Psalm 55:6
New International Version
I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

New Living Translation
Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!

English Standard Version
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;

Berean Study Bible
I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.

New American Standard Bible
I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

King James Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Christian Standard Bible
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.

Contemporary English Version
I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace.

Good News Translation
I wish I had wings like a dove. I would fly away and find rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.

International Standard Version
I said, "O, who will give me the wings of a dove, so that I could fly away and live somewhere else?

NET Bible
I say, "I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!

New Heart English Bible
I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove. Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I said, “Who would give me wings like a dove?” I had flown and I would have rested.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I said, "If only I had wings like a dove- I would fly away and find rest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I said: 'Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

New American Standard 1977
And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away and be at rest.

King James 2000 Bible
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American King James Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

American Standard Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, O that I had wings as those of a dove! then would I flee away, and be at rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest?

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away, and be at rest;

English Revised Version
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest.

World English Bible
I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Who doth give to me a pinion as a dove? I fly away and rest,
Study Bible
Cast Your Burden upon the LORD
5Fear and trembling grip me, and horror has overwhelmed me. 6I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. 7How far away I would flee; in the wilderness I would remain. Selah…
Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Jeremiah 9:2
If only I had a traveler's lodge in the wilderness, I would abandon my people and depart from them, for they are all adulterers, a crowd of faithless people.

Jeremiah 48:28
Abandon the towns and dwell among the rocks, O residents of Moab! Be like a dove that nests at the mouth of a cave.

Treasury of Scripture

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Psalm 11:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

Psalm 139:9
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Revelation 12:14
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.







Lexicon
I said,
וָאֹמַ֗ר (wā·’ō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Oh,
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

that
יִתֶּן־ (yit·ten-)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

I had wings
אֵ֭בֶר (’ê·ḇer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 83: A pinion

like a dove!
כַּיּוֹנָ֗ה (kay·yō·w·nāh)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3123: A dove

I would fly away
אָע֥וּפָה (’ā·‘ū·p̄āh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5774: To fly, to faint

and find rest.
וְאֶשְׁכֹּֽנָה׃ (wə·’eš·kō·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell
(6) Oh that I had.--Literally, who will give me?--The bird that was in the psalmist's thought was doubtless the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), which selects for its nesting the lofty cliffs and deep ravines far from the neighbourhood of man. (Comp. Song of Solomon 2:14, Note.)

Be at rest.--So the LXX. and Vulg., and the reading is consecrated by long use; but the parallelism seems to require the more literal dwell or abide.

Verse 6. - And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! The beauty of this passage has sunk deep into the Christian heart. Great composers have set to it some of their most exquisite music. The desire is one which finds an echo in almost every human breast, and the expression of it here has all the beauty of the best Eastern poetry. Jeremiah's words are far tamer, "Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men, that I might leave my people, and go from them!" For then would I fly away, and be at rest. The desire of "rest" is universal. Whatever the delights of action, they can only charm us for a time. In our hearts we are always longing to have done with action, and to be at rest. 55:1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest.
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