Psalm 60:4
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New International Version
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.

New Living Translation
But you have raised a banner for those who fear you--a rallying point in the face of attack. Interlude

English Standard Version
You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah

Berean Study Bible
You have raised a banner for those who fear You, that they may flee the bow. Selah

New American Standard Bible
You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

King James Bible
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
You have given a signal flag to those who fear you, so that they can flee before the archers. Selah

Contemporary English Version
You gave a signal to those who worship you, so they could escape from enemy arrows.

Good News Translation
You have warned those who have reverence for you, so that they might escape destruction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have given a signal flag to those who fear You, so that they can flee before the archers. Selah

International Standard Version
But you have given a banner to those who fear you, so they may display it in honor of truth. Interlude

NET Bible
You have given your loyal followers a rallying flag, so that they might seek safety from the bow. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have given your worshipers a sign that they will not flee from before your archer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, you have raised a flag for those who fear you so that they can rally to it when attacked by bows [and arrows]. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast given a banner to those who fear Thee, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast given a banner to those that fear thee that they raise up for the truth. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

American King James Version
You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

American Standard Version
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast given a warning to them that fear thee: that they may flee from before the bow: That thy beloved may be delivered.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth, (Selah,)

English Revised Version
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

World English Bible
You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast given to those fearing thee an ensign. To be lifted up as an ensign Because of truth. Selah.
Study Bible
Victory Through God
3You have shown Your people hardship; we are staggered from the wine You made us drink. 4You have raised a banner for those who fear You, that they may flee the bow. Selah 5Save us with Your right hand; answer us, that those You love may be delivered.…
Cross References
Psalm 20:5
May we shout for joy at your victory and raise a banner in the name of our God. May the LORD sanction all your petitions.

Isaiah 5:26
He lifts a banner for the distant nations and whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Behold--how speedily and swiftly they come!

Isaiah 11:12
He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Isaiah 13:2
Raise a banner on a barren hilltop; call aloud to them. Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.

Treasury of Scripture

You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

a banner

Psalm 20:5 We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we …

Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

Songs 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble …

Isaiah 49:22 Thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the Gentiles, …

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory …

because

Psalm 12:1,2 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from …

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness …

Isaiah 59:14,15 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: …

Jeremiah 5:1-3 Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, …







(4) Thou hast given.--Amid the uncertainty attaching to this verse, one thing is certain, that the Authorised Version rendering of its second clause must be abandoned. Instead of koshet (truth), we must read with the LXX. and Symmachus kesheth (a bow). It is more than doubtful if the preposition rendered because of can have that meaning. Nor can the rendering of the verb, that it may be displayed, be defended. Render, Thou hast given Thy fearers a banner, that they may rally to it from before the bow, and comp. Isaiah 13:2.

Verse 4. - Thou hast given a tanner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. So most commentators. But the ancient rendering, recently revived by Professor Cheyne, is perhaps preferable. According to this, the meaning is, "Thou hast indeed given a banner to them that fear thee (see Exodus 17:15), but only that they may flee before the bow" (τοῦ φυγεῖν ἀπὸ προωσ´που τόξων, LXX.). On the last occasion that the banner had been lifted, it had seemed to be, not so much a rallying point, as a signal for dispersion. Thou hast given a banner,.... The word is, by Jarchi, taken to signify "temptation" or "trial" (o); and he interprets it of many troubles which they had, that they might be tried by them, whether they would stand in the fear of God, and so considers these words as a continuation of the account of the distresses of the people of Israel; but they are rather to be considered as declaring a peculiar blessing and favour bestowed upon some among them, who are here described, when the rest were involved in the greatest calamities, signified by a "banner" or "ensign" given them; by which is meant, not so much David literally, and the victory he obtained over the Syrians and Edomites, of which the banner displayed might be a token; but the Messiah, who is said to be given for a banner, or set up as an ensign for the people, Isaiah 11:10; for the gathering of them to him, to prepare them for war, and animate them to fight the good fight of faith, and oppose every enemy; to direct where they should stand to be on duty, where they should go, and whom they should follow; and is expressive of the victory over sin, Satan, and the world, they have through him: and this is given

