Psalm 115:11
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English Standard Version
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

King James Bible
Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

American Standard Version
Ye that fear Jehovah, trust in Jehovah: He is their help and their shield.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that fear the Lord hath hoped in the Lord: he is their helper and their protector.

English Revised Version
Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet, with "And our God," in the name of Israel opposes the scornful question of the heathen by the believingly joyous confession of the exaltation of Jahve above the false gods. Israel's God is in the heavens, and is therefore supramundane in nature and life, and the absolutely unlimited One, who is able to do all things with a freedom that is conditioned only by Himself: quod vult, valet (Psalm 115:3 equals Psalm 135:6, Wisd. 12:18, and frequently). The carved gods (עצב, from עצב, cogn. חצב, קצב) of the heathen, on the contrary, are dead images, which are devoid of all life, even of the sensuous life the outward organs of which are imagined upon them. It cannot be proved with Ecclesiastes 5:16 that ידיהם and רגליחם are equivalent to ידים להם, רגלים. They are either subjects which the Waw apodosis cf. Genesis 22:24; Proverbs 23:24; Habakkuk 2:5) renders prominent, or casus absoluti (Ges. ֗145, 2), since both verbs have the idols themselves as their subjects less on account of their gender (יד and רגל are feminine, but the Hebrew usage of genders is very free and not carried out uniformly) as in respect of Psalm 115:7: with reference to their hands, etc. ימישׁוּן is the energetic future form, which goes over from משׁשׁ into מוּשׁ, for ימשּׁוּ. It is said once again in Psalm 115:7 that speech is wanting to them; for the other negations only deny life to them, this at the same time denies all personality. The author might know from his own experience how little was the distinction made by the heathen worship between the symbol and the thing symbolized. Accordingly the worship of idols seems to him, as to the later prophets, to be the extreme of self-stupefaction and of the destruction of human consciousness; and the final destiny of the worshippers of false gods, as he says in Psalm 115:8, is, that they become like to their idols, that is to say, being deprived of their consciousness, life, and existence, they come to nothing, like those their nothingnesses (Isaiah 44:9). This whole section of the Psalm is repeated in Psalm 135 (Psalm 115:6, Psalm 115:15).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that hope in his mercy;

Psalm 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.

Revelation 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great.

Cross References
Psalm 5:7
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.

Psalm 22:23
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

Psalm 103:11
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

Psalm 118:4
Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

Psalm 135:20
O house of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!

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