Psalm 18:44
New International Version
foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

New Living Translation
As soon as they hear of me, they submit; foreign nations cringe before me.

English Standard Version
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.

Berean Study Bible
When they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cower before me.

King James Bible
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

New King James Version
As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me.

New American Standard Bible
As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners pretend to obey me.

NASB 1995
As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners submit to me.

NASB 1977
As soon as they hear, they obey me; Foreigners submit to me.

Amplified Bible
As soon as they hear me, they respond and obey me; Foreigners feign obedience to me.

Christian Standard Bible
Foreigners submit to me cringing; as soon as they hear they obey me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear, they obey me.

American Standard Version
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me; The foreigners shall submit themselves unto me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When they hear they will listen to me; children of foreigners will submit themselves to me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
at the hearing of the ear they obeyed me: the strange children lied to me.

Contemporary English Version
They obey and come crawling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A people, which I knew not, hath served me: at the hearing of the ear they have obeyed me.

English Revised Version
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Good News Translation
Foreigners bow before me; when they hear me, they obey.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me. Foreigners will cringe in front of me.

International Standard Version
When they hear of me, they will obey me; foreigners will submit to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As soon as they hear of me, they obey me; The sons of the stranger dwindle away before me.

Literal Standard Version
At the hearing of the ear they listen to me, Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me,

NET Bible
When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. Foreigners are powerless before me;

New Heart English Bible
as soon as they hear of me they obey me. Foreigners come cringing to me;

World English Bible
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

Young's Literal Translation
At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me, Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD is My Rock
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. 45Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their strongholds.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is the shield that protects you, the sword in which you boast. Your enemies will cower before you, and you shall trample their high places."

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, "How awesome are Your deeds! So great is Your power that Your enemies cower before You.

Psalm 81:15
Those who hate the LORD would feign obedience, and their doom would last forever.

Psalm 144:7
Reach down from on high; set me free and rescue me from the deep waters, from the grasp of foreigners,

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.


Treasury of Scripture

As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves to me.

As soon, etc.

Romans 10:16,17
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? …

strangers [heb.

Psalm 66:3
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

Psalm 81:15
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

Deuteronomy 33:29
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

shall submit.

Psalm 68:30
Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.

Psalm 81:15
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

2 Samuel 22:44-46
Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me…









(44) As soon as--i.e., at the bare mention of my victories. An actual instance is recorded (2Samuel 8:9, seq.). For the expression, comp. Job 42:5.

The strangers shall.--See margin. More literally, come with flattery. In Samuel the two clauses are transposed and slightly varied.

Verse 44. - As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; literally, at the hearing of the ear. But the meaning is that given in the Authorized Version. The words aptly describe the conversion of the Gentiles (see Acts 10:34-48; Acts 13:48; Acts 17:11; Acts 18:8, etc.). The strangers shall submit themselves unto me; literally, the sons of the stranger shall pay court to me - not necessarily a false court, as Hengstenberg and others suppose, but, as Dr. Kay explains, an "obsequious and servile homage."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When they hear me,
לְשֵׁ֣מַֽע (lə·šê·ma‘)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8088: Something heard, a sound, rumor, announcement, audience

they obey me;
יִשָּׁ֣מְעוּ (yiš·šā·mə·‘ū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

foreigners
בְּנֵֽי־ (bə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

cower
יְכַחֲשׁוּ־ (yə·ḵa·ḥă·šū-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3584: To disappoint, deceive, fail, grow lean

before me.
לִֽי׃ (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew


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