New International Version
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
New Living Translation
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
English Standard Version
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
New American Standard Bible
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
King James Bible
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD.
International Standard Version
Wait on the LORD. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the LORD!
Rely on the LORD! Be strong and confident! Rely on the LORD!
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hope in Lord Jehovah, and your hearts will be strengthened; hope in Lord Jehovah!
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Wait on the LORD; Be strong, and let thy heart take courage; Yea, wait thou for the LORD.
New American Standard 1977
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong, and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
27:7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.
Verse 14. - Wait on the Lord. This is an exhortation, not to others, but to himself (comp. Psalm 62:5; and see also Psalm 42:5, 11; Psalm 43:5). His stronger self exhorts his weaker self not to despair, but to wait upon God - to tarry, i.e., the Lord's leisure - and, meanwhile to be of good courage; or, be strong (comp. Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:6; 1 Chronicles 22:13), as the phrase is elsewhere generally translated. "Be strong," he says to himself, and he (i.e. God) shall strengthen thine heart. "Aide-tot, le ciel l'aidera." Make an effort to be strong, and the strength will be given thee, as thou makest it. Then in this strength, thus given, continue till waiting - Wait, I say, on the Lord.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Wait on the Lord,.... This, with what follows, is spoken by the psalmist either to himself or to others, or it may be to both, upon the rich experience he declares in Psalm 27:13, it becomes believers to wait on the Lord for the common blessings of life, for even the eyes of all wait upon him for their daily food; and for the light of his countenance, when it is withdrawn from them, for he will return again at the set time; and for answers of prayer, which will be given sooner or later; and for the performance of his promises, which are yea and amen in Christ: they should wait upon him in his house and ordinances constantly, with reverence and godly fear; they should wait upon him as servants on their masters, observe his orders, and diligently execute them; and, as beggars for their alms, they should knock and wait at Wisdom's gates, tell their case and wait, take repulses and wait, and, when they succeed, give thanks. It is good to wait upon the Lord; many are the favours and blessings such receive now, and eye has not seen what God has prepared for them that wait for him;
be of good courage; the saints have need of courage, considering the enemies they have to grapple with; the corruptions of their own hearts, the enemies of a man's own house; the worst of all, Satan, and his principalities and powers; and men of the world, and a world of them: and they have great reason, notwithstanding, be of good courage, since God is for them; Christ is the Captain of their salvation; the Holy Spirit, that is in them, is greater than he that is in the world; angels encamp around them; they are provided with the whole armour of God; they are engaged in a good cause, are sure of victory, and shall wear the crown of righteousness; and it follows,
and he shall strengthen thine heart; that is, the Lord will do it, as he has promised to them that wait on him, Isaiah 40:31; or "let thine heart be strengthened": as the Septuagint render it; and so the Chaldee paraphrase, "strengthen thine heart"; taking it for an exhortation; as indeed it seems to be by what goes before and follows; see Joshua 1:6;
wait, I say, on the Lord; this is repeated, to express the importance of this duty, and to encourage to it.
The Treasury of David
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
"Wait on the Lord." Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy. Suitors often win nothing but the cold shoulder from earthly patrons after long and obsequious waiting; he speeds best whose patron is in the skies. "Be of good courage." A soldier's motto. Be it mine. Courage we shall need, and for the exercise of it we have as much reason as necessity, if we are soldiers of King Jesus. "And he shall strengthen thine heart." He can lay the plaister right upon the weak place. Let the heart be strengthened, and the whole machine of humanity is filled with power; a strong heart makes a strong arm. What strength is this which God himself gives to the heart? Read the "Book of Martyrs," and see its glorious deeds of prowess; go to God rather, and get such power thyself. "Wait, I say, on the Lord." David, in the words "I say," sets his own private seal to the word which, as an inspired man, he had been moved to write. It is his testimony as well as the command of God, and indeed he who writes these scanty notes has himself found it so sweet, so reviving, so profitable to draw near to God, that on his own account he also feels bound to write, "Wait, I say, on the Lord."
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
14. Wait, etc.—in confident expectation. The last clause is, literally, "and wait," etc., as if expecting new measures of help.
Psalm 27:14 Additional Commentaries
The Lord is My Salvation
…13I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
1 Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."
Ten days later the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them-- all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.
Treasury of Scripture
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