Psalm 55:6
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New International Version
I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

New Living Translation
Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!

English Standard Version
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;

New American Standard Bible
I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

King James Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.

International Standard Version
I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?

NET Bible
I say, "I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I said, “Who would give me wings like a dove?” I had flown and I would have rested.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove- I would fly away and find rest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away and be at rest.

King James 2000 Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American King James Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American Standard Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest?

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest;

English Revised Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest.

World English Bible
I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Who doth give to me a pinion as a dove? I fly away and rest,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

55:1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! The beauty of this passage has sunk deep into the Christian heart. Great composers have set to it some of their most exquisite music. The desire is one which finds an echo in almost every human breast, and the expression of it here has all the beauty of the best Eastern poetry. Jeremiah's words are far tamer, "Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men, that I might leave my people, and go from them!" For then would I fly away, and be at rest. The desire of "rest" is universal. Whatever the delights of action, they can only charm us for a time. In our hearts we are always longing to have done with action, and to be at rest.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I said, oh that I had wings like a dove,.... The psalmist pitches upon this creature, partly to suggest that his enemies pursuing him were like the ravenous hawk, and he like the harmless, innocent, and trembling dove; and partly because of its swiftness in flying. Aben Ezra thinks the dove is mentioned, because it is sociable with men, and who send letters by them for quick dispatch, of which instances may be given (r). This wish is expressed suitably to his character and case. The church is sometimes compared to a dove for its innocence, modesty, chastity, purity, affection, inconsolableness for the loss of its mate, and for its fearfulness, Sol 2:14; and so is Christ, Sol 5:12; who was typified by Jonah, whose name signifies a dove; and on whom the Spirit of God descended as a dove, at his baptism, and by whom he was filled with his dovelike graces;

for then would I fly away; so David desired to flee, and did flee with good speed and haste from Absalom his son, 2 Samuel 15:14, title. Arama observes of the dove, that, when weary with flying with one wing, it rests that, and flies with the other, and so has strength to fly continually without stopping, which he supposes to be the reason why the wing of a dove is desired. So every sensible sinner desires to flee from sin and sinners, and from wrath to come; from avenging justice, to Christ the city of refuge; so Christ, under the terrors of death, in his human nature, in a view of the law's curse and wrath, desired the cup might pass from him, and he might flee and escape death, though with submission to the divine will;

and be at rest; safe and secure from the conspirators, as David was; and as a sinner is that has fled to Christ; in whom is rest from the burden and guilt of sin, from the wrath, curse, and condemnation of the law, and under all afflictions, whether of body or mind; and not in the world, and worldly enjoyments; nor in the law, and the works of it: and as Christ is; not by escaping death, but through dying, and having done his work has ceased from it, and is entered into his rest; which was the joy set before him, that animated him as man to endure the cross, and despise the shame; here also true believers, weary of the world, desire to be, enjoying that rest which remains for the people of God.

(r) Vid. Aelian. Var. Hist. l. 9. c. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. be at rest—literally, "dwell," that is, permanently.

Psalm 55:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
5Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me. 6I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.…
Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Jeremiah 9:2
Oh, that I had in the desert a lodging place for travelers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers, a crowd of unfaithful people.

Jeremiah 48:28
Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave.
Treasury of Scripture

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