Psalm 18:44
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New International Version
foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

New Living Translation
As soon as they hear of me, they submit; foreign nations cringe before me.

English Standard Version
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.

New American Standard Bible
As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners submit to me.

King James Bible
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear, they obey me.

International Standard Version
When they hear of me, they will obey me; foreigners will submit to me.

NET Bible
When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. Foreigners are powerless before me;

New Heart English Bible
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When they hear they will listen to me; children of foreigners will submit themselves to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me. Foreigners will cringe in front of me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As soon as they hear of me, they obey me; The sons of the stranger dwindle away before me.

New American Standard 1977
As soon as they hear, they obey me;
            Foreigners submit to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me: the sons of strangers submitted themselves unto me even against their will.

King James 2000 Bible
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the foreigners shall submit themselves unto me.

American King James Version
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves to me.

American Standard Version
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me; The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A people, which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the ear they have obeyed me.

Darby Bible Translation
At the hearing of the ear, they obey me: strangers come cringing unto me.

English Revised Version
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves to me.

World English Bible
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

Young's Literal Translation
At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me, Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me,
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
43You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me. 44As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners submit to me. 45Foreigners fade away, And come trembling out of their fortresses.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
"Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places."

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

Psalm 81:15
"Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.

Psalm 144:7
Stretch forth Your hand from on high; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, Out of the hand of aliens

Psalm 144:11
Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, Whose mouth speaks deceit And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Treasury of Scripture

As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves to me.

As soon, etc. [Heb.] at the hearing of the ear

Romans 10:16,17 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

strangers [heb.] sons of the stranger

Psalm 66:3 Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness …

Psalm 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves to him: but …

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

2 Samuel 1:13 And David said to the young man that told him, From where are you? …

Isaiah 62:8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, …

Ezekiel 44:7 In that you have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised …

shall submit. or, yield feigned obedience [heb.] lie

Psalm 68:30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with …

Psalm 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves to him: but …

2 Samuel 22:44-46 You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have …

(44) As soon as--i.e., at the bare mention of my victories. An actual instance is recorded (2Samuel 8:9, seq.). For the expression, comp. Job 42:5.

The strangers shall.--See margin. More literally, come with flattery. In Samuel the two clauses are transposed and slightly varied.

Verse 44. - As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; literally, at the hearing of the ear. But the meaning is that given in the Authorized Version. The words aptly describe the conversion of the Gentiles (see Acts 10:34-48; Acts 13:48; Acts 17:11; Acts 18:8, etc.). The strangers shall submit themselves unto me; literally, the sons of the stranger shall pay court to me - not necessarily a false court, as Hengstenberg and others suppose, but, as Dr. Kay explains, an "obsequious and servile homage." As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me,.... That is, as soon as they should hear of Christ, through the preaching of the word, by which faith would come, they should readily and at once receive, embrace, and profess the Gospel, and yield a cheerful submission to the ordinances of it; and which has had its accomplishment among the Gentiles, Acts 28:28;

the strangers shall submit themselves unto me; meaning either the same persons as before; the Gentiles, who were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenant of promise, who should submit to Christ, to his Gospel, to his righteousness, and to the sceptre of his kingdom; though some interpret it of the degenerate Jews, "the sons of the stranger", as the words may be rendered; who, though called the children of God, and the children of the kingdom, yet were, as our Lord says, of their father the devil; and these, some of them, in a flattering and dissembling way, feigned themselves to be the followers and disciples of Christ: and, indeed, it looks as if hypocrites were intended, whether among Jews or Gentiles, or both, since the word here used, and rendered "submit", signifies to "lie"; and so it is in the metaphrase of Apollinarius; or, as in the margin of some Bibles, to "yield a feigned obedience"; see Psalm 66:3. There seems to be an allusion to the conquest of nations, some of the inhabitants of which readily and heartily submit, but others only feignedly, and through fear, and the force of superior power they cannot withstand. 44. submit, etc.—(compare Margin)—that is, show a forced subjection.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.
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