Psalm 27:7
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English Standard Version
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

King James Bible
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

American Standard Version
Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice: Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.

English Revised Version
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Psalm 27:7 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In this first strophe is expressed the bold confidence of faith. It is a hexastich in the caesural schema. Let darkness break in upon him, the darkness of night, of trouble, and of spiritual conflict, yet Jahve is his Light, and if he is in Him, he is in the light and there shines upon him a sun, that sets not and knows no eclipse. This sublime, infinitely profound name for God, אורי, is found only in this passage; and there is only one other expression that can be compared with it. viz., בּא אורך in Isaiah 60:1; cf. φῶς ἐλήλυθα, John 12:46. ישׁעי does not stand beside אורי as an unfigurative, side by side with a figurative expression; for the statement that God is light, is not a metaphor. David calls Him his "salvation" in regard to everything that oppresses him, and the "stronghold (מעוז from עזז, with an unchangeable ) of his life" in regard to everything that exposes him to peril. In Jahve he conquers far and wide; in Him his life is hidden as it were behind a fortress built upon a rock (Psalm 31:3). When to the wicked who come upon him in a hostile way (קרב על differing from קרב אל), he attributes the intention of devouring his flesh, they are conceived of as wild beasts. To eat up any one's flesh signifies, even in Job 19:22, the same as to pursue any one by evil speaking (in Aramaic by slander, back-biting) to his destruction. In בּקרב (the Shebג of the only faintly closed syllable is raised to a Chateph, as in ולשׁכני, Psalm 31:12, לשׁאול, and the like. The לי of איבי לּי may, as also in Psalm 25:2 (cf. Psalm 144:2), be regarded as giving intensity to the notion of special, personal enmity; but a mere repetition of the subject (the enemy) without the repetition of their hostile purpose would be tame in the parallel member of the verse: לי is a variation of the preceding עלי, as in Lamentations 3:60. In the apodosis המּה כּשׁלוּ ונפלוּ, the overthrow of the enemy is regarded beforehand as an accomplished fact. The holy boldness and imperturbable repose are expressed in Psalm 27:3 in the very rhythm. The thesis or downward movement in Psalm 27:3 is spondaic: he does not allow himself to be disturbed; the thesis in Psalm 27:3 is iambic: he can be bold. The rendering of Hitzig (as of Rashi): "in this do I trust, viz., that Jahve is my light, etc.," is erroneous. Such might be the interpretation, if בזאת אני בוטח closed Psalm 27:2; but it cannot refer back over Psalm 27:2 to Psalm 27:1; and why should the poet have expressed himself thus materially, instead of saying ביהוה? The fact of the case is this, בוטח signifies even by itself "of good courage," e.g., Proverbs 11:15; and בזאת "in spite of this" (Coccejus: hoc non obstante), Leviticus 26:27, cf. Psalm 78:32, begins the apodosis, at the head of which we expect to find an adversative conjunction.

Psalm 27:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

Psalm 5:2 Listen to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for to you will I pray.

Psalm 130:2-4 Lord, hear my voice: let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications...

Psalm 143:1,2 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in your faithfulness answer me, and in your righteousness...

Cross References
Psalm 4:3
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

Psalm 13:3
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

Psalm 30:10
Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!"

Psalm 61:1
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;

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