Psalm 55:18
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New International Version
He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.

New Living Translation
He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.

English Standard Version
He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.

New American Standard Bible
He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.

King James Bible
He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though many are against me, He will redeem me from my battle unharmed.

International Standard Version
He calmly ransomed my soul from the war waged against me, for there was a vast crowd who stood against me.

NET Bible
He will rescue me and protect me from those who attack me, even though they greatly outnumber me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save my soul from those who are my wise ones, because they have been in contention with me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With [his] peace, he will rescue my soul from the war waged against me, because there are many [soldiers fighting] against me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He has ransomed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.

King James 2000 Bible
He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many against me.

American King James Version
He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

American Standard Version
He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; For they were many that strove with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall redeem my soul in peace from them that draw near to me: for among many they were with me.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle against me: for there were many about me.

English Revised Version
He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for they were many that strove with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

World English Bible
He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, although there are many who oppose me.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath ransomed in peace my soul From him who is near to me, For with the multitude they were with me.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

55:16-23 In every trial let us call upon the Lord, and he will save us. He shall hear us, and not blame us for coming too often; the oftener the more welcome. David had thought all were against him; but now he sees there were many with him, more than he supposed; and the glory of this he gives to God, for it is he that raises us up friends, and makes them faithful to us. There are more true Christians, and believers have more real friends, than in their gloomy hours they suppose. His enemies should be reckoned with, and brought down; they could not ease themselves of their fears, as David could, by faith in God. Mortal men, though ever so high and strong, will easily be crushed by an eternal God. Those who are not reclaimed by the rod of affliction, will certainly be brought down to the pit of destruction. The burden of afflictions is very heavy, especially when attended with the temptations of Satan; there is also the burden of sin and corruption. The only relief under it is, to look to Christ, who bore it. Whatever it is that thou desirest God should give thee, leave it to him to give it in his own way and time. Care is a burden, it makes the heart stoop. We must commit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as seemeth him good, and let us be satisfied. To cast our burden upon God, is to rest upon his providence and promise. And if we do so, he will carry us in the arms of his power, as a nurse carries a child; and will strengthen our spirits by his Spirit, so that they shall sustain the trial. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved; to be so shaken by any troubles, as to quit their duty to God, or their comfort in him. He will not suffer them to be utterly cast down. He, who bore the burden of our sorrows, desires us to leave to him to bear the burden of our cares, that, as he knows what is best for us, he may provide it accordingly. Why do not we trust Christ to govern the world which he redeemed?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me. Once mere "the preterite of prophetic certainty." David sees his deliverance effected. He beholds the coming battle (2 Samuel 17:11; 2 Samuel 18:6-8). He sees that there are many with him; i.e. "many that contend with him;" but his courage does not fail - he is assured of being "delivered" and re-established in his kingdom "in peace."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,.... That is, God had preserved his life, and delivered him safe and sound from many a battle which was fought against him, and might seem at first to go against him; and had given him peace and rest from all his enemies before the present trouble came upon him, 2 Samuel 7:1; wherefore he believed, that he who had delivered him in time past would deliver him again; this is the reasoning of faith, 2 Corinthians 1:9. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, render the last clause, "from them that draw nigh unto thee"; and the Syriac version renders it, by way of petition, "deliver my soul from them that know me"; and the Targum,

"lest evil should come unto me;''

for there were many with me; either enemies fighting with him; and so this is mentioned to set forth the more the power of God in his deliverance: or friends, who were on his side; all Israel and Judah, who loved David and prayed for him, as Jarchi interprets it: or the angels of God, as Aben Ezra; who being for the Lord's people, are more than they that are against them, 2 Kings 6:16; or God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and if he is for us, who shall be against us? Romans 8:31. The Targum is,

"for in many afflictions his Word was for my help.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. many with me—that is, by the context, fighting with me.

Psalm 55:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
17Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. 18He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me. 19God will hear and answer them-- Even the one who sits enthroned from of old-- Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.…
Cross References
Psalm 31:5
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.

Psalm 56:2
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.

Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I whom you have delivered.

Psalm 103:4
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
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