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

New Living Translation
My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection.

English Standard Version
I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.

New American Standard Bible
I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge.

King James Bible
I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have become an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge.

International Standard Version
I have become an example to many that you are my strong refuge.

NET Bible
Many are appalled when they see me, but you are my secure shelter.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have been a wonder to many, for you are my strong confidence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have become an example to many people, but you are my strong refuge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am as a wonder unto many, but thou art my strong refuge.

King James 2000 Bible
I am as a wonder unto many; but you are my strong refuge.

American King James Version
I am as a wonder to many; but you are my strong refuge.

American Standard Version
I am as a wonder unto many; But thou art my strong refuge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I run become unto many as a wonder, but thou art a strong helper.

Darby Bible Translation
I have been as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

English Revised Version
I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am as a wonder to many; but thou art my strong refuge.

World English Bible
I am a marvel to many, but you are my strong refuge.

Young's Literal Translation
As a wonder I have been to many, And Thou art my strong refuge.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - I am as a wonder unto many; or, as a portent, a prodigy - something montrous. Some explain, "as an object of God's singular favour from his youth" (Kay, Cheyne); others, "as a marvellous example of God's punishments" (Schultens, Hengstenberg, Professor Alexander, Canon Cook). The latter explanation is supported by Deuteronomy 28:46, and, on the whole, seems preferable. But thou art my strong Refuge (see above, ver. 3, ad fin.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am as a wonder unto many,.... To the multitude, to the populace, or "to the great" (u) and mighty; and indeed to both: which respects not his wonderful preservation from the womb, he had before observed; nor his being in a wonderful manner raised to the throne of Israel; nor the wonderful things and amazing exploits done by him, and victories he obtained; nor the wonderful instances of divine grace and goodness to him; but rather the forlorn and distressed state and condition he was now in, being obliged to quit his palace, and flee from the face of his son, accompanied only with a few of his servants; and so was a shocking sight, a spectacle, as the apostle says of himself, to others, to the world, to angels, and to men, 1 Corinthians 4:9; so the Messiah and his children are said to be set for signs and wonders, Isaiah 8:18; and Joshua and his fellows to be men wondered at, Zechariah 3:8; as the saints are by themselves, that they should partake of such favours; and by the angels, that they should be the objects of electing, redeeming, calling, adopting, justifying, and pardoning grace; and by the world, that they should choose to suffer affliction and reproach for Christ, bear it with so much patience, and be supported, and thrive under it; see 2 Corinthians 6:8;

but thou art my strong refuge; or "my refuge of strength" (w); his refuge and strength, as in Psalm 46:1; his refuge, to which he betook himself, when refuge failed him, and no man cared for him, and which he found to be a strong one, and in it safety.

(u) "multis vel magnis", Piscator; so Ainsworth. (w) "refugium meum roboris", Gejerus.



Psalm 71:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
6By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. 7I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge. 8My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:9
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.

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

Psalm 73:28
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Psalm 94:22
But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.

Isaiah 8:18
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
Treasury of Scripture

I am as a wonder to many; but you are my strong refuge.

as a wonder--Kemopaton, `as a prodigy:' my low estate,--my slaying the lion and bear, -conquering the Philistine,-escaping the fury of Saul,-being raised to the throne of Israel,- enduring such uncommon trials and afflictions,--and experiencing such wonderful deliverances, all mark me out as the subject of `[wonder] unto many; but Thou art my strong Refuge.'

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs …

Zechariah 3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested to Joshua, saying,

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

2 Corinthians 6:8-10 By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, …

thou art

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

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

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

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