Psalm 3:3
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New International Version
But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

New Living Translation
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

English Standard Version
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

New American Standard Bible
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

King James Bible
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head.

International Standard Version
But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

NET Bible
But you, LORD, are a shield that protects me; you are my glory and the one who restores me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You, Lord Jehovah, are my helper and my honor, and the lifter of my head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you, O LORD, are a shield that surrounds me. You are my glory. You hold my head high.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of my head.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

American King James Version
But you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

American Standard Version
But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou, O Lord art my protector, my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Jehovah, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

English Revised Version
But thou, O LORD, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

World English Bible
But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou, O Jehovah, art a shield for me, My honour, and lifter up of my head.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-3 An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God, either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches of enemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will he cleave to him. A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God. See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him. 1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection. 2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have true honour put upon them. 3. Joy and deliverance. If, in the worst of times, God's people can lift up their heads with joy, knowing that all shall work for good to them, they will own God as giving them both cause and hearts to rejoice.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; or, about me(see the Revised Version). (For the sentiment, comp. Genesis 15:1; Deuteronomy 33:29; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 33:20; Psalm 84:9, etc.) The expression has peculiar force in David's mouth, who, as a "man of war," fully appreciated the saving power of a shield. My glory (comp. Psalm 62:7). And the lifter up of mine head. As God had raised up David to the throne (2 Samuel 2:4; 2 Samuel 5:3), and prospered him in his wars (2 Samuel 8:1-14), and exalted him above all the other kings of the period, so he was well able now, if he so willed, to restore him to his place and re-establish him in the monarchy (comp. 2 Samuel 15:25; Psalm 43:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me,.... Or "about me" (a) protecting and defending me. David was a military man, and often alludes to military affairs; and borrows words from thence, expressive of his great security from the Lord; see Psalm 18:2. So Jehovah the Father was a shield to Christ, in his infancy, from Herod's rage and fury; and afterwards from the insults of the Pharisees, and their attempts to take away his life before the time; and in his sufferings and death, so as that his faith and confidence in him were kept up, and he got the victory over sin, Satan, and the world; see Psalm 22:9. And the Lord is a shield unto all his people, Genesis 15:1. They are kept by his power, and encompassed about with his favour, as with a shield; his veracity and his faithfulness in his promises, and his truth, are their shield and buckler: and especially his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the shield which faith makes use of, particularly his blood and righteousness, and salvation by him; which it holds up, and defends itself with, against the charges of the law, the accusations of conscience, and the temptations of Satan; and which are a security from the justice of God, and wrath to come;

my glory; who took David from the sheepfold, and made him king over Israel, and raised him to all the glory he had enjoyed; and in whom he gloried as his covenant God, and of whom he made his boast; and not of his strength, valour, wisdom, riches, and honour. So God the Father is the glory of Christ, the glorifier of him, by supporting him under his sufferings, raising him from the dead, and setting him at his own right hand, where he is crowned with glory and honour: he is the glory of his people, in whom they glory, and by whom they are called to eternal glory; and who will give it to them, and reveal it in them, even an eternal weight of it, which the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared unto;

and the lifter up mine head; such as the helmet is: the Lord was lifter up of David's head when he brought him to the throne, and afterwards gave him victory over his enemies; for so the phrase of lifting up the head signifies; see 2 Kings 25:27. And he was the lifter up of Christ's head when he raised him from the dead; and exalted him, both with and at his right hand, to be a Prince and a Saviour, and gave him a name above every name. And he is the lifter up of the heads of his people in conversion, when he raises them from a low estate, and sets them among princes to inherit the throne of glory; and when he gives them comfort, peace, and joy, which causes them to lift up their heads; whereas in sorrow, and mourning, and distress, the head is bowed down like a bulrush, Isaiah 58:5; and when he gives them boldness and confidence, as at the throne of grace now, through the sprinkling of the blood of Christ upon them; so at the bar of judgment hereafter, through the righteousness of Christ put upon them, as that they shall not be ashamed nor confounded; see Luke 21:28; and he will be the lifter up of their heads in the resurrection morn, and when they shall appear with Christ in glory.

(a) "circa me", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Muis, Ainsworth, Cocceius, Michaelis.

The Treasury of David

3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

Here David avows his confidence in God. "Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me." The word in the original signifies more than a shield; it means a buckler round about, a protection which shall surround a man entirely, a shield above, beneath, around, without and within. Oh I what a shield is God for his people! He wards off the fiery darts of Satan from beneath, and the storms of trials from above, while, at the same instant, he speaks peace to the tempest within the breast. Thou art "my glory." David knew that though he was driven from his capital in contempt and scorn, he should yet return in triumph, and by faith he looks upon God as honouring and glorifying him. O for grace to see our future glory amid present shame! Indeed, there is a present glory in our afflictions, if we could but discern it; for it is no mean thing to have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. David was honoured when he made the ascent of Olivet, weeping, with his head covered; for he was in all this made like unto his Lord. May we learn, in this respect, to glory in tribulations also! "And the lifter up of mine head" - thou shalt yet exalt me. Though I hang my head in sorrow, I shall very soon lift it up in joy and thanksgiving. What a divine trio of mercies is contained in this verse! - defence for the defenceless, glory for the despised, and joy for the comfortless. Verily we may well say, "Them is none like the God of Jeshurun."

"I cried unto the Lord with my voice." Why doth he say, "with my voice?" Surely, silent prayers are heard. Yes, but good men often find that, even in secret, they pray better aloud than they do when they utter no vocal sound. Perhaps, moreover, David would think thus: - "My cruel enemies clamour against me; they lift up their voices, and, behold, I lift up mine, and my cry outsoars them all. They clamour, but the cry of my voice in great distress pierces the very skies, and is louder and stronger than all their tumult; for there is one in the sanctuary who hearkens to me from the seventh heaven, and he hath 'heard me out of his holy hilt.'" Answers to prayers are sweet cordials for the soul. We need not fear a frowning world while we rejoice in a prayer-hearing God.

Here stands another Selah. Rest awhile, O tried believer, and change the strain to a softer air.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. But—literally, "and" (Ps 2:6). He repels the reproach by avowing his continued trust.

shield—a favorite and often-used figure for protection.

my glory—its source.

lifter up of mine head—one who raises me from despondency.

Psalm 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Deliver Me, O God!
2Many are saying of my soul, "There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah. 3But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:2
How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods

Psalm 5:12
Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 9:13
LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

Psalm 27:6
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 30:1
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David. I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

Psalm 41:10
But may you have mercy on me, LORD; raise me up, that I may repay them.

Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Psalm 75:6
No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.

Psalm 84:9
Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.

Psalm 144:2
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

Proverbs 30:5
"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Jeremiah 52:31
In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison.
Treasury of Scripture

But you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

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Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my …

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield: I hope in your word.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

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

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Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: …

Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and …

Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness …

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

Revelation 21:11,23 Having the glory of God: and her light was like to a stone most precious, …

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Psalm 27:6 And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me: …

Psalm 119:7 I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned …

Genesis 40:13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head, and restore …

2 Kings 25:27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity …

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