Psalm 91:3
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New International Version
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.

New Living Translation
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

English Standard Version
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

New American Standard Bible
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.

King James Bible
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He Himself will deliver you from the hunter's net, from the destructive plague.

International Standard Version
He will surely deliver you from the hunter's snare and from the destructive plague.

NET Bible
he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He is the one who shall deliver you from the snare of scandal and from worthless speech.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is the one who will rescue you from hunters' traps and from deadly plagues.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the mortal pestilence.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.

American King James Version
Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

American Standard Version
For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.

Darby Bible Translation
Surely *he* shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the destructive pestilence.

English Revised Version
For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

World English Bible
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.

Young's Literal Translation
For He delivereth thee from the snare of a fowler, From a calamitous pestilence.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

91:1-8 He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father's will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God's people shall see, not only God's promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer's name; and encourage others to trust in him also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Surely he shall deliver thee. The second speaker takes up the word, and naturally changes the person. Addressing the first speaker, he says - Yes, assuredly, God shall deliver thee from whatever dangers beset thee: as, first, from the snare of the fowler (comp. Psalm 124:7; Proverbs 6:5); and, secondly, from the noisome pestilence (comp. ver. 6), i.e. from all dangers whatsoever - not more from these than from others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,.... These are the words of the psalmist, either speaking to himself, for the encouragement of his own faith and trust in the Lord; or to the man that dwells in the secret place, and under the shadow of the most High; which latter seems most agreeable; though Cocceius thinks they are the words of God in one of his Persons, speaking of another divine Person that should deliver such that trust in him: the Targum makes them to be the words of David to Solomon his son. By the "fowler" and his "snare" may be meant either Saul, who laid wait for David, spread snares for him, and hunted him as a partridge on the mountains, from whom he was delivered; or rather any tyrannical enemy and persecutor of the saints, who lay snares for them; and these are broken by the Lord, and so they escape, as a bird out of the hands of the fowler, Psalm 124:6 or it may, best of all, be understood of Satan and his temptations, which are as snares that he lays to catch the people of God in, and from which they are delivered by the power and grace of God; see 1 Timothy 3:7.

and from the noisome pestilence; the most pernicious and destructive one; which may be literally understood of any pestilential distemper; from which the Lord, by his powerful providence, sometimes protects his people, when in danger of it: or, spiritually, of the pestilential disease of sin, that noisome and deadly one, the plague of the heart, which is the worst of all plagues; and from the ruinous and destructive effects and consequences of which the Lord saves his saints.

The Treasury of David

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psalm 91:3

"Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler." Assuredly no subtle plot shall succeed against one who has the eyes of God watching for his defence. We are foolish and weak as poor little birds, and are very apt to be lured to our destruction by cunning foes, but if we dwell near to God, he will see to it that the most skilful deceiver shall not entrap us.

"Satan the fowler who betrays

Unguarded souls a thousand ways,"

shall be foiled in the case of the man whose high and honourable condition consists in residence within the holy place of the Most High. "And from the noisome pestilence." He who is a Spirit can protect us from evil spirits, he who is mysterious can rescue us from mysterious dangers, he who is immortal can redeem us from mortal sickness. There is a deadly pestilence of error, we are safe from that if we dwell in communion with the God of truth; there is a fatal pestilence of sin, we shall not be infected by it if we abide with the thrice Holy One; there is also a pestilence of disease, and even from that calamity our faith shall win immunity if it be of that high order which abides in God, walks on in calm serenity, and ventures all things for duty's sake. Faith by cheering the heart keeps it free from the fear which, in times of pestilence, kills more than the plague itself. It will not in all cases ward off disease and death, but where the man is such as Psalm 91:1 describes, it will assuredly render him immortal where others die; if all the saints are not so sheltered it is because they have not all such a close abiding with God, and consequently not such confidence in the promise. Such special faith is not given to all, for there are diversities in the measure of faith. It is not of all believers that the Psalmist sings, but only of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Too many among us are weak in faith, and in fact place more reliance in a phial or a globule than in the Lord and giver of life, and if we die of pestilence as others die it is because we acted like others, and did not in patience possess our souls. The great mercy is that in such a case our deaths are blessed, and it is well with us, for we are for ever with the Lord. Pestilence to the saints shall not be noisome but the messenger of heaven.

Psalm 91:4

"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust." A wonderful expression! Had it been invented by an uninspired man it would have verged upon blasphemy, for who should dare to apply such words to the Infinite Jehovah? But as he himself authorised yea, dictated the language, we have here a transcendent condescension, such as it becomes us to admire and adore. Doth the Lord speak of his feathers, as though he likened himself to a bird? Who will not see herein a matchless love, a divine tenderness, which should both woo and win our confidence? Even as a hen covereth her chickens so doth the Lord protect the souls which dwell in him; let us cower down beneath him for comfort and for safety. Hawks in the sky and snares in the field are equally harmless when we nestle so near the Lord. "His truth" - his true promise, and his faithfulness to his promise "shall be thy shield and buckler." Double armour has he who relies upon the Lord. He bears a shield and wears an all-surrounding coat of mail - such is the force of the word "buckler." To quench fiery darts the truth is a most effectual shield, and to blunt all swords it is an equally effectual coat of mail. Let us go forth to battle thus harnessed for the war, and we shall be safe in the thickest of the fight. It has been so, and so shall it be till we reach the land of peace, and there among the "helmed cherubim and sworded seraphim," we will wear no other ornament, his truth shall still be our shield and buckler.

Psalm 91:5

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. snares … [and] … noisome pestilence—literally, "plagues of mischiefs" (Ps 5:9; 52:7), are expressive figures for various evils.

Psalm 91:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
My Refuge and My Fortress
2I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" 3For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:37
"When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come,

2 Chronicles 20:9
If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'

Psalm 91:6
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Psalm 119:110
The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

Psalm 141:9
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.

Proverbs 6:5
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Ezekiel 13:21
I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Daniel 3:25
He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
Treasury of Scripture

Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

snare

Psalm 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the …

Psalm 141:9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins …

Proverbs 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, …

Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in …

Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare …

Amos 3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare on the earth, where no gin is for him? …

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, …

and from

Psalm 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction …

Numbers 14:37,38 Even those men that did bring up the evil report on the land, died …

Numbers 16:46-48 And Moses said to Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from …

2 Samuel 24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning even to …

Job 5:10-22 Who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields…

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