Psalm 33:20
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New International Version
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

New Living Translation
We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

English Standard Version
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

New American Standard Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

King James Bible
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield.

International Standard Version
We wait on the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

NET Bible
We wait for the LORD; he is our deliverer and shield.

New Heart English Bible
Our soul has waited for the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But our soul has expected Lord Jehovah, because he is our helper and our shield.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We wait for the LORD. He is our help and our shield.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Our soul hath waited for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

New American Standard 1977
Our soul waits for the LORD;
            He is our help and our shield.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Our soul waited for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

King James 2000 Bible
Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

American King James Version
Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

American Standard Version
Our soul hath waited for Jehovah: He is our help and our shield.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: for he is our helper and protector.

Darby Bible Translation
Our soul waiteth for Jehovah: he is our help and our shield.

English Revised Version
Our soul hath waited for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

World English Bible
Our soul has waited for Yahweh. He is our help and our shield.

Young's Literal Translation
Our soul hath waited for Jehovah, Our help and our shield is He,
Study Bible
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
19To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. 20Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
"Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places."

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

Psalm 18:35
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

Psalm 62:1
For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.

Psalm 115:9
O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

Psalm 130:6
My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

Isaiah 8:17
And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

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Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 62:1,2,5,6 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation…

Psalm 130:5,6 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in his word do I hope…

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall …

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Psalm 115:9-12 O Israel, trust you in the LORD: he is their help and their shield…

Psalm 144:1,2 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teaches my hands to war, and …

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered …

(20-22) Hope--wait--trust.--The Hebrew language was naturally rich in words expressive of that attitude of expectancy which was characteristic of a nation whose golden age was not in the past, but in the future--a nation for which its great ancestor left in his dying words so suitable a motto--

"I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord,"

and which, while itself held back outside the promised land of the hope of immortality, was to be the birth-race of the great and consoling doctrine that alone could satisfy the natural craving expressed by the moralist in the well-known line--

"Man never is, but always to be, blest;"

and by the Christian apostle--

"For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

Verses 20-22. - A brief address of the people to God, arising out of what has been declared concerning his goodness (vers. 4, 5, 12-19) and his power (vers. 6-11), which constitute a call upon them for praise and adoration. Verse 20. - Our soul waiteth for the Lord (comp. Psalm 25:21; Psalm 62:1, 5; Psalm 130:5, 6, etc.). Confident in God's good will, and in his power to help us, we wait patiently and cheerfully for him to manifest himself in his own good time. He is our Help and our Shield. We trust in no one and nothing but him - not in armies (ver. 16), not in horses (ver. 17), not in our own strength (ver. 16). He alone is our dependence. (For the use of the metaphor "shield" for defence, see Psalm 5:12; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 119:114, etc.) Our soul waiteth for the Lord,.... This, and what follows, are the words of the church, expressing her expectation, faith, and joy, by reason of what is suggested in the preceding verses. She signifies her expectation of good by waiting for the Lord; either for his coming in the flesh, and salvation by him; for which the patriarchs, prophets, and all the Old Testament saints, waited, Genesis 49:18; and so the Targum paraphrases it, "our soul waiteth for the redemption of the Lord"; or for his spiritual coming, his appearance to them, and gracious presence with them, he having been for some time absent; and it is right and good so to do, and in the issue proves advantageous, Isaiah 8:17; and this being soul waiting, it denotes the heartiness, sincerity, and earnestness of it;

he is our help and our shield; the Lord is the help of his people in time of trouble, when none else is or can be; and he is a present one, and helps right early, and at the best season: and he is their shield, who encompasses them about with his love and favour, and keeps them by his power in the greatest safety; all which encourages their waiting upon him, and expectation of good things from him. 20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

Psalm 33:20

"Our soul waiteth for the Lord." Here the godly avow their reliance upon him whom the Psalm extols. To wait is a great lesson. To be quiet in expectation, patient in hope, single in confidence, is one of the bright attainments of a Christian. Our soul, our life, must hang upon God; we are not to trust him with a few gewgaws, but with all we have and are. "He is our help and our shield." Our help in labour, our shield in danger. The Lord answereth all things to his people. He is their all in all. Note the three "ours" in the text. These holdfast words are precious. Personal possession makes the Christian man; all else is mere talk.

Psalm 33:21

"For our hearts shall rejoice in him." The duty commended and commanded in the first verse is here presented to the Lord. We, who trust, cannot but be of a glad heart, our inmost nature must triumph in our faithful God. "Because we have trusted in his holy name." The root of faith in due time bears the flower of rejoicing. Doubts breed sorrow, confidence creates joy. 20-22. waiteth—in earnest expectation.33:12-22 All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God's favour sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us.
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