Psalm 61:4
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New International Version
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

New Living Translation
Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude

English Standard Version
Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah

New American Standard Bible
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

King James Bible
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will live in Your tent forever and take refuge under the shelter of Your wings. Selah

International Standard Version
Let me make my home in your tent forever; let me hide under the shelter of your wings. Interlude

NET Bible
I will be a permanent guest in your home; I will find shelter in the protection of your wings. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I shall dwell in your tent for eternities and I shall have refuge in the shadow of your wings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would like to be a guest in your tent forever and to take refuge under the protection of your wings. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will dwell in Thy Tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of Thy wings. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Let me dwell in Thy tent forever;
            Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever; I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
I will abide in your tabernacle forever: I will trust in the shelter of your wings. Selah.

American King James Version
I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of your wings. Selah.

American Standard Version
I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever: I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
In thy tabernacle I shall dwell for ever: I shall be protected under the covert of thy wings.

Darby Bible Translation
I will sojourn in thy tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

English Revised Version
I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever: I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

World English Bible
I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
I sojourn in Thy tent to the ages, I trust in the secret place of Thy wings. Selah.
Study Bible
Hear My Cry; Listen to My Prayer
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. 5For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.…
Cross References
Ruth 2:12
"May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."

Psalm 15:1
A Psalm of David. O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings

Psalm 23:6
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 27:4
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
Treasury of Scripture

I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of your wings. Selah.

abide

Psalm 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which …

Psalm 15:1 Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? who shall dwell in your holy hill?

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: …

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, …

trust. or, make my refuge

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and …

Psalm 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings …

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you …

Psalm 142:4,5 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

(4) I will abide.--Rather, Let me be a guest in, etc. (Comp. Psalm 15:1; Psalm 27:4.)

Thy tabernacle . . .--It is difficult to decide whether this indicates. the Mosaic tabernacle, and so may be used as an index of the date of the poem; or whether the tent is a general figure for the protection of God, wherever it may be found. It certainly recalls Psalm 23:6.

For ever.--Literally, for ages or ons. For the same plural, see Psalm 145:13.

I will trust . . .--Rather, let me find refuge under the shelter of thy wings. (For the image, see Note Psalm 17:8.)

Verse 4. - I will abide in thy tabernacle forever. As the psalmist is in exile, at "the end of the earth" (ver. 2), the literal "tabernacle" cannot be intended. A spiritual abiding in the heavenly dwelling, whereof the tabernacle was a type, must be meant (comp. Psalm 18:11). I will trust in the covert of thy wings (comp. Psalm 17:8; Psalm 36:7; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 63:7; Psalm 91:4). The origin of the metaphor is hardly to be sought in the outspread wings of the cherubim on the mercy seat; rather in the brooding wings of birds protecting and defending their young (Deuteronomy 32:11; Matthew 23:37). I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever,.... Under the protection of the Lord, as in a shepherd's tent, or as in one belonging to a general of an army, where are fulness and safety; See Gill on Psalm 27:5; or else the tabernacle of the congregation is meant; the house of God, the place of divine and public worship, where he desired and determined always to continue, Psalm 23:6; or else the tabernacle which was prefigured by that below, where he knew he should dwell to all eternity. Kimchi, by "for ever", understands a long time; and Jarchi explains it both of this world and of the world to come; which is true, understanding the tabernacle of the church below, and the church above;

I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Or, "in" or "into the secret of thy wings" (z); this he determined to make his refuge for the present time, and while in this world; See Gill on Psalm 57:1.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(z) "in abscondito", Pagninus, Montanus; "in occultum", Junius & Tremellius. 4. I will abide—So I desire to do (compare Ps 23:6).

trust in the covert, etc.—make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Ps 17:8; 36:7).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.
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