Psalm 18:35
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New International Version
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.

New Living Translation
You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.

English Standard Version
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.

New American Standard Bible
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

King James Bible
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand upholds me, and Your humility exalts me.

International Standard Version
You have given to me the shield of your deliverance, and your right hand holds me up; your gentleness made me great.

NET Bible
You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have given me a shield of salvation; your right hand will comfort me and your discipline will make me great.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand supports me. Your gentleness makes me great.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the same manner thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand will hold me up, and thy meekness shall multiply me.

King James 2000 Bible
You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great.

American King James Version
You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great.

American Standard Version
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; And thy right hand hath holden me up, And thy gentleness hath made me great.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath held me up: And thy discipline hath corrected me unto the end: and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou didst give me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand held me up; and thy condescending gentleness hath made me great.

English Revised Version
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath held me up and thy gentleness hath made me great.

World English Bible
You have also given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand sustains me. Your gentleness has made me great.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou givest to me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand doth support me, And Thy lowliness maketh me great.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:32, and the following verses, are the gifts of God to the spiritual warrior, whereby he is prepared for the contest, after the example of his victorious Leader. Learn that we must seek release being made through Christ, shall be rejected. In David the type, we behold out of trouble through Christ. The prayer put up, without reconciliation Jesus our Redeemer, conflicting with enemies, compassed with sorrows and with floods of ungodly men, enduring not only the pains of death, but the wrath of God for us; yet calling upon the Father with strong cries and tears; rescued from the grave; proceeding to reconcile, or to put under his feet all other enemies, till death, the last enemy, shall be destroyed. We should love the Lord, our Strength, and our Salvation; we should call on him in every trouble, and praise him for every deliverance; we should aim to walk with him in all righteousness and true holiness, keeping from sin. If we belong to him, he conquers and reigns for us, and we shall conquer and reign through him, and partake of the mercy of our anointed King, which is promised to all his seed for evermore. Amen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation; i.e. in battle thou extendest over me the shield of thy protection. Nothing was more common in ancient warfare than for a warrior, while he was engaged in using his offensive weapons, especially the bow, to be protected from the missiles of the enemy by a comrade who held a shield before him. The Assyrian kings were constantly thus defended in battle, and it was even common for an ordinary archer to be similarly guarded (see ' Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 2. pp. 30, 32, 33, for illustrations). And thy right hand hath holden me up. The "right hand" is always spoken of as the arm of greatest strength (comp. Psalm 44:3; Psalm 45:4; Psalm 48:10; Psalm 60:5, etc.). And thy gentleness hath made me great; rather, thy condescension (Kay) - the quality in God which most nearly corresponds to humility in man. The word is not elsewhere used of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou hast given me the shield of thy salvation,.... Meaning either temporal salvation, which was a shield to him when he had no outward one, as when he fought with Goliath; and was what preserved him in all his battles at other times: or spiritual salvation, which is of the Lord, of his contriving, effecting:, and applying, and in which his glory is concerned; interest in which is a free gift of his, as are the knowledge, application, and possession of it; and this is as a shield, which saves from sin, from all sin, and the damning power of it; keeps off the curses of the law, secures from wrath to come, and repels Satan's temptations; the words may be applied to Christ, who, though he was not saved from dying, yet was preserved in the day of salvation, and was not suffered to see corruption in the grave, and was quickly delivered from the power and dominion of it;

and thy right hand hath holden me up; Christ may be said to be the right hand of God, being as dear to him as his right hand; and being exalted at it; and because by him he communicates all good things to his people, and with him upholds and sustains them; or else it designs the mighty power of God, which is often signified by it, Psalm 20:6; and may be understood of the sustentation of David, both in a providential way, with respect to his being, the preservation of it, the supplies of life, and support in times of trouble and distress; and in a spiritual sense, maintaining the principle of grace in him, furnishing him with fresh supplies of grace, and bearing him up under and through every temptation and exercise; so upholding him that he stood firm in the true grace of God, in the exercise of it implanted, and in the doctrine of grace, so as to go forward in the ways of God, and follow hard after him, and so as not to fall and utterly perish; and which is true of all the saints; see Psalm 63:8. The words may be interpreted of Christ, who, as man and Mediator, as God's righteous servant, was upheld by him, so that he failed not, nor was he discouraged; the hand of the Lord was established with him, and his arm also strengthened him, Isaiah 42:1; this clause is not in 2 Samuel 22:36;

and thy gentleness hath made me great; David was very mean and low by his birth and occupation, and while persecuted by Saul; but God of his grace and goodness, of his sovereign good will and pleasure, raised him to an high estate, set him on the throne of Israel, and gave him honour among and above the kings of the earth; so Kimchi interprets the word for "gentleness" by "goodness" or "merciful" kindness; R. Jonah by "providence"; and R. Isaac explains it "thy help and good will"; and all shows that his greatness was not owing to his merits, but to the providential goodness of God; and his special grace and mercy in Christ Jesus made him still greater, even a child of God, an heir of God, a joint heir with Christ, a King and a Priest unto God; gave him a right unto and a meetness for a crown of glory, an everlasting kingdom, an eternal inheritance, as it does all the saints. The words may be rendered, "thy humility hath made me great" (p); which may be understood either of God's humbling himself to look upon him in his low estate, and to raise him to such honour and dignity as he did, both in a temporal and spiritual sense; see Psalm 113:6; or of the humility which he had in himself from God, as Aben Ezra interprets it; of which grace God is the author; it is a fruit of the Spirit; which he takes great notice of, gives more grace to them that have it, and exalts them, as he did David, who was mean and low in his own eyes. The Septuagint, and those versions which follow that, render it "thy discipline" or "correction": and so may design the gentleness and lenity of God in chastising his people, which is always in measure and in judgment, and for their good; whereby he increases grace in them, and trains them up for, and brings them to his kingdom and glory. The Chaldee paraphrase is, "by thy word thou hast increased me"; it may not be improperly interpreted of Christ, who was very low in his estate of humiliation on earth, but is now highly exalted, and crowned with glory and honour; who first endured great sufferings, and then entered into his glory.

(p) "mansuetudo tua", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus; "thy meekness", Ainsworth; "sumitur pro humilitate seu mansuetudine", Zeph. ii. 3. Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. thy gentleness—as applied to God—condescension—or that which He gives, in the sense of humility (compare Pr 22:4).

Psalm 18:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
34He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great. 36You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.…
Cross References
Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 63:8
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 71:21
You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.

Psalm 89:21
My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.

Psalm 119:117
Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

Psalm 138:6
Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Treasury of Scripture

You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great.

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Psalm 5:12 For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor will you compass …

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the …

2 Samuel 22:36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness …

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Psalm 17:7 Show your marvelous loving kindness…

Psalm 45:3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

gentleness. or, with thy meekness thou hast multiplied me

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Isaiah 22:3 All your rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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