|New International Version (©2011)|
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,
New Living Translation (©2007)
for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!
English Standard Version (©2001)
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice,
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Today, if you hear His voice:
International Standard Version (©2012)
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the flock in his care. If only you would listen to his voice today,
NET Bible (©2006)
For he is our God; we are the people of his pasture, the sheep he owns. Today, if only you would obey him!
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Because he is our God and we are his people and the sheep of his pasture; today if you will hear his voice,
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
because he is our God and we are the people in his care, the flock that he leads. If only you would listen to him today!
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if you will hear his voice,
American King James Version
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if you will hear his voice,
American Standard Version
For he is our God, And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To-day, oh that ye would hear his voice!
For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Darby Bible Translation
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. To-day if ye hear his voice,
English Revised Version
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, Oh that ye would hear his voice!
Webster's Bible Translation
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To-day, if ye will hear his voice,
World English Bible
for he is our God. We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep in his care. Today, oh that you would hear his voice!
Young's Literal Translation
For He is our God, and we the people of His pasture, And the flock of His hand, To-day, if to His voice ye hearken,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
95:7-11 Christ calls upon his people to hear his voice. You call him Master, or Lord; then be his willing, obedient people. Hear the voice of his doctrine, of his law, and in both, of his Spirit: hear and heed; hear and yield. Christ's voice must be heard to-day. This day of opportunity will not last always; improve it while it is called to-day. Hearing the voice of Christ is the same with believing. Hardness of heart is at the bottom of all distrust of the Lord. The sins of others ought to be warnings to us not to tread in their steps. The murmurings of Israel were written for our admonition. God is not subject to such passions as we are; but he is very angry at sin and sinners. That certainly is evil, which deserves such a recompence; and his threatenings are as sure as his promises. Let us be aware of the evils of our hearts, which lead us to wander from the Lord. There is a rest ordained for believers, the rest of everlasting refreshment, begun in this life, and perfected in the life to come. This is the rest which God calls his rest.
Verse 7a. - For he is our God. A second, and a more urgent, reason for worshipping God. Not only is he a "great God" (ver. 3), but he is also "our God" - our own God - brought into the closest personal relationship with us. And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand (comp. Psalm 74:1; Psalm 79:13; Psalm 80:1, etc.). We are led by him, tended by him, fed by him, folded by him. We owe everything to his shepherding. Verses 7b-11. - The warning against waywardness. This is delivered in four, or rather four and a half, verses, and commences with the words, "Today if ye will hear his voice." Verse 7b. - Today. This word, standing prominently forward as it does, is a startling call, intimating that the time is come for a momentous decision. If ye will hear his voice. God is crying to his people - will they hear, or will they forbear? If the former, all will go well; if the latter, than assuredly they shall not enter into his rest. The "voice" intended proceeds to give the warning of vers. 8-11.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
For he is our God,.... God over all, blessed for ever, truly and properly God, and therefore to be worshipped: "our God"; in whom we have interest, who became our head and surety in covenant; took upon him our nature, is our "Immanuel", God with as, which increases the obligation to worship him; these are the words of New Testament saints:
and we are the people of his pasture; for whom he has provided a good pasture; whom he leads into it, and feeds in it, even by the ministry of the word and ordinances:
and the sheep of his hand; made and fashioned by his hand, both in a natural and spiritual sense; led and guided by his hand, as a flock by the hand of the shepherd; are in his hand, being put there for safety by his Father; and upheld by it, and preserved in it, and from whence none can pluck them; see Deuteronomy 33:3 receiving such favours from him, he ought to be worshipped by them. The Heathens had a deity they called Pan, whom they make to be a keeper of sheep (e); and some Christian writers have thought that Christ the chief Shepherd is meant; since, when the Heathen oracles ceased, after the coming and death of Christ, a voice is (f) said to be heard at a certain place, "the great Pan is dead: today, if ye will hear his voice"; the voice of the Shepherd, the voice of God, says Aben Ezra, his Word, as the Targum; the voice of the Messiah, both his perceptive voice, his commands and ordinances, which ought to be hearkened to and obeyed; and the voice of his Gospel, and the doctrines of it; which is to be heard not only externally, but internally: when it is heard as to be understood, to be approved of and believed, and to be distinguished; so as to have a spiritual and experimental knowledge of it; to feel the power and efficacy of it, and practically attend to it; it is an evidence of being the sheep of Christ; see John 10:4, where the sheep are said to know the voice of the shepherd, and not that of a stranger; of which Polybius (g) gives a remarkable instance in the goats of the island of Cyrnon, who will flee from strangers, but, as soon as the keeper sounds his trumpet, they will run to him: though the words may be connected with what follows, as they are in Hebrews 3:7, where they are said to be the words of the Holy Ghost, and are applied to times, and are interpreted of the voice of the Son of God in his house; for though it may refer to some certain day in David's time, as the seventh day sabbath, in which the voice of God might be heard, the word of God read and explained; and in Gospel times, as the Lord's day, in which Christ speaks by his ministers; and to the whole time of a man's life, which is called "while it is today", Hebrews 3:13, yet it chiefly respects the whole day of the Gospel, the whole Gospel dispensation, 2 Corinthians 6:2.
(e) "Pan ovium custos----" Virgil. Georgic. l. 1. v. 17. "Pana deum pecoris veteres coluisse feruntur", Ovid. Fasti, l. 2.((f) Plutarch. de orac. defect. p. 419. (g) Hist. l. 12. in principio.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
7. This relation illustrates our entire dependence (compare Ps 23:3; 74:1). The last clause is united by Paul (Heb 3:7) to the following (compare Ps 81:8),
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