Psalm 45:3
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New International Version
Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

New Living Translation
Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic!

English Standard Version
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty!

Berean Study Bible
Strap your sword at your side, O mighty warrior; appear in your majesty and splendor.

New American Standard Bible
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty!

King James Bible
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Christian Standard Bible
Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor--

Contemporary English Version
Mighty king, glorious ruler, strap on your sword

Good News Translation
Buckle on your sword, mighty king; you are glorious and majestic.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor--

International Standard Version
Strap your sword to your side, mighty warrior, along with your honor and majesty.

NET Bible
Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! Appear in your majestic splendor!

New Heart English Bible
Gird your sword on your thigh, mighty one: your splendor and your majesty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Gird the sword upon your waist, Oh, Mighty Man, your Excellency and Your Honor,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O warrior, strap your sword to your side with your splendor and majesty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O mighty one, Thy glory and thy majesty.

New American Standard 1977
Gird Thy sword on Thy thigh, O Mighty One, In Thy splendor and Thy majesty!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most valiant, with thy glory and thy majesty.

King James 2000 Bible
Gird your sword upon your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

American King James Version
Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

American Standard Version
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O mighty one, Thy glory and thy majesty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
Gird thy sword upon [thy] thigh, O mighty one, [in] thy majesty and thy splendour;

English Revised Version
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O mighty one, thy glory and thy majesty.

Webster's Bible Translation
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

World English Bible
Strap your sword on your thigh, mighty one: your splendor and your majesty.

Young's Literal Translation
Gird Thy sword upon the thigh, O mighty, Thy glory and Thy majesty!
Study Bible
My Heart is Stirred by a Noble Theme
2You are the most handsome of men; grace has anointed your lips, since God has blessed you forever. 3Strap your sword at your side, O mighty warrior; appear in your majesty and splendor. 4In your splendor ride forth in victory on behalf of truth and humility and justice; may your right hand show your awesome deeds.…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Revelation 1:16
He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.

Song of Solomon 3:8
All are skilled with the sword, experienced in warfare. Each has his sword at his side prepared for the terror of night.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Zechariah 9:13
For I will bend Judah as My bow and fit it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against the sons of Greece. I will make you like the sword of a mighty man.

Treasury of Scripture

Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.


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Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

Revelation 19:15,21 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

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Psalm 21:5 His glory is great in your salvation: honor and majesty have you laid on him.

Psalm 96:6 Honor and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you …

Psalm 145:5,12 I will speak of the glorious honor of your majesty, and of your wondrous …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such …

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and …

(3) Gird thy sword . . . O most mighty.--Or, perhaps, Gird on thy sword in hero guise; or, Gird on thy hero's sword. The object of the poet's praise is as heroic in war as he is beautiful in person.

With thy glory and thy majesty.--This adverbial use of the accusatives may be right, but it seems better to take them in apposition with sword. His weapon was the monarch's glory and pride. Some commentators see here a reference to the custom of girding on the sword said to be still observed at the elevation to the throne of a Persian or Ottoman prince. But the next verse shows that we have rather an ideal picture of the royal bridegroom's prowess in war.

Verse 3. - Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty; i.e. array thyself as a warrior, for thou wilt have enemies to conquer, and wilt need a sword against them (see vers. 4, 5). With thy glory and thy majesty. There is no "with" in the original. Some think his sword is called Messiah's "glory and majesty." Others supply "put on," as implied in the "gird" of the first clause, and translate, "Put on thy glory and thy majesty;" i.e. show thyself in all the majesty and glory that naturally belong to thee. This is quite in accordance with the context. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty,.... As Christ is, the mighty God, even the Almighty, and which appears by his works of creation and providence; by the redemption of his people; by his care and government of them; by succouring them under all their temptations and afflictions; by strengthening them for every service, duty, and suffering; by pleading their cause, and supplying their wants; by preserving them to his kingdom and glory; by raising them from the dead at the last day, and by introducing them into the possession of the heavenly inheritance. This mighty One is called upon to "gird on his sword": by which is meant either the sword of the Spirit, the word of God; which is sharp in convincing of sin, reproving for it, and threatening on account of it, as well as in refuting error and heresy; and a twoedged one, consisting of law and Gospel, and which Christ made use of to great purpose, against Satan in the wilderness, and against the Scribes and Pharisees; and which he will make further use of in the latter day, against the man of sin, and his followers: or else the power of Christ, which, as the Leader and Commander of his people, and the Captain of their salvation, is called upon to exert, by preparing to engage with, and by destroying his and their enemies; and which he did put forth when the year of the redeemed was come, which was the day of vengeance in his heart; when he combated with and destroyed Satan, and spoiled his principalities and powers; when he abolished death itself, and took away sin the sting of it, and the law, the strength of sin; overcame the world, and delivered his people from it, and out of the hand of every enemy. It is added,

with thy glory and thy majesty; which may be connected either with the phrase "and most mighty", and so be expressive of the glory and majesty of Christ, as the mighty God; or with his sword, as an emblem of his authority and majesty as a King, and may denote the glory of his Gospel and of his power; or may point at the end of his girding his sword upon his thigh, which was to show forth the glory of his majesty, or to obtain honour and glory: though the word "gird" may be supplied and repeated, and so make a distinct proposition, "gird with thy glory and thy majesty"; which was done when he was raised from the dead, and had glory given him; was crowned with it, and had the glory put upon him he had with his Father before the world was. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

