Psalm 4:3
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New International Version
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

New Living Translation
You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him.

English Standard Version
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

New American Standard Bible
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.

King James Bible
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for Himself; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.

International Standard Version
But understand this: the LORD has set apart the godly for himself! The LORD will hear me when I cry out to him!

NET Bible
Realize that the LORD shows the godly special favor; the LORD responds when I cry out to him.

New Heart English Bible
But know that the LORD works wonders for the godly man for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Know that Lord Jehovah has set apart The Chosen One for himself with wonders; Lord Jehovah will hear when I call him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Know that the LORD singles out godly people for himself. The LORD hears me when I call to him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But know that the LORD hath set apart the godly man as His own; The LORD will hear when I call unto Him.

New American Standard 1977
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;
            The LORD hears when I call to Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

American King James Version
But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call to him.

American Standard Version
But know that Jehovah hath set apart for himself him that is godly: Jehovah will hear when I call unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know ye also that the Lord hath made his holy one wonderful: the Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto him.

Darby Bible Translation
But know that Jehovah hath set apart the pious [man] for himself: Jehovah will hear when I call unto him.

English Revised Version
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call to him.

World English Bible
But know that Yahweh has set apart for himself him who is godly: Yahweh will hear when I call to him.

Young's Literal Translation
And know ye that Jehovah Hath separated a saintly one to Himself. Jehovah heareth in my calling to Him.
Study Bible
Answer Me When I Call!
2O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah. 3But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him. 4Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 3:4
I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.

Psalm 6:8
Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.

Psalm 6:9
The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer.

Psalm 17:6
I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

Psalm 27:7
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.

Psalm 31:23
O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer.

Psalm 50:5
"Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."

Psalm 65:4
How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

Psalm 79:2
They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.

Psalm 86:2
Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.
Treasury of Scripture

But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call to him.

that the

Exodus 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and your people have found …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

for

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

the Lord

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me…

Psalm 56:9 When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; …

Psalm 91:14,15 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

(3) But know.--It is the privilege of true and heroic natures to rise to a consciousness of their strength and dignity in the hour of peril, and when the victims of unjust persecution. Besides his innate greatness, David has a grandeur and dignity, derived from his deep sense of the covenant between God and His anointed, and his own imperfect but sincere endeavour to act worthily the part of God's vice-regent on earth. His selection by Jehovah is an unanswerable reply to his calumniators, and the surest proof of his own uprightness.

Hath set apart.--That is, has distinguished or honoured. So rightly the LXX. and Vulg. The Hebrew word occurs in Exodus 8:22; Exodus 9:4; Exodus 11:7, of severance between Israel and Egypt. (Comp. Psalm 17:7.)

Godly.--Heb. chasd, properly, graced or gracious, according as it is used of Israel or of the God of Israel. The covenant relationship is more prominent in the word than a moral excellence, though this is presupposed. See Psalm 1:5, where the word appears to be defined. There is a difficulty in the construction: l (to him) may go either with the verb or the object. By comparison with Psalm 17:7, we take it with the latter. LXX., "his holy one."

Verse 3. - But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself. The best order of the words would be, "Know that the Lord hath set apart for himself the man that is godly." The godly man is not contaminated by the evil doings of those who associate with him, and profess to act in his interest, if he neither authorizes nor condones their conduct. David had protested against Joab's proceedings on one occasion (2 Samuel 3:28), and never at any time pardoned them (1 Kings 2:5, 6). The Lord will hear when I call unto him Although I am disgraced (Ver. 2), resisted, in many ways brought to shame, by you, yet still I am God's servant, set apart to his service, and therefore 1 shall be heard by him. He will hearken to and grant my prayer. But know,.... Take notice of it, consider it, be assured of the truth, of it; it may be depended upon as fact,

that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: which may be understood of David himself, an holy good man; a man after God's own heart; whom the Lord chose, and in a marvellous manner separated from the rest of his brethren; took him from the sheepfold, and set him upon the throne of Israel, for the glory of his great name; and therefore the attempts of his enemies against him would be without success: and also of the Messiah, God's Holy One, whom he has chosen out from among the people to be their Saviour and Redeemer, to the glory of his grace; wherefore the work of the Lord has prospered in his hands: and likewise of all the saints, and of their election; which act is expressed by their being set apart, or separated from others, who are called the rest; and which is a marvellous act of grace: for the word may be rendered, "he hath wonderfully set apart" (n). It is an amazing instance of grace that God should make one to differ from another, and separate them from their mother's womb, and call them by his grace. The object of this act is "him that is godly", or "holy" (o): not that any are set apart or chosen by God for their godliness, or holiness; for they are chosen through sanctification of the Spirit, and not because they were or it was foreseen they would be holy. Holiness, faith, godliness, and good works, are the fruits of election, and not the causes of it: but the word rendered "godly", signifies "good" and "merciful" (p); and designs one, that God is good, and gracious, and merciful unto; who is an object of his free grace and favour; and therefore he chooses and sets him apart of his own grace and mercy, and according to his sovereign will and pleasure: and that "for himself"; for his own use and service, for his praise and honour, and to the glory of his grace; which is his grand end in predestination, election, and in all spiritual blessings. And now all attempts against such persons are in vain; all charges against them are of no avail; all methods, whether by open force of persecutors, or by the cunning of false teachers, that lie in wait to deceive, to prevail against them, prove failures: and God will avenge his elect, that cry unto him day and night; as follows;

the Lord will hear when I call unto him; and deliver out of the hands of enemies, and cut them off: wherefore it is a vain thing for men to set themselves against Christ and his people.

(n) So Ainsworth. "mirificavit", V. L. "mirabilem effecit", Gejerus (o) "sanctum", V. L. Muis, De Dieu. (p) "Eum quem benigne acceperit", Junius & Tremellius; "beneficiarium", Gejerus, Michaelis; "gratia vel favore a Deo affectum", Hammond. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

"But know." Fools will not learn, and therefore they must again and again be told the same thing, especially when it is such a bitter truth which is to be taught them, viz: - the fact that the godly are the chosen of God, and are, by distinguishing grace, set apart and separated from among men. Election is a doctrine which unrenewed men cannot endure, but nevertheless, it is a glorious and well-attested truth, and one which should comfort the tempted believer. Election is the guarantee of complete salvation, and an argument for success at the throne of grace. He who chose us for himself will surely hear our prayers. The Lord's elect shall not be condemned, nor shall their cry be unheard. David was king by divine decree, and we are the Lord's people in the same manner; let us tell our enemies to their faces, that they fight against God and destiny; when they strive to overthrow our souls. O beloved, when you are on your knees, the fact of your being set apart as God's own peculiar treasure, should give you courage and inspire you with fervency and faith. "Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him?" Since he chose to love us he cannot but chose to hear us. 3. godly—an object as well as subject of divine favor (compare Ps 105:14, 15).4:1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.
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