Psalm 63:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

New Living Translation
I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

English Standard Version
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

New American Standard Bible
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

King James Bible
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I follow close to You; Your right hand holds on to me.

International Standard Version
My soul clings to you, even as your right hand supports me.

NET Bible
My soul pursues you; your right hand upholds me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul is gone forth after you and your right hand has rested upon me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My soul clings to you. Your right hand supports me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul has followed hard after thee; thy right hand has upheld me.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul follows close after you: your right hand upholds me.

American King James Version
My soul follows hard after you: your right hand upholds me.

American Standard Version
My soul followeth hard after thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
my soul hath stuck close to thee: thy right hand hath received me.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

English Revised Version
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

World English Bible
My soul stays close to you. Your right hand holds me up.

Young's Literal Translation
Cleaved hath my soul after Thee, On me hath Thy right hand taken hold.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

63:7-11 True Christians can, in some measure, and at some times, make use of the strong language of David, but too commonly our souls cleave to the dust. Having committed ourselves to God, we must be easy and pleased, and quiet from the fear of evil. Those that follow hard after God, would soon fail, if God's right hand did not uphold them. It is he that strengthens us and comforts us. The psalmist doubts not but that though now sowing in tears, he should reap in joy. Messiah the Prince shall rejoice in God; he is already entered into the joy set before him, and his glory will be completed at his second coming. Blessed Lord, let our desire towards thee increase every hour; let our love be always upon thee; let all our enjoyment be in thee, and all our satisfaction from thee. Be thou all in all to us while we remain in the present wilderness state, and bring us home to the everlasting enjoyment of thee for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - My soul followeth hard after thee; or, clingeth close after thee (Kay, Cheyne); "Tibi adhaeret teque sequitur" (Gesenius) - longs to come as near to thee as possible; while, on thy part, thy right hand upholdeth me; i.e. with a reciprocal action, thou puttest forth thy right hand to sustain and support me, drawing me to thee, and holding me, as it were, in thy embrace.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My soul followeth hard after thee,.... In a way of duty, and in the use of means; as prayer, meditation, &c. though at a distance from the house of God, and worship of it; that he might not lose sight of him; that he might know more of him, and have more communion with him; being drawn after him with the cords of love, and strongly affected to him. Or, "my soul cleaveth after thee", or "to thee" (t); not to the world, and the things of it; not to that which is evil, but to that which is good, even the "summum bonum"; not to the creature, but to the Lord; which is expressive of union to him, even such an one as is between man and wife, who cleave to each other, and are one flesh, Genesis 2:24; and as is between head and members, vine and branches; see 1 Corinthians 6:17; and of communion in the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty. To cleave to the Lord into hold to him, the head; to exercise the graces of faith, hope, and love upon him; and to follow him in his ways and worship; to abide by his truths; to attend his ordinances; to keep close to his people, and to adhere firmly to his cause and interest; see Acts 11:23. The Targum is,

"my soul cleaveth after thy law;''

thy right hand upholdeth me; that he fell not through the snares laid for him, and the stumbling blocks thrown in his way; that he stood and bore up under all his afflictions, temptations, and difficulties; that he was enabled to follow hard after the Lord, and cleave unto him; this supported, supplied, and protected him, even the mighty power and grace of God. In what a happy, comfortable, and safe condition must the psalmist be! his soul following hard after the Lord; and the Lord holding and sustaining him with his right hand! and how vain must be the attempts of his enemies against him! whose destruction is next predicted.

(t) "adhaesit post te", Montanus, Gejerus; "tibi adhaesit", Tigurine version; so Piscator, Michaelis.



Psalm 63:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
God, You are My God
7For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. 8My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. 9But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth.…
Cross References
Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'

Numbers 32:12
not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly.'

Deuteronomy 1:36
except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly."

Psalm 18:35
You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.

Psalm 41:12
Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.

Hosea 6:3
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."
Treasury of Scripture

My soul follows hard after you: your right hand upholds me.

My soul. `My should cleaveth [] after Thee;' which not only shews the diligence of the pursuit, and the nearness of the attainment, but the fast hold he had of the mercy of God.

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Psalm 143:6,7 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

Genesis 32:26-28 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not …

2 Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, …

Songs 3:2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the …

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit …

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 18:5,7 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her …

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Psalm 18:35 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your right …

Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds …

Psalm 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with you: you have held me by my right hand.

Psalm 94:18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Songs 2:6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand does embrace me.

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

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Philippians 2:12,13 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

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