Psalm 61:3
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New International Version
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

New Living Translation
for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

English Standard Version
for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

New American Standard Bible
For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.

King James Bible
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for You have been a refuge for me, a strong tower in the face of the enemy.

International Standard Version
For you have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength before the enemy.

NET Bible
Indeed, you are my shelter, a strong tower that protects me from the enemy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because you have been for me a house of refuge and a high tower in front of my enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy.

King James 2000 Bible
For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

American King James Version
For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

American Standard Version
For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
for thou hast been my hope; a tower of strength against the face of the enemy.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from before the enemy.

English Revised Version
For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

World English Bible
For you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength because of the enemy.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

61:1-4 David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that which separates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed, yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved. Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God's power and promise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock is Christ. On the Divine mercy, as on a rock, David desired to rest his soul; but he was like a ship-wrecked sailor, exposed to the billows at the bottom of a rock too high for him to climb without help. David found that he could not be fixed on the Rock of salvation, unless the Lord placed him upon it. As there is safety in Him, and none in ourselves, let us pray to be led to and fixed upon Christ our Rock. The service of God shall be his constant work and business: all must make it so who expect to find God their shelter and strong tower. The grace of God shall be his constant comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - For thou hast been a Shelter for me. In the past thou hast often been my "Shelter" or my "Refuge" (comp. Psalm 18:2; Psalm 44:7, 11; Psalm 48:3, etc.); be so once more. And a strong Tower. A migdal - a fortress, like the great fortress of the south (Exodus 14:2) - the Magdolus of Herodotus (2:149). From the enemy. If the psalm is David's, "the enemy" is probably Absalom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou hast been a shelter for me,.... Or "refuge" (y), from avenging justice; a hiding place and covert from the storms and tempests of divine wrath; a shadow and a screen from the heat of Satan's fiery darts, and the blast of his terrible temptations, Isaiah 25:4;

and a strong tower from the enemy: from Satan the devouring lion, from furious persecutors, and every other enemy; see Proverbs 18:10; and this experience the psalmist had of protection from the Rock in former times made him desirous of being led to it now.

(y) "asylum", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "perfagium", Cocceius; "refugium", Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. shelter … and strong tower—repeat the same sentiment.

Psalm 61:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear My Cry; Listen to My Prayer
2From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. 4Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 59:9
You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,

Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Psalm 71:7
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Joel 3:16
The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

Micah 4:8
As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem."
Treasury of Scripture

For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

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Psalm 4:6,7 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you …

Psalm 116:2 Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call on him …

Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my …

Isaiah 46:3,4 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house …

2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom …

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Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my …

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

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