Psalm 62:11
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New International Version
One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: "Power belongs to you, God,

New Living Translation
God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you;

English Standard Version
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,

New American Standard Bible
Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God;

King James Bible
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God has spoken once; I have heard this twice: strength belongs to God,

International Standard Version
God spoke once, but I heard it twice, "Power belongs to God."

NET Bible
God has declared one principle; two principles I have heard: God is strong,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God said this once, and twice I have heard these things: “For strength is of God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has spoken once. I have heard it [said] twice: "Power belongs to God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
God hath spoken once, Twice have I heard this: That strength belongeth unto God;

New American Standard 1977
Once God has spoken;
            Twice I have heard this:
            That power belongs to God;

Jubilee Bible 2000
God has spoken once; twice have I heard this that power belongs unto God.

King James 2000 Bible
God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.

American King James Version
God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

American Standard Version
God hath spoken once, Twice have I heard this, That power belongeth unto God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God hath spoken once, these two things have I heard, that power belongeth to God,

Darby Bible Translation
Once hath God spoken, twice have I heard this, that strength [belongeth] unto God.

English Revised Version
God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God:

Webster's Bible Translation
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth to God.

World English Bible
God has spoken once; twice I have heard this, that power belongs to God.

Young's Literal Translation
Once hath God spoken, twice I heard this, That 'strength is with God.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

62:8-12 Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him. The psalmist warns against trusting in men. The multitude, those of low degree, are changeable as the wind. The rich and noble seem to have much in their power, and lavish promises; but those that depend on them, are disappointed. Weighed in the balance of Scripture, all that man can do to make us happy is lighter than vanity itself. It is hard to have riches, and not to trust in them if they increase, though by lawful and honest means; but we must take heed, lest we set our affections unduly upon them. A smiling world is the most likely to draw the heart from God, on whom alone it should be set. The consistent believer receives all from God as a trust; and he seeks to use it to his glory, as a steward who must render an account. God hath spoken as it were once for all, that power belongs to him alone. He can punish and destroy. Mercy also belongs to him; and his recompensing the imperfect services of those that believe in him, blotting out their transgressions for the Redeemer's sake, is a proof of abundant mercy, and encourages us to trust in him. Let us trust in his mercy and grace, and abound in his work, expecting mercies from him alone.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this (comp. Job 33:14). When a thing is spoken twice, then assurance is made doubly sure. That power belongeth unto God. God, i.e., is the only ultimate Source of all power.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

God hath spoken once,.... One word of his is more to be confided in, and depended on, than all the men and things in the world. The meaning is not that God hath only spoke once; he has spoke often; he spoke all things out of nothing in creation; he spoke all the words of the law at Mount Sinai; he spoke by the prophets under the Old Testament dispensation, and by his Son in the last days, and still by the ministers of the Gospel: but the sense is, that what God has once spoken stands; it is irreversible and immutable; it is firm, sure, and unalterable; he does not repent, he cannot lie, nor will he alter the thing that is gone out of his lips; and therefore his word is to be trusted to, when men of high degree are a lie;

twice have I heard this; that is, many times, as Kimchi explains it: the Targum refers this, and the preceding clause, to the delivery of the law:

"one law God spake, and twice we heard it from the mouth of Moses the great scribe;''

but the meaning is, that the psalmist had heard of two things, and was well assured of the truth of them, and which were the foundation of his trust and confidence; one is mentioned in this verse and the other in Psalm 62:12; the first is,

that power belongeth unto God; great power, even almighty power, as appears from the creation of all things out of nothing, the preservation of them in their beings, the government of the world, the redemption of his people by Christ, the work of grace upon their hearts by his Spirit, the perseverance of the saints, their deliverance from their enemies, and the destruction of them. The ancient Cabalists (n) among the Jews have endeavoured, from this passage, to establish a Trinity in unity, they speak of

"three superior "Sephirot", or numbers; and of them it is said, "God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this": once and twice, lo, the three superior numbers, of whom it is said, one, one, one, three ones; and this is the meaning of "God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this; this" in it makes them one.''

(n) Tikkune Zohar, Correct. 38. fol. 82. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. once; twice—(as in Job 33:14; 40:5), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

Psalm 62:11 Additional Commentaries
My Soul Rests in God Alone
10Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. 11Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God; 12And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.
Cross References
Revelation 19:1
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

Job 33:14
For God does speak--now one way, now another-- though no one perceives it.

Job 40:5
I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."

Psalm 59:17
You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.

Daniel 2:37
Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory;
Treasury of Scripture

God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.


Job 33:14 For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not.

Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will …

power. or, strength

Psalm 68:34,35 Ascribe you strength to God: his excellency is over Israel, and his …

Isaiah 26:4 Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except …

Revelation 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

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