Psalm 17:15
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English Standard Version
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

King James Bible
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

American Standard Version
As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: I shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.

English Revised Version
As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The covenant relationship towards Himself in which Jahve has placed David, and the relationship of love in which David stands to Jahve, fully justified the oppressed one in his extreme request. The apple of the eye, which is surrounded by the iris, is called אישׁון, the man (Arabic insân), or in the diminutive and endearing sense of the termination on: the little man of the eye, because a picture in miniature of one's self is seen, as in a glass, when looking into another person's eye. בּת־עין either because it is as if born out of the eye and the eye has, as it were, concentrated itself in it, or rather because the little image which is mirrored in it is, as it were, the little daughter of the eye (here and Lamentations 2:18). To the Latin pupilla (pupula), Greek κόρη, corresponds most closely בּבת עין, Zechariah 2:12, which does not signify the gate, aperture, sight, but, as בּת shows, the little boy, or more strictly, the little girl of the eye. It is singular that אישׁון here has the feminine בּת־עין as the expression in apposition to it. The construction might be genitival: "as the little man of the apple of the eye," inasmuch as the saint knows himself to be so near to God, that, as it were, his image in miniature is mirrored in the great eye of God. But (1) the more ozdinary name for the pupil of the eye is not בּת עין, but אישׁון; and (2) with that construction the proper point of the comparison, that the apple of the eye is an object of the most careful self-preservation, is missed. There is, consequently, a combination of two names of the pupil or apple of the eye, the usual one and one more select, without reference to the gender of the former, in order to give greater definition and emphasis to the figure. The primary passage for this bold figure, which is the utterance of loving entreaty, is Deuteronomy 32:10, where the dazzling anthropomorphism is effaced by the lxx and other ancient versions;

(Note: Vid., Geiger, Urschrift und Ueberstezungen der Bibel, S. 324.)

cf. also Sir. 17:22. Then follows another figure, taken from the eagle, which hides its young under its wings, likewise from Deuteronomy 32, viz., Psalm 17:11, for the figure of the hen (Matthew 23:37) is alien to the Old Testament. In that passage, Moses, in his great song, speaks of the wings of God; but the double figure of the shadow of God's wings (here and in Psalm 36:8; Psalm 57:2; Psalm 63:8) is coined by David. "God's wings" are the spreadings out, i.e., the manifestations of His love, taking the creature under the protection of its intimate fellowship, and the "shadow" of these wings is the refreshing rest and security which the fellowship of this love affords to those, who hide themselves beneath it, from the heat of outward or inward conflict.

From Psalm 17:9 we learn more definitely the position in which the psalmist is placed. שׁדד signifies to use violence, to destroy the life, continuance, or possession of any one. According to the accentuation בּנפשׁ is to be connected with איבי, not with יקּפוּ, and to be understood according to Ezekiel 25:6 : "enemies with the soul" are those whose enmity is not merely superficial, but most deep-seated (cf. ἐκ ψυχῆς, Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:23). The soul (viz., the hating and eagerly longing soul, Psalm 27:12; Psalm 41:3) is just the same as if בנפשׁ is combined with the verb, viz., the soul of the enemies; and איבי נפשׁי would therefore not be more correct, as Hitzig thinks, than בנפשׁ איבי, but would have a different meaning. They are eager to destroy him (perf. conatus), and form a circle round about him, as ravenous ones, in order to swallow him up.

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As

Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your mercy: and in your fear will I worship toward your holy temple.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

I will

Psalm 4:6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us.

Psalm 119:111 Your testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

Job 19:26,27 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God...

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...

I shall

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.

Psalm 36:8,9 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures...

Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom you choose, and cause to approach to you, that he may dwell in your courts...

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Revelation 7:16,17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat...

Revelation 21:3,4,23 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them...

I awake

Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning...

Job 14:12 So man lies down, and rises not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust...

Matthew 27:52,53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose...

with

Genesis 1:26,27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea...

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body...

1 John 3:2,3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear...

Cross References
1 John 3:2
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 22:4
They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Numbers 12:8
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Job 19:26
And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,

Psalm 4:6
There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!"

Psalm 4:7
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Psalm 11:7
For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

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