Psalm 31:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

New Living Translation
Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.

English Standard Version
Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!

New American Standard Bible
Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.

King James Bible
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Show Your favor to Your servant; save me by Your faithful love.

International Standard Version
May your face shine on your servant; in your gracious love, deliver me.

NET Bible
Smile on your servant! Deliver me because of your faithfulness!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shine your face upon your Servant and save me in your kindness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Smile on me. Save me with your mercy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Make thy face to shine upon thy slave; save me for thy mercies' sake.

King James 2000 Bible
Make your face to shine upon your servant: save me for your mercies' sake.

American King James Version
Make your face to shine on your servant: save me for your mercies' sake.

American Standard Version
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: Save me in thy lovingkindness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; save me in thy mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; save me in thy loving-kindness.

English Revised Version
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me in thy lovingkindness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

World English Bible
Make your face to shine on your servant. Save me in your loving kindness.

Young's Literal Translation
Cause Thy face to shine on Thy servant, Save me in Thy kindness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he was a type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. David acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins, but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give him any assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted, but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God will be sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those who commit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is in God's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet, according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not in himself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands, but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that the Lord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for any merit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those that reproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a day coming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In the mean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, if possible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Make thy face to shine upon thy servant. This expression is first used in the blessing of Moses (Numbers 6:25). Its intrinsic beauty and poetry recommended it to the psalmists, with whom it recurs frequently (camp. Psalm 4:6; Psalm 67:1; Psalm 80:5, 7, 19; Psalm 119:135). It may be regarded as equivalent to "Be thou favourable and gracious unto thy servant." Save me for thy mercies' sake; literally, save me in thy mercy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant,.... In which he prays for the gracious presence of God, the manifestations of himself unto him, the discoveries of his love, the enjoyment of him in Christ, communion with him, the comforts of his Spirit, and joys of his salvation; see Numbers 6:25;

save me for thy mercies' sake; not for any merit and righteousness of his own, but for the sake of the grace and goodness of the Lord; which is putting salvation, whether temporal or spiritual, upon its right foot and foundation; which is never wrought out by, or is for works of righteousness done by men, but according to the grace and mercy of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Make … shine—(Compare Nu 6:25; Ps 4:6). Deprecating from himself, he imprecates on the wicked God's displeasure, and prays that their virulent persecution of him may be stopped.

Psalm 31:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
15My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. 17Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:25
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

Psalm 4:6
Many, LORD, are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?" Let the light of your face shine on us.

Psalm 6:4
Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.

Psalm 67:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us--

Psalm 80:3
Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 119:135
Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
Treasury of Scripture

Make your face to shine on your servant: save me for your mercies' sake.

Make

Psalm 4:6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you …

Psalm 30:7 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you …

Psalm 67:1 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah.

Psalm 80:3,7,19 Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved…

Numbers 6:25,26 The LORD make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you…

Daniel 9:17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

save

Psalm 6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for your mercies' sake.

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness…

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Daniel 9:9,18 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have …

Romans 9:15,23 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, …

Ephesians 1:6,7 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

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