Psalm 55:7
New International Version
I would flee far away and stay in the desert;

New Living Translation
I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude

English Standard Version
yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah

Berean Study Bible
How far away I would flee! In the wilderness I would remain. Selah

King James Bible
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

New King James Version
Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness. Selah

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, I would flee far away, I would spend my nights in the wilderness. Selah

NASB 1995
"Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

NASB 1977
“Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

Amplified Bible
“I would wander far away, I would lodge in the [peace of the] wilderness. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

American Standard Version
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I had gone far away; I had flown and dwelt in the wilderness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Lo! I have fled afar off, and lodged in the wilderness. Pause.

Contemporary English Version
I would go and live in some distant desert.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lo, I have gone far off flying away; and I abode in the wilderness.

English Revised Version
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Good News Translation
I would fly far away and make my home in the desert.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, I would run far away. I would stay in the desert. [Selah]

International Standard Version
Look, I want to flee far away; I want to settle down in the wilderness. Interlude

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah

Literal Standard Version
Behold, I move far off, "" I lodge in a wilderness. Selah.

NET Bible
Look, I will escape to a distant place; I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Look, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness." Selah.

World English Bible
Behold, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I move far off, I lodge in a wilderness. Selah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Cast Your Burden upon the LORD
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 8I would hurry to my shelter, far from this raging tempest.”…

Cross References
1 Samuel 23:14
And David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God would not deliver David into his hand.

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.


Treasury of Scripture

See, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

1 Samuel 27:1
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

2 Samuel 15:14
And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

2 Samuel 17:21,22
And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you…









(7) Remain.--Better, lodge.

Verse 7. - Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness; rather, and lodge in the wilderness. Doves, ring-doves, and others, are abundant in Palestine, and frequent wild and rocky places, far from the haunts of man. Speaking of a rocky gorge near the Lake of Gennesaret, Canon Tristram says, "But no description can give an adequate idea of the myriads of rock-pigeons. In absolute crowds they dashed to and fro in the ravine, whirling round with a rush and a whirr that could be felt like a gust of wind" ('Land of Israel,' p. 446).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How
הִ֭נֵּה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

far away
אַרְחִ֣יק (’ar·ḥîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's 7368: To be or become far or distant

I would flee;
נְדֹ֑ד (nə·ḏōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5074: To wave to and fro, to rove, flee, to drive away

in the wilderness
בַּמִּדְבָּ֣ר (bam·miḏ·bār)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

I would remain.
אָלִ֖ין (’ā·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's 3885: To stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's 5542: Suspension, pause


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