Psalm 21:2
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New International Version
You have granted him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.

New Living Translation
For you have given him his heart's desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude

English Standard Version
You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

New American Standard Bible
You have given him his heart's desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

King James Bible
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have given him his heart's desire and have not denied the request of his lips. Selah

International Standard Version
You have granted him the desire of his heart, and have not withheld what his lips requested. Interlude

NET Bible
You grant him his heart's desire; you do not refuse his request. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have given him the desire of his heart and you have not denied him the preparation of his lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You gave him his heart's desire. You did not refuse the prayer from his lips. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, And the request of his lips Thou hast not withholden. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire,
            And Thou hast not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast given him his heart's desire and hast not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

American King James Version
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

American Standard Version
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, And hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast given him his heart's desire: end hast not withholden from him the will of his lips.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

English Revised Version
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

World English Bible
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
The desire of his heart Thou gavest to him, And the request of his lips Thou hast not withheld. Selah.
Study Bible
The King Rejoices in Your Strength!
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! 2You have given him his heart's desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. 3For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:8
Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

Psalm 20:4
May He grant you your heart's desire And fulfill all your counsel!

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 145:19
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

Daniel 2:23
"To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and power; Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You, For You have made known to us the king's matter."
Treasury of Scripture

You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.

Psalm 2:8,9 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, …

Psalm 20:4,5 Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfill all your counsel…

Psalm 92:11 My eye also shall see my desire on my enemies, and my ears shall …

Isaiah 49:6-12 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

(2) Request.--The Hebrew word occurs nowhere else, but is connected with a root, to be poor, and, therefore, in want. The "not" is emphatic: "And the request of his lips thou hast by no means withheld." The mention in Psalm 21:4 of a prayer for long life, or perhaps, rather, continuance of life, suggests that this "request" was uttered in sickness. On the other hand the general tone of the psalm connects it with a victory.

Verse 2. - Thou hast given him his heart' s desire (comp. Psalm 20:4, "Grant thee according to thine own heart"). And hast not withholden the request of his lips. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." The deliverance from his enemies, which David had earnestly desired in his heart, he had also devoutly requested with his lips (Psalm 20:1, 5). Selah. The pause here may have been for the presentation of a thank-offering. Thou hast given him his heart's desire,.... Which the church had prayed for in Psalm 20:4; whatever Christ's heart desired, or his lips requested, has been given him;

and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Whatever he asked in the council and covenant of peace was granted; he asked for all the elect, as his spouse and bride; these were the desire of his heart and eyes, and they were given him; he asked for all the blessings of grace for them, and all grace was given to them in him; he asked for glory, for eternal life, and it was promised him; and not only the promise of it was put into his hand, but the thing itself; see Psalm 2:8, 1 John 5:11; and Psalm 20:4; whatever he requested of his Father, when here on earth, was granted; he always heard him; that memorable prayer of his in John 17:1 is heard and answered, both in what respects himself, his own glorification, and the conversion, sanctification, union, preservation, and glorification of his people; whatever he now desires and requests in heaven, as the advocate and intercessor for his saints, is ever fulfilled; which is an instance of the great regard Jehovah has unto him, and may be considered as a reason of his joy in him.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2. 2. The sentiment affirmed in the first clause is reaffirmed by the negation of its opposite in the second.21:1-6 Happy the people whose king makes God's strength his confidence, and God's salvation his joy; who is pleased with all the advancements of God kingdom, and trusts God to support him in all he does for the service of it. All our blessings are blessings of goodness, and are owing, not to any merit of ours, but only to God's goodness. But when God's blessings come sooner, and prove richer than we imagine; when they are given before we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay, when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that he prevented, or went before us, with them. Nothing indeed prevented, or went before Christ, but to mankind never was any favour more preventing than our redemption by Christ. Thou hast made him to be a universal, everlasting blessing to the world, in whom the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed; and so thou hast made him exceeding glad with the countenance thou hast given to his undertaking, and to him in the prosecution of it. The Spirit of prophecy rises from what related to the king, to that which is peculiar to Christ; none other is blessed for ever, much less a blessing for ever.
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