Psalm 3:2
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New International Version
Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him."

King James Bible
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

Darby Bible Translation
Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Selah.

World English Bible
Many there are who say of my soul, "There is no help for him in God." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God.' Selah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

No help for him in God - These were some of the reproaches of his enemies, Shimei and others: "He is now down, and he shall never be able to rise. God alone can save him from these his enemies; but God has visibly east him off." These reproaches deeply affected his heart; and he mentions them with that note which so frequently occurs in the Psalms, and which occurs here for the first time, סלה selah. Much has been said on the meaning of this word; and we have nothing but conjecture to guide us. The Septuagint always translate it by Διαψαλμα diapsalma, "a pause in the Psalm." The Chaldee sometimes translates it by לעלמין lealmin, "for ever." The rest of the versions leave it unnoticed. It either comes from סל sal, to raise or elevate, and may denote a particular elevation in the voices of the performers, which is very observable in the Jewish singing to the present day; or it may come from סלה salah, to strew or spread out, intimating that the subject to which the word is attached should be spread out, meditated on, and attentively considered by the reader. Fenwick, Parkhurst, and Dodd, contend for this meaning; and think "it confirmed by Psalm 9:16, where the word higgaion is put before selah at the end of the verse." Now higgaion certainly signifies meditation, or a fit subject for meditation; and so shows selah to be really a nota bene, attend to or mind this.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psalm 42:3,10 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say to me, Where is your God...

Psalm 71:11 Saying, God has forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

2 Samuel 16:7,8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody man, and you man of Belial...

Matthew 27:42,43 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him...


Psalm 3:4,8 I cried to the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah...

Psalm 4:2,4 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah...

Habakkuk 3:3,9,13 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise...

Table of the Books of Holy Scripture According to Date.
HISTORICAL BOOKS. PROPHETIC AND POETICAL BOOKS. B.C. 4004 1689 Genesis 1529 Job Psalm lxxxviii. by Heman, the Ezrahite, (See 1 Chron. ii. 6) 1491 Exodus 1491 Leviticus 1451 Numbers Psalm xc. and (perhaps) xci 1450 Deuteronomy 1451 1427 Joshua 1312 Ruth 1120 Judges 1171 1056 1 Samuel Psalms, certainly vii, xi, xvi, xvii, xxii, xxxi, xxxiv, lvi, liv, lii, cix, xxxv, lvii, lviii, cxliii, cxl, cxli, and many more 1056 1 Chronicles Psalms, certainly ii, vi, ix, xx, 1023 Psalms
Charlotte Mary Yonge—The Chosen People

The Godly are in Some Sense Already Blessed
I proceed now to the second aphorism or conclusion, that the godly are in some sense already blessed. The saints are blessed not only when they are apprehended by God, but while they are travellers to glory. They are blessed before they are crowned. This seems a paradox to flesh and blood. What, reproached and maligned, yet blessed! A man that looks upon the children of God with a carnal eye and sees how they are afflicted, and like the ship in the gospel which was covered with waves' (Matthew 8:24),
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Psalm 22:7
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.

Psalm 22:8
"He trusts in the LORD," they say, "let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him."

Psalm 71:11
They say, "God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him."

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