New International Version
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.
King James Bible
Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
Darby Bible Translation
Blessed be Jehovah; for he hath shewn me wondrously his loving-kindness in a strong city.
World English Bible
Praise be to Yahweh, for he has shown me his marvelous loving kindness in a strong city.
Young's Literal Translation
Blessed is Jehovah, For He hath made marvellous His kindness To me in a city of bulwarks.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In a strong city - If this Psalm was written by David, this must refer to his taking refuge with achish, king of Gath, who gave him Ziklag, a fortified city, to secure himself and followers in. See 1 Samuel 27:6. This is more likely than that it was Keilah, where he only had intimation of the traitorous design of the inhabitants to deliver him up to Saul; so that the place was no refuge to him, howsoever fortified. Perhaps the passage may mean that, under the protection of God, he was as safe as if he had been in a fortified city.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
strong city. or, fenced city
LibraryGoodness Wrought and Goodness Laid Up
'Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!'--PSALM xxxi. 19. The Psalmist has been describing, with the eloquence of misery, his own desperate condition, in all manner of metaphors which he heaps together--'sickness,' 'captivity,' 'like a broken vessel,' 'as a dead man out of mind.' But in the depth of desolation he grasps at God's hand, and that lifts him up out of the pit. 'I trusted …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Other Fragments on the Psalms. Ii.
My Spirit on Thy Care
1 Samuel 23:7
Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, "God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars."
Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.
Indeed, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her."
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