9 King's daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

Psalm 45:3

"Gird thy sword upon thy thigh." Loving spirits jealous of the Redeemer's glory long to see him putting forth his power to vindicate his own most holy cause. Why should the sword of the Spirit lie still, like a weapon hung up in an armoury; it is sharp and strong, both for cutting and piercing: O that the divine power of Jesus were put forth to use it against error. The words before us represent our great King as urged to arm himself for battle, by placing his sword where it is ready for use. Christ is the true champion of the church, others are but underlings who must borrow strength from him; the single arm of Immanuel is the sole hope of the faithful. Our prayer should be that of this verse. There is at this moment an apparent suspension of our Lord's former power, we must by importunate prayer call him to the conflict, for like the Greeks without Achilles we are soon overcome by our enemies, and we are but dead men if Jesus be not in our midst. "O most mighty." A title well deserved, and not given from empty courtesy like the serenities, excellencies, and highnesses of our fellow mortals - titles, which are but sops for vain glory. Jesus is the truest of heroes. Hero worship in his case alone is commendable. He is mighty to save, mighty in love. "With thy glory and thy majesty." Let thy sword both win thee renown and dominion, or as it may mean, gird on with thy sword thy robes which indicate thy royal splendour. Love delights to see the Beloved arrayed as beseemeth his excellency; she weeps as she sees him in the garments of humiliation, she rejoices to behold him in the vestments of his exaltation. Our precious Christ can never be made too much of. Heaven itself is but just good enough for him. All the pomp that angels and archangels, and thrones, and dominions, and principalities, and powers can pour at his feet is too little for him. Only his own essential glory is such as fully answers to the desire of his people, who can never enough extol him.

Psalm 45:4

"And in thy majesty ride prosperously." The hero-monarch armed and apparelled is now entreated to ascend his triumphal car. Would to God that our Immanuel would come forth in the chariot of love to conquer our spiritual foes and seize by power the souls whom he has bought with blood. "Because of truth and meekness and righteousness." These words may be rendered, "ride forth upon truth and meekness and righteousness" - three noble chargers to draw the war-chariot of the gospel. In the sense of our translation it is a most potent argument to urge with our Lord that the cause of the true, the humble and the good, calls for his advocacy. Truth will be ridiculed, meekness will be oppressed, and righteousness slain, unless the God, the Man in whom these precious things are incarnated, shall arise for their vindication. Our earnest petition ought ever to be that Jesus would lay his almighty arm to the work of grace lest the good cause languish and wickedness prevail. "And thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things." Foreseeing the result of divine working, the Psalmist prophesies that the uplifted arm of Messiah will reveal to the King's own eyes the terrible overthrow of his foes. Jesus needs no guide but his own right hand, no teacher but his own might; may he instruct us all in what he can perform, by achieving it speedily before our gladdened eyes.

Psalm 45:5

"Thine arrows." Our King is master of all weapons: he can strike those who are near and those afar off with equal force. "Are sharp." Nothing that Jesus does is ill done, he uses no blunted shafts, no pointless darts. "In the heart of the King's enemies." Our Captain aims at men's hearts rather than their heads, and he hits them too; point-blank are his shots, and they enter deep into the vital part of man's nature. Whether for love or vengeance, Christ never misses aim, and when his arrows stick, they cause a smart not soon forgotten, a wound which only he can heal. Jesus' arrows of conviction are sharp in the quiver of his word, and sharp when on the bow of his ministers, but they are most known to be so when they find a way into careless hearts. They are his arrows, he made them, he shoots them. He makes them sharp, and he makes them enter the heart. May none of us ever fall under the darts of his judgment, for none kill so surely as they. "Whereby the people fall under thee." On either side the slain of the Lord are many when Jesus leads on the war. Nations tremble and turn to him when he shoots abroad his truth. Under his power and presence, men are stricken down as though pricked in the heart. There is no standing against the Son of God when his bow of might is in his hands. Terrible will be that hour when his bow shall be made quite naked, and bolts of devouring fire shall be hurled upon his adversaries: then shall princes fall and nations perish.

Psalm 45:6

continued...3, 4. The king is addressed as ready to go forth to battle.

sword—(Compare Re 1:16; 19:15).

mighty—(Compare Isa 9:6).

glory and … majesty—generally used as divine attributes (Ps 96:6; 104:1; 111:3), or as specially conferred on mortals (Ps 21:5), perhaps these typically.45:1-5 The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. This psalm is touching the King Jesus, his kingdom and government. It is a shame that this good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. There is more in Christ to engage our love, than there is or can be in any creature. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understand how much more worthy he is of our love. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good will of God is made known to us, and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. The psalmist, ver. 3-5, joyfully foretells the progress and success of the Messiah. The arrows of conviction are very terrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled and reconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to his enemies who refuse to submit. All who have seen his glory and tasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit, bring enemies and strangers under his dominion.
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