Psalm 54:1
New International Version
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?” Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might.

New Living Translation
Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might.

English Standard Version
O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. With stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. When the Ziphites went to Saul and said, “Is David not hiding among us?” Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might!

King James Bible
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

New King James Version
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding with us?” Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength.

New American Standard Bible
For the music director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is David not keeping himself hidden among us?” Save me, God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power.

NASB 1995
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?” Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power.

NASB 1977
Save me, O God, by Thy name, And vindicate me by Thy power.

Amplified Bible
To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is hiding among us.” Save me, O God, by Your name; And vindicate me by Your [wondrous] power.

Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. When the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding among us? ” † God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Davidic Maskil. When the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding among us?” God, save me by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might!

American Standard Version
Save me, O God, by thy name, And judge me in thy might.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God, save me by your Name and judge me by your power!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, among Hymns of instruction by David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Lo, is not David hid with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy might.

Contemporary English Version
Save me, God, by your power and prove that I am right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy strength.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David: when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy might.

Good News Translation
Save me by your power, O God; set me free by your might!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; on stringed instruments; a [maskil] by David when people from the city of Ziph told Saul that David was hiding among them.] O God, save me by your name, and defend me with your might.

International Standard Version
God, by your name deliver me, and by your power vindicate me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader; with string-music. Maschil of David: when the Ziphites came and said to Saul: 'Doth not David hide himself with us?' O God, save me by Thy name, And right me by Thy might.

Literal Standard Version
TO THE OVERSEER. WITH STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. AN INSTRUCTION OF DAVID, IN THE COMING IN OF THE ZIPHIM, AND THEY SAY TO SAUL, “IS DAVID NOT HIDING HIMSELF WITH US?” O God, save me by Your Name, and judge me by Your might.

NET Bible
For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: "David is hiding with us." O God, deliver me by your name! Vindicate me by your power!

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, "Isn't David hiding himself among us?"] Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.

World English Bible
Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer with stringed instruments. -- An instruction, by David, in the coming in of the Ziphim, and they say to Saul, 'Is not David hiding himself with us?' O God, by Thy name save me, and by Thy might judge me.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Vindicate Me by Your Might
1For the choirmaster. With stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. When the Ziphites went to Saul and said, “Is David not hiding among us?” Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might! 2Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 23:19
Then the Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah south of Jeshimon?

1 Samuel 26:1
Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah and said, "Is not David hiding on the hill of Hachilah, opposite Jeshimon?"

2 Chronicles 20:6
and said, "O LORD, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You.

Psalm 20:1
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

Psalm 26:1
Vindicate me, O LORD! For I have walked with integrity; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise.


Treasury of Scripture

Save me, O God, by your name, and judge me by your strength.

A.

1 Samuel 23:19,20
Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon? …

1 Samuel 26:1
And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?

Micah 7:5,6
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom…

by the name

Psalm 20:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

Psalm 48:10
According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalm 79:9
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

judge

Psalm 26:1
A Psalm of David. Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

Psalm 43:1,2
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man…

Psalm 99:4
The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.









(1) By thy name.--See Note, Psalm 20:1. (Comp. Isaiah 30:27.)

Judge me by thy strength--i.e., in Thy power see that justice is done me.

Verse 1. - Save me, O God, by thy Name; i.e. by the qualities of which thy "Name" is significant - power, goodness, and truth. And judge me; i.e. "vindicate me," or "judge my cause." By thy strength; or, "thy might" - the might which thou possessest as a gibbor, or "hero."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֥חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

With stringed instruments.
בִּנְגִינֹ֗ת (bin·ḡî·nōṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5058: Instrumental music, a stringed instrument, a poem set to music, an epigram

A Maskil
מַשְׂכִּ֥יל (maś·kîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4905: Instructive, a didactic poem

of David.
לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

When the Ziphites
הַ֭זִּיפִים (haz·zî·p̄îm)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 2130: Ziphites -- inhabitants of Ziph

went
בְּב֣וֹא (bə·ḇō·w)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to Saul
לְשָׁא֑וּל (lə·šā·’ūl)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

and said,
וַיֹּאמְר֣וּ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Is David
דָ֝וִ֗ד (ḏā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

not
הֲלֹ֥א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

hiding
מִסְתַּתֵּ֥ר (mis·tat·têr)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5641: To hide, conceal

among us?”
עִמָּֽנוּ׃ (‘im·mā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

Save me,
הוֹשִׁיעֵ֑נִי (hō·wō·šî·‘ê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

O God,
אֱ֭לֹהִים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

by Your name,
בְּשִׁמְךָ֣ (bə·šim·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 8034: A name

and vindicate me
תְדִינֵֽנִי׃ (ṯə·ḏî·nê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 1777: A straight course, sail direct

by Your might!
וּבִגְבוּרָתְךָ֥ (ū·ḇiḡ·ḇū·rā·ṯə·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1369: Force, valor, victory


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