1 Samuel 2:9
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New International Version
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;

King James Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Darby Bible Translation
He keepeth the feet of his saints, but the wicked are silenced in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

World English Bible
He will keep the feet of his holy ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for no man shall prevail by strength.

Young's Literal Translation
The feet of His saints He keepeth, And the wicked in darkness are silent, For not by power doth man become mighty.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He will keep the feet of his saints - He will order and direct all their goings, and keep them from every evil way.

The wicked shall be silent in darkness - The Targum understands this of their being sent to the darkness of hell; they shall be slain.

By strength shall no man prevail - Because God is omnipotent, and no power can be successfully exerted against him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

will keep

Job 5:24 And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.

Psalm 37:23,24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way...

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways...

Psalm 94:18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Psalm 121:3,5,8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber...

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

his saints

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words.

Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 2:8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you...

be silent

Job 5:16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defended cities, and let us be silent there...

Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess...

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:12,13 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless...

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

by strength

1 Samuel 17:49,50 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead...

Psalm 33:16,17 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength...

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise...

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might...

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power...

Library
The Child Prophet
'And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 8. And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4. That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5. And he ran onto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Though the Fore-Mentioned Eternal Moral Obligations
are incumbent indeed on all rational creatures, antecedent to any respect of particular reward or punishment, yet they must certainly and necessarily be attended with rewards and punishments: Because the same reasons, which prove God himself to be necessarily just and good, and the rules of justice, equity, and goodness, to be his unalterable will, law, and command, to all created beings; prove also that he cannot but be pleased with and approve such creatures as imitate and obey him by observing
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God

Sanctification.
VI. Objections answered. I will consider those passages of scripture which are by some supposed to contradict the doctrine we have been considering. 1 Kings viii. 46: "If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near," etc. On this passage, I remark:-- 1. That this sentiment in nearly the same language, is repeated in 2 Chron. vi. 26, and in Eccl.
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity the Christian Calling and Unity.
Text: Ephesians 4, 1-6. 1 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III

Cross References
Matthew 8:12
But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

1 Peter 1:5
who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Numbers 6:24
"'"The LORD bless you and keep you;

Psalm 31:17
Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead.

Psalm 33:16
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

Psalm 33:17
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

Psalm 37:23
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

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