New American Standard Bible
Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.
King James Bible
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Darby Bible Translation
If a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; if war rise against me, in this will I be confident.
World English Bible
Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, even then I will be confident.
Young's Literal Translation
Though a host doth encamp against me, My heart doth not fear, Though war riseth up against me, In this I am confident.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Though an host - Though an "army;" that is, any army, or any number of men in battle array. The past interposition of God in similar times of trouble and danger was to him a sufficient security that he had nothing to fear.
Should encamp against me - In battle array, or prepared for battle.
My heart shall not fear - He would not tremble; he would not feel that there was anything of which to be afraid. God had shown Himself superior to the power of hostile armies, and the psalmist felt assured that he might confide in Him.
Though war should rise against me - Though it should be proclaimed, and though all preparation should be made for it, I will not be afraid.
In this will I be confident - In such a case, in such an extremity or emergency, I would calmly trust in God. He would apprehend no danger, for he had seen that the Lord could deliver him.
Library'Seek Ye' --'I Will Seek'
'When Thou saidst, Seek ye my face; My heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9. Hide not Thy face far from me.' --PSALM xxvii. 8, 9. We have here a report of a brief dialogue between God and a devout soul. The Psalmist tells us of God's invitation and of his acceptance, and on both he builds the prayer that the face which he had been bidden to seek, and had sought, may not be hid from him. The correspondence between what God said to him and what he said to God is even more emphatically …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Prayer in the Unconverted.
Out of the Deep of Fear and Anxiety.
The Acceptable Sacrifice;
1 Samuel 17:48
Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
1 Samuel 23:17
Thus he said to him, "Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also."
"Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
"Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
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