Psalm 4:6
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New International Version
Many, LORD, are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?" Let the light of your face shine on us.

King James Bible
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Darby Bible Translation
Many say, Who shall cause us to see good? Lift up upon us the light of thy countenance, O Jehovah.

World English Bible
Many say, "Who will show us any good?" Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us.

Young's Literal Translation
Many are saying, 'Who doth show us good?' Lift on us the light of Thy face, O Jehovah,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who will show us any good? - This is not a fair translation. The word any is not in the text, nor any thing equivalent to it; and not a few have quoted it, and preached upon the text, placing the principal emphasis on this illegitimate word.

The place is sufficiently emphatic without this. There are multitudes who say, Who will show us good? Man wants good; he hates evil as evil, because he has pain, suffering, and death through it; and he wishes to find that supreme good which will content his heart, and save him from evil. But men mistake this good. They look for a good that is to gratify their passions; they have no notion of any happiness that does not come to them through the medium of their senses. Therefore they reject spiritual good, and they reject the Supreme God, by whom alone all the powers of the soul of man can be gratified.

Lift thou up the light of thy countenance - This alone, the light of thy countenance - thy peace and approbation, constitute the supreme good. This is what we want, wish, and pray for. The first is the wish of the worldling, the latter the wish of the godly.

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Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Psalm 49:16-20 Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased...

Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in my heart to give myself to wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly...

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

James 4:13 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...

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Psalm 21:6 For you have made him most blessed for ever: you have made him exceeding glad with your countenance.

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? hope you in God...

Psalm 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm...

Psalm 67:1 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah.

Psalm 80:1-3,7,19 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; you that dwell between the cherubim, shine forth...

Psalm 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance.

Psalm 119:135 Make your face to shine on your servant; and teach me your statutes.

Numbers 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.

Library
Out of the Deep of Death.
My heart is disquieted within me, and the fear of death has fallen upon me.--Ps. iv. 4. My flesh and my heart faileth, but God is the strength of my heart.--Ps. lxiii. 25. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.--Ps. xxiii. 4. Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.--Ps. cxvi. 8. What will become of us after we die? What will the next world be like? What is heaven like? Shall I be able
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

How we must Stand and Speak, in Everything that we Desire
"My Son, speak thou thus in every matter, 'Lord, if it please Thee, let this come to pass. Lord, if this shall be for Thine honour, let it be done in Thy Name. Lord, if thou see it good for me, and approve it as useful, then grant me to use it for Thy honour. But if thou knowest that it shall be hurtful unto me, and not profitable for the health of my soul, take the desire away from me'! For not every desire is from the Holy Ghost, although it appear to a man right and good. It is difficult
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Religion Pleasant to the Religious.
"O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."--Psalm xxxiv. 8. You see by these words what love Almighty God has towards us, and what claims He has upon our love. He is the Most High, and All-Holy. He inhabiteth eternity: we are but worms compared with Him. He would not be less happy though He had never created us; He would not be less happy though we were all blotted out again from creation. But He is the God of love; He brought us all into existence,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Fifth Sunday after Trinity Exhortation to the Fruits of Faith.
Text: 1 Peter 3, 8-15. 8 Finally, be ye all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tender-hearted, humble-minded: 9 not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: 11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III

Cross References
Numbers 6:26
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."'

Job 7:7
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.

Job 9:25
"My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

Psalm 17:15
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Psalm 31:16
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 44:3
It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

Psalm 67:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us--

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