to them that fear thee; who have the grace of fear put into their hearts; who fear the Lord and his goodness, and serve him with reverence and godly fear; who worship him both inwardly and outwardly, in spirit and in truth, whether among Jews or Gentiles, though the former may be chiefly intended; such as old Simeon, Anna the prophetess, and others, to whom Christ was made known; and especially the apostles of Christ, and those to whom their ministry became useful; whose business it was to display this banner, set up this ensign, and hold out this flag; as it follows:

that it may be displayed because of the truth; not because of the truth of Abraham, as the Targum; nor because of the truth, sincerity, and uprightness, of those that fear the Lord; but because of his own truth and faithfulness in the performance of his promises made concerning the displaying of this banner; or the sending of his son into the world, and the preaching of his Gospel in it; see Romans 15:8.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(o) So Yalkut Simconi in loc. par. 2. fol. 103. 1.4 Thou has given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth, Selah.

5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

Psalm 60:4

Here the strain takes a turn. The Lord has called back to himself his servants, and commissioned them for his service, presenting them with a standard to be used in his wars. "Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee." Their afflictions had led them to exhibit holy fear, and then being fitted for the Lord's favour, he gave them an ensign, which would be both a rallying point for their hosts, a proof that he had sent them to fight, and a guarantee of victory. The bravest men are usually intrusted with the banner, and it is certain that those who fear God most have less fear of man than any others. The Lord has given us the standard of the gospel, let us live to uphold it, and if needful die to defend it. Our right to contend for God, and our reason for expecting success, are found in the fact that the faith has been once committed to the saints, and that by the Lord himself. "That it may be displayed because of the truth." Banners are for the breeze, the sun, the battle. Israel might well come forth boldly, for a sacred standard was borne aloft before them. To publish the gospel is a sacred duty, to be ashamed of it a deadly sin. The truth of God was involved in the triumph of David's armies, he had promised them victory; and so in the proclamation of the gospel we need feel no hesitancy, for as surely as God is true he will give success to his own Word. For the truth's sake, and because the true God is on our side, let us in these modern days of warfare emulate the warriors of Israel, and unfurl our banners to the breeze with confident joy. Dark signs of present or coming ill must not dishearten us; if the Lord had meant to destroy us he would not have given us the gospel; the very fact that he has revealed himself in Christ Jesus involves the certainty of victory. Magna est veritas et praevalebit.

"Hard things thou hast upon us laid,

And made us drink most bitter wine;

But still thy banner we've displayed,

And borne aloft thy truth divine.

"Our courage fails not, though the night

No earthly lamp avails to break,

For thou wilt soon arise in might,

And of our captors captives make."

"Selah." There is so much in the fact of a banner being given to the hosts of Israel, so much of hope, of duty, of comfort, that a pause is fitly introduced. The sense justifies it, and the more joyful strain of the music necessitates it.

Psalm 60:5

continued...4, 5. Yet to God's banner they will rally, and pray that, led and sustained by His power (right hand, Ps 17:7; 20:6), they may be safe.60:1-5 David owns God's displeasure to be the cause of all the hardships he had undergone. And when God is turning his hand in our favour, it is good to remember our former troubles. In God's displeasure their troubles began, therefore in his favour their prosperity must begin. Those breaches and divisions which the folly and corruption of man make, nothing but the wisdom and grace of God can repair, by pouring out a spirit of love and peace, by which only a kingdom is saved from ruin. The anger of God against sin, is the only cause of all misery, private or public, that has been, is, or shall be. In all these cases there is no remedy, but by returning to the Lord with repentance, faith, and prayer; beseeching him to return to us. Christ, the Son of David, is given for a banner to those that fear God; in him they are gathered together in one, and take courage. In his name and strength they wage war with the powers of darkness.
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