1 Samuel 2:9
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English Standard Version
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

King James Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

American Standard Version
He will keep the feet of his holy ones; But the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness, because no man shall prevail by his own strength.

English Revised Version
He will keep the feet of his holy ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Webster's Bible Translation
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

1 Samuel 2:9 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 None is holy as the Lord; for there is none beside Thee;

And no rock is as our God.

3 Speak ye not much lofty, lofty;

Let (not) insolence go out of thy mouth!

For the Lord is an omniscient God,

And with Him deeds are weighed.

God manifests himself as holy in the government of the kingdom of His grace by His guidance of the righteous to salvation (see at Exodus 19:6). But holiness is simply the moral reflection of the glory of the one absolute God. This explains the reason given for His holiness, viz., "there is not one (a God) beside thee" (cf. 2 Samuel 22:32). As the holy and only One, God is the rock (vid., Deuteronomy 32:4, Deuteronomy 32:15; Psalm 18:3) in which the righteous can always trust. The wicked therefore should tremble before His holiness, and not talk in their pride of the lofty things which they have accomplished or intend to perform. גּבהה is defined more precisely in the following clause, which is also dependent upon אל by the word עתק, as insolent words spoken by the wicked against the righteous (see Psalm 31:19). For Jehovah hears such words; He is "a God of knowledge" (Deus scientiarum), a God who sees and knows every single thing. The plural דּעות has an intensive signification. עללות נתכּנוּ לא might be rendered "deeds are not weighed, or equal" (cf. Ezekiel 18:25-26; Ezekiel 33:17). But this would only apply to the actions of men; for the acts of God are always just, or weighed. But an assertion respecting the actions of men does not suit the context. Hence this clause is reckoned in the Masora as one of the passages in which לא stands for לו (see at Exodus 21:8). "To Him (with Him) deeds are weighed:" that is to say, the acts of God are weighed, i.e., equal or just. This is the real meaning according to the passages in Ezekiel, and not "the actions of men are weighed by Him" (De Wette, Maurer, Ewald, etc.): for God weighs the minds and hearts of men (Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2; Proverbs 24:12), not their actions. This expression never occurs. The weighed or righteous acts of God are described in 1 Samuel 2:4-8 in great and general traits, as displayed in the government of His kingdom through the marvellous changes which occur in the circumstances connected with the lives of the righteous and the wicked.

1 Samuel 2:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

will keep

Job 5:24 And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.

Psalm 37:23,24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way...

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways...

Psalm 94:18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Psalm 121:3,5,8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber...

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

his saints

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words.

Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 2:8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you...

be silent

Job 5:16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defended cities, and let us be silent there...

Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess...

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:12,13 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless...

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

by strength

1 Samuel 17:49,50 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead...

Psalm 33:16,17 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength...

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise...

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might...

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power...

Cross References
Matthew 8:12
while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

1 Peter 1:5
who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Numbers 6:24
The LORD bless you and keep you;

Psalm 31:17
O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.

Psalm 33:16
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

Psalm 33:17
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;

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