Psalm 56:4
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New International Version
In God, whose word I praise-- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

New Living Translation
I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

English Standard Version
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

New American Standard Bible
In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

King James Bible
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

International Standard Version
In God, whose word I praise, in God I put my trust. I will not fear what mortal man can do to me.

NET Bible
In God--I boast in his promise--in God I trust, I am not afraid. What can mere men do to me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In God I shall triumph; in God I have hoped; I will not be afraid what a man does to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I praise the word of God. I trust God. I am not afraid. What can mere flesh [and blood] do to me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
In God, I will praise his word, in God, I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

American King James Version
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me.

American Standard Version
In God (I will praise his word), In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid; What can flesh do unto me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
In God I will praise my words, in God I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me.

Darby Bible Translation
In God will I praise his word, in God I put my confidence: I will not fear; what can flesh do unto me?

English Revised Version
In God I will praise his word: in God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do unto me?

Webster's Bible Translation
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me.

World English Bible
In God, I praise his word. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Young's Literal Translation
In God I praise His word, in God I have trusted, I fear not what flesh doth to me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

56:1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. ? In God I will praise his word; rather, through God; i.e. "with God's help, by his grace," I am ready to praise whatever sentence he pronounces, whatever flat goes forth from him. In God I have put my trust (so again, ver. 11). This is at once the refrain and the keynote of the psalm. In all dangers, in all troubles, whatever happens, whatever seems to be impending, the psalmist will never relinquish his trust in the Almighty. I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. This is the true martyr spirit. Compare our Lord's words, "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both body and soul in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In God I will praise his word,.... Or praise him for his words for the whole Scripture that was then in being; for those testimonies which were David's counsellors in times of difficulty and distress; and particularly for some word of promise made unto him, he was persuaded would be fulfilled, and in which he gloried and made his boast of, and on which his faith and hope were built; and this he did, and determined to do, in the strength of the Lord, and by the assistance of his grace;

in God I have put my trust; either in times past, and was not ashamed or confounded; or now, as he determined he would in Psalm 56:3;

I will not fear what flesh can do unto me: or continue to fear any or all of my enemies; though I have been afraid of them, I will shake off these fears, trusting in the Lord, and depending on his word. Or, "what can flesh do unto me?" (t) which is as grass, and the goodliness thereof as the flower of the field. Poor, frail, mortal man! what can he do against me, if God be for me? And therefore why should I fear? Men may contrive schemes, form weapons, and attempt many things against the saints, but can execute nothing, except permitted by the Lord; and the utmost they can do, when suffered, is to kill the body.

(t) So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. in God … his word—By His grace or aid (Ps 60:12; 108:13), or, "I will boast in God as to His word"; in either case His word is the special matter and cause of praise.

flesh—for mankind (Ps 65:2; Isa 31:3), intimating frailty.

Psalm 56:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Be Merciful to Me, God
3When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 4In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? 5All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.…
Cross References
Hebrews 13:6
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

Psalm 56:10
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise--

Psalm 56:11
in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalm 86:2
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Psalm 112:7
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Treasury of Scripture

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me.

In God I will

Psalm 56:10,11 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word…

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace …

Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:89,90,160 For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven…

John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture …

in God I have

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 46:1,2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do to me?

Isaiah 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Luke 12:4,5 And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the …

Romans 8:31-39 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can …

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not …

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