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New International Version
Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him."
New Living Translation
So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Interlude
English Standard Version
many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
Berean Study Bible
Many say of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah
King James Bible
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
New King James Version
Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
New American Standard Bible
Many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
Many are saying of my soul, "There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.
Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
Many are saying of me, “There is no help [no salvation] for him in God.” Selah.
Christian Standard Bible
Many say about me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many say about me," There is no help for him in God." Selah
American Standard Version
Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There are many who say to my soul, "You have no salvation in your God.”
Brenton Septuagint Translation
Many say concerning my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. Pause.
Contemporary English Version
me and say, "God won't rescue you!"
Many say to my soul: There is no salvation for him in his God.
English Revised Version
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah
Good News Translation
They talk about me and say, "God will not help him."
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many are saying about me, "Even with God [on his side], he won't be victorious." [Selah]
International Standard Version
Many are saying about me, "God will never deliver him!" Interlude
JPS Tanakh 1917
Many there are that say of my soul: 'There is no salvation for him in God.' Selah
Literal Standard Version
Many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah.
Many say about me, "God will not deliver him." (Selah)
New Heart English Bible
Many there are who 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.
Additional Translations ...
ContextDeliver Me, O LORD!
1A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. O LORD, how my foes have increased! How many rise up against me! 2Many say of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah 3But You, O LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.…
All who see me mock me; they sneer and shake their heads:
"He trusts in the LORD, let the LORD deliver him; let the LORD rescue him, since He delights in him."
saying, "God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for there is no one to rescue him."
Treasury of Scripture
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
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 unto me, Where is thy God? …
Psalm 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
Psalm 3:4,8 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah…
Psalm 4:2,4 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye 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…
There is no help.--According to the current creed, misfortune implied wickedness, and the wicked were God-forsaken. David, too, had sent back Zadok with the Ark, which in the popular view meant sending away the power and the presence of God. Even Zadok seemed to share this feeling; and David's words to him, "thou a seer" (2Samuel 15:27), seem to contain something of a rebuke.
Selah.--This curious word must apparently remain for ever what it has been ever since the first translation of the Bible was made--the puzzle of ordinary readers, and the despair of scholars. One certain fact about it has been reached, and this the very obscurity of the term confirms. It has no ethical significance, as the Targum, followed by some other of the old versions and by St. Jerome, implies, for in that case it would long ago have yielded a satisfactory meaning. There are many obscure words in Hebrew, but their obscurity arises from the infrequency of their use; but selah occurs no less than seventy-one times in the compass of thirty-nine psalms, and three times in the ode of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:3; Habakkuk 3:9; Habakkuk 3:13). It is pretty certain that the sense "for ever," which is the traditional interpretation of the Rabbinical schools, does not suit the majority of these places, and no other moral or spiritual rendering has ever been suggested; nor is it a poetical word, marking the end of a verse or the division into strophes, for it occurs sometimes in the very middle of a stanza, as in Psalm 20:3-4; Psalm 32:4-5; Psalm 52:3-4, and often at the end of a psalm (Psalms 46). There is only one conclusion, now universally admitted, that selah is a musical term, but in the hopeless perplexity and darkness that besets the whole subject of Hebrew music, its precise intention must be left unexplained. The conjecture that has the most probability on its side makes it a direction to play loud. The derivation from salah, "to raise," is in favour of this view. The fact that in one place (Psalm 9:16) it is joined to higgaion, which is explained as a term having reference to the sound of stringed instruments, lends support to it, as also does the translation uniformly adopted in the Psalms by the LXX.: ????????--if, indeed, that word means interlude. It is curious that the interpretation next in favour to Ewald's makes the meaning of selah exactly the opposite to his--piano instead of forte--deriving it from a word meaning "to be silent," "to suspend."Verse 2. - Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. When Absalom first raised the standard of revolt, there were no doubt many who looked to see some signal Divine interposition on behalf of the anointed king and against the rebel; but when David fled, and with so few followers (2 Samuel 15:18), and in his flight spoke so doubtfully of his prospects (2 Samuel 15:26), and when no help seemed to arise from any quarter, then we can well understand that men's opinions changed, and they came to think that David was God-forsaken, and would succumb to his unnatural foe (comp. Psalm 71:10, 11). Partisans of Absalom would see in David's expulsion from his capital a Divine Nemesis (2 Samuel 16:8), and regard it as quite natural that God should not help him. Selah. There is no traditional explanation of this word. The LXX. rendered it by διάψαλμα which is said to mean "a change of the musical tone;" but it is against this explanation that selah occurs sometimes, as here, at the end of a psalm, where no change was possible. Other explanations rest wholly on conjecture, and are valueless.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3444: Something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity
Strong's 5542: Suspension, pause
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