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

New Living Translation
Many people say, "Who will show us better times?" Let your face smile on us, LORD.

English Standard Version
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”

New American Standard Bible
Many are saying, "Who will show us any good?" Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!

King James Bible
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many are saying, "Who can show us anything good?" Look on us with favor, LORD.

International Standard Version
Many are asking, "Who will help us to see better days?" LORD, may the light of your favor shine upon us.

NET Bible
Many say, "Who can show us anything good?" Smile upon us, LORD!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There are many who say, “Who will show us good and will shed upon us the light of his face?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many are saying, "Who can show us anything good?" Let the light of your presence shine on us, O LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

King James 2000 Bible
There are many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

American King James Version
There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us.

American Standard Version
Many there are that say, Who will show us any good? Jehovah, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The light of thy countenance O Lord, is signed upon us: thou hast given gladness in my heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Many say, Who shall cause us to see good? Lift up upon us the light of thy countenance, O Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Many there be that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Webster's Bible Translation
There are many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift thou upon us the light of thy countenance.

World English Bible
Many say, "Who will show us any good?" Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us.

Young's Literal Translation
Many are saying, 'Who doth show us good?' Lift on us the light of Thy face, O Jehovah,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:6-8 Wordly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, a good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth? Any good will serve the turn of most men, but a gracious soul will not be put off so. Lord, let us have thy favour, and let us know that we have it, we desire no more; let us be satisfied of thy loving-kindness, and will be satisfied with it. Many inquire after happiness, but David had found it. When God puts grace in the heart, he puts gladness in the heart. Thus comforted, he pitied, but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner. He commits all his affairs to God, and is prepared to welcome his holy will. But salvation is in Christ alone; where will those appear who despise him as their Mediator, and revile him in his disciples? May they stand in awe, and no longer sin against the only remedy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - There be many that say, Who will show us any good? Pessimists are numerous in all ages. Among David's adherents in his times of distress (ver. 1) would be many who doubted and desponded, anticipating nothing but continued suffering and misfortune. Theft would ask the question of the text. Or the scope may be wider. Men are always seeking for good, but not knowing what their true good is. David points it out to them. It is to have the light of God's countenance shining on them. Lord, lift thou up, etc.; compare the form of Levitical benediction (Numbers 6:24-26), and see also Psalm 31:15; Psalm 80:3, 7, 19. If we bask in the sunshine of God's favour, there is nothing more needed for happiness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There be many that say, who will show us any good?.... These may be thought to be the men of the world; carnal worldly minded men, seeking after temporal good, and taking up their rest and contentment in it; to whom the psalmist opposes his wish and request, in the following words. Or these are the words of the men that were along with David, wishing themselves at home and in their families, enjoying the good things of life they before had; or rather these are the words of the same many, the enemies of David, spoken of in Psalm 3:1; who were wishing, as Kimchi observes, that Absalom's rebellion might prosper; that David might die and his son reign in his stead, so the evil they wished to him was good to them: or they may be the words of the same men, expressing the desperate condition that David and his friends were in, which the psalmist represents in this manner, "who will show us any good?" none, say they, will show them any good, neither God nor man; there is no help for him in God; he and his friends must unavoidably perish: and this produces the following petition,

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us; meaning his gracious presence, the manifestations of himself, the discoveries of his love, communion with him, the comforts of his Spirit, and the joys of his salvation; suggesting that in the enjoyment of these things lay their good and happiness, and their safety also; his face and favour, love and grace, being as a shield to encompass them, and as a banner over them, Psalm 5:12; and so Jarchi observes, that the word here used signifies to lift up for a banner (r); so, me respect seems to be had to the form of the priests blessing, Numbers 6:24; and the words are opposed to the good desired by carnal men, and express the true happiness of the saints, Psalm 89:15; this is a blessing wished for not only by David, but by his antitype the Messiah, Matthew 27:46; and by all believers.

(r) So Gussetius, Ebr. Comment. p. 515, 518.

The Treasury of David

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

We have now entered upon the third division of the Psalm, in which the faith of the afflicted one finds utterance in sweet expressions of contentment and peace.

There were many, even among David's own followers, who wanted to see rather than to believe. Alas I this is the-tendency of us all! Even the regenerate sometimes groan after the sense and sight of prosperity, and are sad when darkness covers all good from view. As for worldlings, this is their unceasing cry. "Who will shew us any good?" Never satisfied, their gaping mouths are turned in every direction, their empty hearts are ready to drink in any fine delusion which impostors may invent; and when these fail, they soon yield to despair, and declare that there is no good thing in either heaven or earth. The true believer is a man of a very different mould. His face is not downward like the beasts, but upward like the angels. He drinks not from the muddy pools of Mammon, but from the fountain of life above. The light of God's countenance is enough for him. This is his riches, his honour, his health, his ambition, his ease. Give him this, and he will ask no more. This is joy unspeakable, and full of glory. Oh, for more of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that our fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ may be constant and abiding!

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6, 7. Contrast true with vain confidence.

light of thy countenance upon us—figure for favor (Nu 6:26; Ps 44:3; 81:16).

Psalm 4:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Answer Me When I Call!
5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD. 6Many are saying, "Who will show us any good?" Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD! 7You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:26
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."'

Job 7:7
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.

Job 9:25
"My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

Psalm 17:15
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Psalm 31:16
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 44:3
It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

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 80:7
Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.

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

There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us.

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Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Psalm 49:16-20 Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house …

Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in my heart to give myself to wine, yet acquainting my heart …

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor …

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

James 4:13 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

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Psalm 21:6 For you have made him most blessed for ever: you have made him exceeding …

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither …

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

Psalm 80:1-3,7,19 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; …

Psalm 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, …

Psalm 119:135 Make your face to shine on your servant; and teach me your statutes.

Numbers 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.

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