Psalm 71:3
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New International Version
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

New Living Translation
Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

English Standard Version
Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

New American Standard Bible
Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.

King James Bible
Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.

International Standard Version
Be my sheltering refuge where I may go continuously; command my deliverance for you are my rock and fortress.

NET Bible
Be my protector and refuge, a stronghold where I can be safe! For you are my high ridge and my stronghold.

New Heart English Bible
Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go. Give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be my dwelling place that I may enter it always, and command to save me, because you are the house of my refuge and my fortress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be a rock on which I may live, a place where I may always go. You gave the order to save me! Indeed, you are my rock and my fortress.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be Thou to me a sheltering rock, whereunto I may continually resort, Which Thou hast appointed to save me; For Thou art my rock and my fortress.

New American Standard 1977
Be Thou to me a rock of habitation, to which I may continually come;
            Thou hast given commandment to save me,
            For Thou art my rock and my fortress.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be thou my strong habitation unto which I may continually resort; thou hast given a commandment that I should be saved because thou art my rock and my fortress.

King James 2000 Bible
Be my strong habitation, to which I may continually resort: you have given commandment to save me; for you are my rock and my fortress.

American King James Version
Be you my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: you have given commandment to save me; for you are my rock and my fortress.

American Standard Version
Be thou to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: Thou hast given commandment to save me; For thou art my rock and my fortress.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a place of strength: that thou mayst make me safe. For thou art my firmament and my refuge.

Darby Bible Translation
Be to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

English Revised Version
Be thou to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be thou my strong habitation, to which I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

World English Bible
Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go. Give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Young's Literal Translation
Be to me for a rock -- a habitation, To go in continually, Thou hast given command to save me, For my rock and my bulwark art Thou.
Study Bible
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
2In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:27
"The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, 'Destroy!'

2 Samuel 22:2
He said, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

Psalm 7:6
Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries, And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 31:2
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.

Psalm 31:3
For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.

Psalm 42:8
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 90:1
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psalm 91:9
For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
Treasury of Scripture

Be you my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: you have given commandment to save me; for you are my rock and my fortress.

my strong habitation [heb.] to me for a rock of habitation

Psalm 31:2,3 Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be you my strong rock, …

Psalm 91:1,2 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

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

Isaiah 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions …

thou hast

Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 68:28 Your God has commanded your strength: strengthen, O God, that which …

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways…

Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and …

Revelation 7:2,3 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal …

my rock

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

Psalm 144:2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my …

(3) Rock.--Better, cliff (Hebrew selah), to distinguish it from tsr, above.

Verse 3. - Be thou my strong Habitation; literally, be thou to me for a Rock of habitation; i.e. a rock upon which I may take up my abode. Whereunto I may continually resort. Exegetical of the preceding clause, habitation" Thou hast given "a rock of commandment to save me. It is in thy counsels that I am to be helped and saved - not left to the will of my enemies (comp. Psalm 68:28). This conviction lies at the root of the psalmist's faith and trust. For thou art my Rock and my Fortress (comp. Psalm 18:2; Psalm 61:2, 3, etc.). Be thou my strong habitation,.... This is very appropiately said, when David was driven out of his dwelling place, and palace at Jerusalem, by his son, as Kimchi observes. When God's people have no certain dwelling place, which is sometimes their case, they always find one in the Lord; particularly in his heart's love; for he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, 1 John 4:16; and a strong habitation he is: wherefore he is called a strong rock, a strong hold, a strong tower; he is as a wall of fire around his people, a munition of rocks; his salvation is as walls and bulwarks, and his power as a garrison in which they are kept. The psalmist adds,

whereunto I may continually resort; or "may go into daily" (r), in times of danger and distress, for safety; the name of the Lord being a strong tower, whither the righteous run, and are safe, Proverbs 18:10; and his perfections, his power, faithfulness, lovingkindness, and unchangeableness, being as so many secret chambers, where they may enter into, and hide themselves, till calamities are over, Psalm 57:1; and every day indeed for food, for comfort, for refreshment and pleasure, through communion with him; and God in Christ is always to be come at: Christ is the way of access and acceptance; and through his blood, sacrifice, and righteousness, the believer has boldness to enter into the holiest of all, and go up to the seat of God, the throne of his grace; and even to enter into him himself, who has been the dwelling place of his people in all generations, Psalm 90:1;

thou hast given commandment to save me; either to the ministering angels, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it, comparing it with Psalm 91:11; or rather to his Son, in the council and covenant of grace and peace; when he enjoined him the salvation of his people, which he readily agreed to, and with which David was acquainted, Psalm 40:7; of this command our Lord speaks, John 10:18; and to which he was obedient, Philippians 2:8; it may respect David's salvation from present trouble, and his assurance of it, believing that the Lord had determined it, and by his mighty power would effect it; see Psalm 44:4;

for thou art my rock and my fortress; see Psalm 18:2.

(r) "ut ingrediar jugiter", Pagninus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 3. given commandment—literally, "ordained," as in Ps 44:4; 68:28.

rock … fortress—(Ps 18:2).71:1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed of dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake them when their strength fails.
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