kept his eye upon the rule of God's commands. Constant care to keep from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us, proves that we are upright before God. Those who show mercy to others, even they need mercy. Those who are faithful to God, shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. The words of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on, and very sweet to be delighted in. Those who resist God, and walk contrary to him, shall find that he will walk contrary to them, Le 26:21-24. The gracious recompence of which David spoke, may generally be expected by those who act from right motives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror to the proud; Thou wilt bring down high looks. And he speaks encouragement to himself; Thou wilt light my candle: thou wilt revive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way, that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light my candle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee. Let those that walk in darkness, and labour under discouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light to them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 28-45. - As in the former narrative section (vers. 4-24) David seems to have had his earlier troubles in mind, so, in the present one, his troubles since he entered upon the kingdom seem especially to engage his thoughts. These consisted chiefly of wars with foreign enemies, in which, while he incurred many dangers, he was, upon the whole, eminently successful. Verse 28. - For thou wilt light my candle; rather, my lamp - the word generally used of the lamps supported by the seven-branched candelabrum of the tabernacle (see Exodus 25:37; Exodus 37:22, 23; Exodus 40:25). David himself is called "the lamp of Israel" in 2 Samuel 21:17. The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. The true lamp of David, which "enlightened his darkness," was "the light of God's countenance." While this shone upon him, his whole path was bright, and he himself, reflecting the Divine rays, was a lamp to others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou wilt light my candle,.... Or lamp (d): in 2 Samuel 22:29, it is, "Thou art my lamp, O Lord"; which may either design outward prosperity, and the flourishing condition of David's kingdom; or internal spiritual light, and an increase of it, by giving fresh supplies of the oil of grace, to cause the lamp to burn more clearly; or rather the prosperous estate of Christ's kingdom; and may be the same with the lamp ordained for the Messiah, Psalm 132:17;

the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness; or "cause light to shine in my darkness" (e); that is, bring me out of darkness into light; either out of adversity to prosperity, or from walking in darkness to the enjoyment of the light of his countenance; and is true of Christ, not only of the prosperity of his kingdom and interest, but of him personally; who though, when on the cross, was in darkness of soul, being forsaken by his God; yet, when raised from the dead, he was received up to heaven, and set down at the right hand of God, and was made full of joy with his countenance, Acts 2:28.

(d) "lucernam meam", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. (e) So Gussetius, Comment. Ebr. p. 495.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. To give one light is to make prosperous (Job 18:5, 6; 21:17).

thou—is emphatic, as if to say, I can fully confide in Thee for help.

Psalm 18:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
27For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase. 28For You light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness. 29For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.…
Cross References
1 Kings 15:4
Nevertheless, for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.

Job 18:6
The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.

Psalm 13:3
Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

Psalm 27:1
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

Psalm 132:17
"Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
Treasury of Scripture

For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

thou wilt

Psalm 112:4 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Job 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be …

Job 29:3 When his candle shined on my head, and when by his light I walked …

candle. or, lamp

Psalm 132:17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp …

2 Samuel 22:29 For you are my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.

1 Kings 11:36 And to his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have …

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward …

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake …

my God

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which …

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

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