Psalm 28:9
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New International Version
Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

New Living Translation
Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.

English Standard Version
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

New American Standard Bible
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

King James Bible
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Save Your people, bless Your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.

International Standard Version
Deliver your people and bless your inheritance! Shepherd them and lift them up forever!

NET Bible
Deliver your people! Empower the nation that belongs to you! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times!

New Heart English Bible
Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save your people and bless your inheritance; shepherd them and lead them unto eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Save your people, and bless those who belong to you. Be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; And tend them, and carry them for ever.

New American Standard 1977
Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance;
            Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Save thy people and bless thine inheritance; feed them also and lift them up for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever.

American King James Version
Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

American Standard Version
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: Be their shepherd also, and bear them up for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Save, O Lord, thy people, and bless thy inheritance: and rule them and exalt them for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance; and feed them, and lift them up for ever.

English Revised Version
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and bear them up for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
Save thy people, and bless thy inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

World English Bible
Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, And feed them, and carry them to the age!

Study Bible
The Lord is My Strength
8The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed. 9Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.
Cross References
Numbers 6:24
The LORD bless you, and keep you;

Deuteronomy 1:31
and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.'

Deuteronomy 9:29
'Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.'

Deuteronomy 32:9
"For the LORD'S portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.

1 Kings 8:51
(for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace),

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

Psalm 78:71
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.

Psalm 80:1
For the choir director; set to El Shoshannim; Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph. Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!

Psalm 106:40
Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people And He abhorred His inheritance.

Psalm 106:47
Save us, O LORD our God, And gather us from among the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name And glory in Your praise.
Treasury of Scripture

Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Save

Psalm 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD …

Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 80:14-19 Return, we beseech you, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and …

Jeremiah 31:7 For thus said the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among …

bless

Deuteronomy 9:29 Yet they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought …

2 Samuel 21:3 Why David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and with …

1 Kings 8:51,53 For they be your people, and your inheritance, which you brought …

Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all …

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

feed. or, rule

Psalm 78:71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob …

2 Samuel 7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of …

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

Ezekiel 34:23,24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Micah 5:2,4 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Micah 7:14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which …

Matthew 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the …

lift

Ezra 1:4 And whoever remains in any place where he sojournes, let the men …

(9) Feed . . . lift them up.--These words suggest comparison with Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 63:9. The incorporation of this petition in the Te Deum is one of those interesting facts that link the Christian worship with the Jewish.

Verse 9. - Save thy people, and bless thins inheritance. "In conclusion, the psalmist prays that the Lord would do eternally that which he had done now" (Hengstenberg) - "save" and "bless" his people - keep them from evil, and give them all that is good. Feed them also. As a shepherd does his flock (comp. Psalm 23:1, 2, Isaiah 40:11). And lift them up for ever. Some explain the" lifting up" as carrying in his arms over rough places - a prolongation of the shepherd metaphor (Kay; 'Speaker's Commentary'); but, perhaps, the more ordinary meaning of the Hebrew word - "exalt," "lift up on high," "raise above others" - which is preferred by Bishop Horsley, Rosenmuller, and Hengstenberg, is intended.



Save thy people,.... The psalmist begins the psalm with petitions for himself, and closes it with prayers for the people of God; whom God has chosen for his people, taken into covenant to be his people, and given them to his son as such; these he has resolved to save, and has appointed Christ, and sent him into the world, to be the Saviour of them; and to them he makes known and applies the great salvation by his Spirit: so that this prayer was a prayer of faith, as are also the following petitions;

and bless thine inheritance; the people whom the Lord has chosen for his inheritance, and has given to Christ as his portion, and are his peculiar possession; and these he blesses with all spiritual blessings, with grace here, and glory hereafter, as is requested;

feed them also; as the shepherd does his flock, by leading them into green pastures, by giving them the bread of life, by nourishing them with the word and ordinances, by the means or his ministering servants, who are under-shepherds appointed to feed the saints with knowledge and understanding;

and lift them up for ever; above their enemies, and out of the reach of them; bear and carry them now, as the shepherd does his lambs, in his arms and bosom; and raise them out of their graves, and give them the dominion in the morning of the resurrection, and cause them to reign as kings and priests with Christ, as they ever will. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance' feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

This is a prayer for the church militant, written in short words, but full of weighty meaning. We must pray for the whole church, and not for ourselves alone. "Save thy people." Deliver them from their enemies, preserve them from their sins, succour them under their troubles, rescue them from their temptations, and ward off from them every ill. There is a plea hidden in the expression, "thy people;" for it may be safely concluded that God's interest in the church, as his own portion, will lead him to guard it from destruction. "Bless thine inheritance." Grant positive blessings, peace, plenty, prosperity, happiness; make all thy dearly-purchased and precious heritage to be comforted by thy Spirit. Revive, refresh, enlarge and sanctify thy church. "Feed them also." Be a shepherd to thy flock, let their bodily and spiritual wants be plentifully supplied. By thy word, and ordinances, direct, rule, sustain, and satisfy those who are the sheep of thy hand. "And lift them up for ever." Carry them in thine arms on earth, and then lift them into thy bosom in heaven. Elevate their minds and thoughts, spiritualise their affections, make them heavenly, Christlike, and full of God. O Lord, answer this our petition, for Jesus' sake. 9. The special prayer for the people sustains this view.

feed them—as a shepherd (Ps 23:1, etc.). 28:6-9 Has God heard our supplications? Let us then bless his name. The Lord is my strength, to support me, and carry me on through all my services and sufferings. The heart that truly believes, shall in due time greatly rejoice: we are to expect joy and peace in believing. God shall have the praise of it: thus must we express our gratitude. The saints rejoice in others' comfort as well as their own: we have the less benefit from the light of the sun, nor from the light of God's countenance, for others' sharing therein. The psalmist concludes with a short, but comprehensive prayer. God's people are his inheritance, and precious in his eyes. He prays that God would save them; that he would bless them with all good, especially the plenty of his ordinances, which are food to the soul. And direct their actions and overrule their affairs for good. Also, lift them up for ever; not only those of that age, but his people in every age to come; lift them up as high as heaven. There, and there only, will saints be lifted up for ever, never more to sink, or be depressed. Save us, Lord Jesus, from our sins; bless us, thou Son of Abraham, with the blessing of righteousness; feed us, thou good Shepherd of the sheep, and lift us up for ever from the dust, O thou, who art the Resurrection and the Life.
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