New American Standard Bible
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
King James Bible
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Darby Bible Translation
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee.
World English Bible
Return to your rest, my soul, for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you.
Young's Literal Translation
Turn back, O my soul, to thy rest, For Jehovah hath conferred benefits on thee.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Return unto thy rest, O my soul - Luther, "Be thou again joyful, O my soul." The meaning seems to be, "Return to thy former tranquility and calmness; thy former freedom from fear and anxiety." He had passed through a season of great danger. His soul had been agitated and terrified. That danger was now over, and he calls upon his soul to resume its former tranquility, calmness, peace, and freedom from alarm. The word does not refer to God considered as the "rest" of the soul, but to what the mind of the psalmist had been, and might now be again.
For the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee - See the notes at Psalm 13:6.
The text informs us that the deaths of God's saints are precious to him. How different, then, is the estimate of human life which God forms from that which has ruled the minds of great warriors and mighty conquerors. Had Napoleon spoken forth his mind about the lives of men in the day of battle, he would have likened them to so much water spilt upon the ground. To win a victory, or subdue a province, it mattered not though he strewed the ground with corpses thick as autumn leaves, nor did it signify …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 18: 1872
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"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
"Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me."
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing,
Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
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