Psalm 31:2
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New International Version
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

New Living Translation
Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe.

English Standard Version
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

New American Standard Bible
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.

King James Bible
Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mountain fortress to save me.

International Standard Version
Listen to me, and deliver me quickly. Become a rock of safety for me, a fortified citadel to deliver me;

NET Bible
Listen to me! Quickly deliver me! Be my protector and refuge, a stronghold where I can be safe!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Incline your ear to me and answer me quickly; be a helper to me, Oh God, and the house of my refuge, and save me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn your ear toward me. Rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Incline thine ear unto me; deliver me speedily; be thou my strong rock, for a house of defence to save me.

King James 2000 Bible
Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me.

American King James Version
Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be you my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me.

American Standard Version
Bow down thine ear unto me; deliver me speedily: Be thou to me a strong rock, A house of defence to save me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bow down thy ear to me: make haste to deliver me. Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of refuge, to save me.

Darby Bible Translation
Incline thine ear to me, deliver me speedily; be a strong rock to me, a house of defence to save me.

English Revised Version
Bow down thine ear unto me; deliver me speedily: be thou to me a strong rock, an house of defence to save me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bow down thy ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me.

World English Bible
Bow down your ear to me. Deliver me speedily. Be to me a strong rock, a house of defense to save me.

Young's Literal Translation
Incline unto me Thine ear hastily, deliver me, Be to me for a strong rock, For a house of bulwarks to save me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:1-8 Faith and prayer must go together, for the prayer of faith is the prevailing prayer. David gave up his soul in a special manner to God. And with the words, ver. 5, our Lord Jesus yielded up his last breath on the cross, and made his soul a free-will offering for sin, laying down his life as a ransom. But David is here as a man in distress and trouble. And his great care is about his soul, his spirit, his better part. Many think that while perplexed about their worldly affairs, and their cares multiply, they may be excused if they neglect their souls; but we are the more concerned to look to our souls, that, though the outward man perish, the inward man may suffer no damage. The redemption of the soul is so precious, that it must have ceased for ever, if Christ had not undertaken it. Having relied on God's mercy, he will be glad and rejoice in it. God looks upon our souls, when we are in trouble, to see whether they are humbled for sin, and made better by the affliction. Every believer will meet with such dangers and deliverances, until he is delivered from death, his last enemy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Bow down thine ear to me; or, incline thine ear to me, as the same phrase is translated in Psalm 71:2. Deliver me speedily. Not doubting of deliverance, he makes his request for speedy deliverance (comp. Psalm 38:22; Psalm 40:17; Psalm 70:1; Psalm 71:12, etc.). Be thou my strong Rock, for an House of defence to save me; rather, as in the Revised Version, Be thou to me a strong Rock, an House of defence, etc. (comp. Psalm 18:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bow down thine ear to me,.... Which is said after the manner of men, who, when they give attention, and listen to anything, stoop, and incline the ear; and this for God to do, as he sometimes does, is wonderful condescending grace!

deliver me speedily; which shows that he was in great danger, and his case required haste: the Lord does help right early, and is sometimes a present help in time of need, and delivers at once, as soon as the mercy is asked for;

be thou my strong rock: for shelter and security from enemies, as well as to build his everlasting salvation on, and to stand firmly upon, and out of danger;

for an house of defence to save me; both for an house to dwell in, Lord being the dwelling place of his people in all generations, and a strong habitation to which they may continually resort; and for protection and safety, their place of defence in him being the munition of rocks, a strong hold, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2-4. He seeks help in God's righteous government (Ps 5:8), and begs for an attentive hearing, and speedy and effectual aid. With no other help and no claim of merit, he relies solely on God's regard to His own perfections for a safe guidance and release from the snares of his enemies. On the terms "rock," &c., (compare Ps 17:2; 18:2, 50; 20:6; 23:3; 25:21).

Psalm 31:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. 2Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. 3For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.…
Cross References
2 Kings 19:16
Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.

Psalm 17:6
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 71:2
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.

Psalm 71:3
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Psalm 86:1
A prayer of David. Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 88:2
May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

Psalm 102:2
Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.

Psalm 116:2
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 119:170
May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.
Treasury of Scripture

Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be you my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me.

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Psalm 71:2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline …

Psalm 86:1 Bow down your ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let your ears be attentive to the voice of my …

Proverbs 22:4,5 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life…

Psalm 22:4,5 Our fathers trusted in you: they trusted, and you did deliver them…

Psalm 25:2 O my God, I trust in you: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies …

Psalm 71:1,2 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion…

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

Romans 10:11 For the scripture said, Whoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.

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Psalm 7:8,9 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my …

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O …

Psalm 143:1,11,12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in your faithfulness …

Daniel 9:16 O LORD, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your …

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