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

New Living Translation
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

English Standard Version
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

New American Standard Bible
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

King James Bible
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon.

International Standard Version
plague that strikes in the darkness, or calamity that destroys at noon.

NET Bible
the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.

New Heart English Bible
nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or of the account that walks in darkness or of the spirit that devastates at noonday.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

New American Standard 1977
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
            Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

Jubilee Bible 2000
nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.

King James 2000 Bible
Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.

American King James Version
Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.

American Standard Version
For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.

Darby Bible Translation
For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

English Revised Version
For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.

World English Bible
nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Young's Literal Translation
Of pestilence in thick darkness that walketh, Of destruction that destroyeth at noon,
Study Bible
My Refuge and My Fortress
5You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; 6Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. 7A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:24
They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them, With the venom of crawling things of the dust.

2 Kings 19:35
Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.

Job 5:21
"You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.

Job 5:22
"You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.

Psalm 91:3
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.

Psalm 91:10
No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.
Treasury of Scripture

Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.

pestilence

Psalm 121:5,6 The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand…

Exodus 12:29,30 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn …

2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out…

destruction

Numbers 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

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

Matthew 24:6,7 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not …

1 Corinthians 10:3-10 And did all eat the same spiritual meat…

(6) Darkness . . . noonday.--Night and noon are, in Oriental climates, the most unwholesome, the former from exhalations, the latter from the fierce heat.

Destruction.--From a root meaning "to cut off;" here, from parallelism, "deadly sickness."

Verse 6. - Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness. The plague god is personified and represented as stalking through the land in the hours of darkness. Parallels have been found in the literature of the Babylonians (see 'Babylonian and Oriental Record,' vol. 1, p. 12) and elsewhere. Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. The rare word, קטב, translated "destruction" here and in Deuteronomy 32:24, is rendered by the LXX. διαμόνιον, and the entire phrase, "for the destruction that wasteth at noonday" becomes ἀπὸ συμπτώματος καὶ δαιμονίου μεσημβρινοῦ - "from ruin and the demon of the midday" - by which sunstroke would seem to be meant (comp. Psalm 121:6, "The sun shall not smite thee by day"). Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness,.... Some think, and not without cause, that what is figuratively expressed in the preceding verse is here explained; and, indeed, the "pestilence" may well be called the "terror by night": the name of the plague, at a distance, is terrible; the near approach of it is more so; when it enters a country, city, or town, what fleeing is there from it? and in the night season it is more dreadful than in the day; not only to think of it in the gloomy watches of the night, but to see the vast numbers carried out to be interred, and to hear the dismal cry, Bring out your dead: and so it is here said to "walk in darkness"; in the darkness of the night, or to arise from dark and unknown causes; when it moves and walks through cities, towns, and villages, and there is no stopping it: and this also may be the "arrow that flieth by day"; which flies as swift as an arrow, and that flies as swift as a bird (r); this is taken out of the Lord's quiver, has its commission and direction from him, and does execution by night and by day: the plague that smote the firstborn in Egypt was in the night; and that which was in David's time, and might be the occasion of penning this psalm, began in the day, Exodus 12:29,

nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day; as the pestilence, which may be increased, and rage the more, through the heat of the day; and which destroys great numbers wherever it comes: seventy thousand were taken off in three days by the plague occasioned by David's numbering of the people: the Targum is,

"of a company of devils that destroy at noon day;''

that is, thou shall not be afraid: some think respect is had to a pestilential hot wind, common in the eastern countries, which begins to blow about eight o'clock in a morning, and is hottest at noon; which instantly suffocates persons, burns them, and reduces them to ashes presently, which the Arabs call "sammiel", or a poison wind (s).

(r) "Voluces sagittae", Virgil. Aeneid. 12. "volante sagitta", Ovid. Trist. eleg. 10. (s) Vide Thevenot's Travels, par. 2. sect. 1. c. 12. p. 54. & l. 3. c. 8. p. 135. 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.
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