2 Samuel 22:44
New International Version
"You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,

New Living Translation
"You gave me victory over my accusers. You preserved me as the ruler over nations; people I don't even know now serve me.

English Standard Version
“You delivered me from strife with my people; you kept me as the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.

Berean Study Bible
You have delivered me from the strife of my people; You have preserved me as the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me.

New American Standard Bible
"You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people; You have kept me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

King James Bible
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

Christian Standard Bible
You have freed me from the feuds among my people; you have preserved me as head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.

Contemporary English Version
You rescued me from my stubborn people and made me the leader of foreign nations, who are now my slaves.

Good News Translation
You saved me from my rebellious people and maintained my rule over the nations; people I did not know have now become my subjects.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have freed me from the feuds among my people; You have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.

International Standard Version
You delivered me from civil war among my own people. You preserved me as head of the nations. People whom I had never known served me!

NET Bible
You rescue me from a hostile army; you preserve me as a leader of nations; people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects.

New Heart English Bible
You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people. You have kept me to be the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You rescued me from my conflicts with my people. You kept me as the leader of nations. A people I did not know will serve me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou also hast delivered me from the contentions of my people; Thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

New American Standard 1977
“Thou hast also delivered me from the contentions of my people; Thou hast kept me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of peoples; thou hast kept me to be head of the Gentiles; peoples whom I did not know have served me.

King James 2000 Bible
You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the nations: a people whom I knew not shall serve me.

American King James Version
You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

American Standard Version
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people; Thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt deliver me from the striving of the peoples, thou shalt keep me to be the head of the Gentiles: a people which I knew not served me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt save me from the contradictions of my people: thou wilt keep me to be the head of the Gentiles: the people which I know not, shall serve me,

Darby Bible Translation
And thou hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, Thou hast kept me to be head of the nations: A people I knew not doth serve me:

English Revised Version
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people; thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

World English Bible
You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people. You have kept me to be the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known will serve me.

Young's Literal Translation
And -- Thou dost deliver me From the strivings of my people, Thou placest me for a head of nations; A people I have not known do serve me.
Study Bible
David's Song of Deliverance
43I ground them as the dust of the earth; I crushed and trampled them like mud in the streets. 44You have delivered me from the strife of my people; You have preserved me as the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me. 45Foreigners cower before me; when they hear me, they obey me.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:1
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was protracted. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 8:1
Some time later, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah from the hand of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 19:9
And all the people throughout the tribes of Israel were arguing, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and rescued us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled the land because of Absalom.

2 Samuel 19:14
So Amasa swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah as though they were one man, and they sent word to the king: "Return, you and all your servants."

Isaiah 55:5
Surely you will summon a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you will run to you. For the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, has bestowed glory on you."

Treasury of Scripture

You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

delivered

2 Samuel 3:1
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 5:1
Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

2 Samuel 18:6-8
So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; …

head

2 Samuel 8:1-14
And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines…

Deuteronomy 28:13
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Psalm 2:8
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

a people

Isaiah 55:5
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Isaiah 65:1
I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Hosea 2:23
And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.







Lexicon
You have delivered me
וַֽתְּפַלְּטֵ֔נִי (wat·tə·p̄al·lə·ṭê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6403: To slip out, escape, to deliver

from the strife
מֵרִיבֵ֖י (mê·rî·ḇê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7379: Strife, dispute

of my people;
עַמִּ֑י (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

You have preserved me
תִּשְׁמְרֵ֙נִי֙ (tiš·mə·rê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

as the head
לְרֹ֣אשׁ (lə·rōš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

of nations;
גּוֹיִ֔ם (gō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

a people
עַ֥ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

I had not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

known
יָדַ֖עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

shall serve me.
יַעַבְדֻֽנִי׃ (ya·‘aḇ·ḏu·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave
Verses 44-46. -

"And thou hast delivered me from the strivings of my people;
Thou hast protected me that I might be head of the nations.
A people whom! knew not have become my servants;
Children of strangers have submitted themselves to me;
At the hearing of the ear they obeyed me.
The children of the strangers faded away;
They fled trembling out of their fastnesses."
People, in the singular, means the Jewish people as opposed to the nations, that is, the heathen world. The strivings here referred to are the long dissensions which followed Ishbosheth's death, and delayed for many the appointment of David as king of Israel. He now feels that the watchful which had protected him during that dangerous period had a higher purpose than the union of the twelve tribes under one head. He was to be the founder also of that empire over the nations which symbolized the gift of the heathen world to Christ. And this empire had been extended to people previously unknown to David. Such might be the case with Hadarezer, King of Zobah, but it more especially referred to Toi, and the Hittite kingdom of Hamath (2 Samuel 8:9). It was not from force of arms, but from the hearing of the ear, that is, from the wide extended fame of David's conquests, that Toi sent ambassadors to offer allegiance and presents. They fled trembling. This is certainly the sense in Psalm 18:45, where, however, there is a transposition of letters. Probably it is the sense here. But if we might go to the cognate languages for an explanation of a rare word, it would mean "came limping out of their fastnesses," as men worn out with fatigue and exhaustion. 22:1-51 David's psalm of thanksgiving. - This chapter is a psalm of praise; we find it afterwards nearly as Ps 18. They that trust God in the way of duty, shall find him a present help in their greatest dangers: David did so. Remarkable preservations should be particularly mentioned in our praises. We shall never be delivered from all enemies till we get to heaven. God will preserve all his people, 2Ti 4:18. Those who receive signal mercies from God, ought to give him the glory. In the day that God delivered David, he sang this song. While the mercy is fresh, and we are most affected with it, let the thank-offering be brought, to be kindled with the fire of that affection. All his joys and hopes close, as all our hopes should do, in the great Redeemer.
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