2 Samuel 22:35
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English Standard Version
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

King James Bible
He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

American Standard Version
He teacheth my hands to war, So that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He teacheth my bands to war: and maketh my arms like a bow of brass.

English Revised Version
He teacheth my hands to war; so that mine arms do bend a bow of brass.

Webster's Bible Translation
He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms.

2 Samuel 22:35 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 Samuel 22:29 commences the description of the help which David had already received from God in his conflict with the enemies of Israel, and which he would still receive.

29 For Thou art my lamp, O Jehovah!

And Jehovah maketh my darkness bright.

30 For through Thee I run troops,

And through my God I leap walls.

31 God - innocent is His way.

The word of Jehovah is refined,

A shield is He to all who trust in Him.

The explanatory כּי, with which the new description of the divine mercy commences, refers to the thought implied in 2 Samuel 22:28, that David belonged to the "afflicted people," whom the Lord always helps. As the Lord delivered him out of the danger of death, because He took pleasure in him, so He also gave him power over all his enemies. For He was his lamp, i.e., He had lifted him out of a condition of depression and contempt into one of glory and honour (see at 2 Samuel 21:17), and would still further enlighten his darkness, i.e., "would cause the light of His salvation to shine upon him and his tribe in all the darkness of their distress" (Hengstenberg). In the psalm the verse reads thus: "For Thou lightest (makest bright) my lamp (or candle), Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness;" the bold figure "Jehovah the lamp of David" being more literally explained. The figure is analogous to the one in Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is my light;" whilst the form ניר is a later mode of writing נר.

2 Samuel 22:35 Parallel Commentaries

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teacheth

Psalm 18:33,34 He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me on my high places...

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

to war [heb] for the war
a bow

Psalm 46:9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in sunder; he burns the chariot in the fire.

Ezekiel 39:3,9,10 And I will smite your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand...

Cross References
1 Samuel 17:45
Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Job 20:24
He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.

Psalm 18:34
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Psalm 144:1
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

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