Psalm 78:71
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New International Version
from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.

New Living Translation
He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob's descendants--God's own people, Israel.

English Standard Version
from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.

New American Standard Bible
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.

King James Bible
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brought him from tending ewes to be shepherd over His people Jacob-- over Israel, His inheritance.

International Standard Version
He brought him from birthing sheep to care for Jacob, his people, Israel, his possession.

NET Bible
He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and of Israel, his chosen nation.

New Heart English Bible
from following the ewes that have their young, he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from following nursing sheep to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He brought him from tending the ewes that had lambs so that David could be the shepherd of the people of Jacob, of Israel, the people who belonged to the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
From following the ewes that give suck He brought him, To be shepherd over Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.

New American Standard 1977
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him,
            To shepherd Jacob His people,
            And Israel His inheritance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
from following the ewes great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people and Israel his inheritance.

King James 2000 Bible
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

American King James Version
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

American Standard Version
From following the ewes that have their young he brought him, To be the shepherd of Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To feed Jacob his servant, and Israel his inheritance.

Darby Bible Translation
From following the suckling-ewes, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

English Revised Version
From following the ewes that give suck he brought him, to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

Webster's Bible Translation
From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

World English Bible
from following the ewes that have their young, he brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.

Young's Literal Translation
From behind suckling ones He hath brought him in, To rule over Jacob His people, And over Israel His inheritance.
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
70He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds; 71From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. 72So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.…
Cross References
Genesis 33:13
But he said to him, "My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are a care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die.

1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?

1 Samuel 16:1
Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons."

2 Samuel 5:2
"Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the LORD said to you, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'"

2 Samuel 7:8
"Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.

2 Samuel 23:1
Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel,

1 Chronicles 11:2
"In times past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD your God said to you, 'You shall shepherd My people Israel, and you shall be prince over My people Israel.'"

Psalm 28:9
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Isaiah 40:11
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
Treasury of Scripture

From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

from following. Heb. from after.
ewes

Genesis 33:13 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

brought

Psalm 75:6,7 For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor …

Psalm 113:7,8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of …

1 Samuel 2:7,8 The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up…

Jeremiah 27:5,6 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, …

feed

2 Samuel 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led …

1 Chronicles 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, you were he that …

Ezekiel 34:23,24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Micah 5:2-5 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Zechariah 11:4 Thus said the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

Matthew 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

(71) Ewes great with young--So also in Isaiah 40:11; but properly, ewes with lambs. Literally, giving suck.

Verse 71. - From following the ewes great with young he brought him (comp. Isaiah 40:11). The Hebrew word translated "ewes great with young" really means "ewes that are giving suck." This is the portion of the flock which needs the tenderest care. To feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance (see 1 Chronicles 11:2). As Peter, James, and John were called from their occupation of fishers to be "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19), so David was called from feeding sheep to feed God's people. From following the ewes great with young,.... Or, "from after" them (a); it was usual with the shepherd to put them before him, and to follow them, and gently drive them, which is expressive of his care and tenderness of them; see Genesis 33:13, the same is observed of David's antitype, the great and good Shepherd of the sheep, Isaiah 40:11. David was a type of Christ as a shepherd; as he kept his father's sheep, so Christ keeps those that the Father has given him, John 10:29, as David kept his flock with great care and courage, and in safety, 1 Samuel 17:34, so does the Lord Jesus Christ keep his flock in safety, and preserves it from Satan, the roaring lion, and from grievous wolves that enter into it, and every beast of prey that would devour it; and particularly as David took special care of those that were with young, so does the Lord take special care of such that are newborn babes, that have Christ formed in them, and are big with desires after him, carry a burden, and are weary, and heavy laden: the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret the word (b) of such that give suck, and so it most properly signifies:

he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance; that is, to rule over them: this is said in allusion to his having been a shepherd; and nothing is more common than for kings to be represented as shepherds, and their acts of government by leading and feeding; and one and the same word in the Greek language signifies to feed and rule: and so the Targum,

"he brought him to rule over Jacob his people:''

this was a great honour indeed, to be the governor of the Lord's people, a special people above all people on the face of the earth, and whom he had chosen to be his inheritance; and in this also he was a type of Christ, who has the throne of his father David given him, and who reigns over the house of Jacob, one of whose titles is King of saints; for as the government of the world in general, so of the church in particular, is on his shoulders, Luke 1:32.

(a) "de post", Montanus, Vatablus, Gejerus; "a post", Michaelis. (b) "lactantes", Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis. 71. following … ewes, etc.—literally, "ewes giving suck" (compare Isa 40:11). On the pastoral terms, compare Ps 79:13. 78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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