Psalm 18:43
New International Version
You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,

New Living Translation
You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don't even know now serve me.

English Standard Version
You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.

Berean Study Bible
You have delivered me from the strife of the people; You have made me the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me.

New American Standard Bible
You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

King James Bible
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Christian Standard Bible
You have freed me from the feuds among the people; you have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.

Contemporary English Version
You rescued me from stubborn people, and you made me the leader of foreign nations, who are now my slaves.

Good News Translation
You saved me from a rebellious people and made me ruler over the nations; people I did not know have now become my subjects.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have freed me from the feuds among the people; You have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.

International Standard Version
You rescued me from conflict with the people; you made me head of the nations. People who did not know me will serve me.

NET Bible
You rescue me from a hostile army; you make me a leader of nations; people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects.

New Heart English Bible
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will deliver me from the judgments of the people and you will make me Leader to the nations; a people that I have not known will serve me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You rescued me from my conflicts with the people. You made me the leader of nations. A people I did not know will serve me:

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast delivered me from the contentions of the people; Thou hast made me the head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast delivered me from the contentions of the people; Thou hast placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the Gentiles: a people whom I did not know served me.

King James 2000 Bible
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; and you have made me the head of the nations: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

American King James Version
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; and you have made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

American Standard Version
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; Thou hast made me the head of the nations: A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Deliver me from the gain sayings of the people: thou shalt make me head of the Gentiles: a people whom I knew not served me,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people: thou wilt make me head of the Gentiles.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; thou hast made me the head of the nations: a people I knew not doth serve me.

English Revised Version
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; thou hast made me the head of the nations: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

World English Bible
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost deliver me From the strivings of the people, Thou placest me for a head of nations, A people I have not known do serve me.
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
42I ground them as dust in the face of the wind; I trampled them like mud in the streets. 43You have delivered me from the strife of the people; You have made me the head of nations; a people I had not known shall serve me. 44When they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cower before me.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:1
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was protracted. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 8:1
Some time later, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah from the hand of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 19:9
And all the people throughout the tribes of Israel were arguing, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and rescued us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled the land because of Absalom.

Psalm 18:47
the God who avenges me and subdues nations beneath me,

Psalm 35:1
Contend with my opponents, O LORD; fight against those who battle me.

Psalm 89:27
I will indeed appoint him as My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Isaiah 55:4
Behold, I have made him a witness to the nations, a leader and commander of the peoples.

Isaiah 55:5
Surely you will summon a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you will run to you. For the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, has bestowed glory on you."

Treasury of Scripture

You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; and you have made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

from

2 Samuel 2:9,10
And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel…

2 Samuel 3:1
Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 5:1-7
Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh…

made

Psalm 22:27,28
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee…

Psalm 108:9
Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.

2 Samuel 5:1-25
Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh…

a people

Isaiah 52:15
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Isaiah 55:5
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Hosea 1:10
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.







Lexicon
You have delivered me
תְּפַלְּטֵנִי֮ (tə·p̄al·lə·ṭê·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6403: To slip out, escape, to deliver

from the strife
מֵרִ֪יבֵ֫י (mê·rî·ḇê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7379: Strife, dispute

of the people;
עָ֥ם (‘ām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

You have made me
תְּ֭שִׂימֵנִי (tə·śî·mê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the head
לְרֹ֣אשׁ (lə·rōš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

of nations;
גּוֹיִ֑ם (gō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

a people
עַ֖ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

I had not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

known
יָדַ֣עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

shall serve me.
יַֽעַבְדֽוּנִי׃ (ya·‘aḇ·ḏū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave
(43) People.--The parallelism favours the interpretation which takes "people" as equivalent to peoples--the Gentiles. But as in Samuel it is "my people," explain it of the early political troubles of David. Notice also in Samuel "preserved," instead of "made."

Verse 43. - Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people. David now approaches his conclusion. In one verse he at once sums up his past deliverances and anticipates fresh glories. God has delivered him from the strivings of those who were hostile to him among his own people (see vers. 4-18), and has also given him victory over the heathen. In the future he will do even more. And thou hast made me the head of the heathen. The antithesis between "people" (עָם) and "heathen," or "nations" (גויָם), is unmistakable. The long series of David's victories have made him "head" over the latter. This is less clearly seen in the history of David's reign than in the description given of the state of the kingdom inherited from David by Solomon (1 Kings 4:21, 24). A people whom I have not known shall serve me. It is not clear that this was ever fulfilled literally in the person of David, and, we are entitled to explain it as a Messianic prophecy, parallel with that of Psalm 2:8. 18:32, and the following verses, are the gifts of God to the spiritual warrior, whereby he is prepared for the contest, after the example of his victorious Leader. Learn that we must seek release being made through Christ, shall be rejected. In David the type, we behold out of trouble through Christ. The prayer put up, without reconciliation Jesus our Redeemer, conflicting with enemies, compassed with sorrows and with floods of ungodly men, enduring not only the pains of death, but the wrath of God for us; yet calling upon the Father with strong cries and tears; rescued from the grave; proceeding to reconcile, or to put under his feet all other enemies, till death, the last enemy, shall be destroyed. We should love the Lord, our Strength, and our Salvation; we should call on him in every trouble, and praise him for every deliverance; we should aim to walk with him in all righteousness and true holiness, keeping from sin. If we belong to him, he conquers and reigns for us, and we shall conquer and reign through him, and partake of the mercy of our anointed King, which is promised to all his seed for evermore. Amen.
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