Psalm 27:3
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New International Version
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

New Living Translation
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

English Standard Version
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.

New American Standard Bible
Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.

King James Bible
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident.

International Standard Version
If an army encamps against me, my heart will not fear. If a war is launched against me, I will even trust in that situation.

NET Bible
Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If an army encamps against me, my heart is not afraid; if war shall rise against me, in this I am confident.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though an army sets up camp against me, my heart will not be afraid. Even though a war breaks out against me, I will still have confidence [in the LORD].

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

King James 2000 Bible
Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

American King James Version
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

American Standard Version
Though a host should encamp against me, My heart shall not fear: Though war should rise against me, Even then will I be confident.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident.

Darby Bible Translation
If a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; if war rise against me, in this will I be confident.

English Revised Version
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, even then will I be confident.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

World English Bible
Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, even then I will be confident.

Young's Literal Translation
Though a host doth encamp against me, My heart doth not fear, Though war riseth up against me, In this I am confident.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. In the first burst of joy at his recent victory, the 'host" which remains unconquered seems of light account - let them advance - let them "encamp against him" - his heart will not be afraid; but when the joy has had full vent, there is a reaction; the enemies then appear more formidable, and God's aid is besought against them (see vers. 9-12). Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. "In this" may be either "in the fact that the Lord is my Light and my Salvation" (ver. 1), or "in case of such an event as war and attack on the part of the enemy."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Though an host should encamp against me,.... An host of the ungodly, as the Targum; though ever so many of them, even ten thousands of them, as in Psalm 3:6; should beset him on every side;

my heart shall not fear; for not only the angels of the Lord encamped about him, as they do about all that fear the Lord; but salvation was appointed for walls and bulwarks about him; yea, the Lord himself was a wall of fire around him, and he was kept as in a garrison by the power of God;

though war should rise against me: in all its terrible shapes:

in this will I be confident; either in this war, in the midst of it; or in this that he had expressed, Psalm 27:1; that the Lord was his light, his salvation, and the strength of his life; so the Jewish writers (e): or as others (f), in this one thing, desired in Psalm 27:4; but either of the former senses is best, especially the latter of them. Saints need not be afraid, though there is a war within them between the flesh and spirit; and though without are fightings with Satan and his principalities and powers; since they may be confident of victory, and that they are more than conquerors, through Christ that has loved them.

(e) Jarchi, Kimchi, & Aben Ezra in loc. (f) Some in Aben Ezra in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. In the greatest dangers.

in this—that is, then, in such extremity.

Psalm 27:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Salvation
2When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. 3Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident. 4One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:48
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.

1 Samuel 23:17
"Don't be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."

Job 4:6
Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

Job 11:15
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.

Psalm 3:6
I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
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