Psalm 73:28
New International Version
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

New Living Translation
But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

English Standard Version
But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Berean Study Bible
But as for me, it is good to draw near to God. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may proclaim all Your works.

New American Standard Bible
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.

King James Bible
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Christian Standard Bible
But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.

Contemporary English Version
It is good for me to be near you. I choose you as my protector, and I will tell about your wonderful deeds.

Good News Translation
But as for me, how wonderful to be near God, to find protection with the Sovereign LORD and to proclaim all that he has done!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.

International Standard Version
As for me, how good for me it is that God is near! I have made the Lord GOD my refuge so I can tell about all your deeds.

NET Bible
But as for me, God's presence is all I need. I have made the sovereign LORD my shelter, as I declare all the things you have done.

New Heart English Bible
But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the LORD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works in the gates of the daughter of Zion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have desired to draw near to God; your Name is good to me, Lord Jehovah, my trust, that I may tell all your wonders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Being united with God is my highest good. I have made the Almighty LORD my refuge so that I may report everything that he has done.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Thy works.

New American Standard 1977
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Thy works.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as for me, to draw near to God is good; I have put my hope in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

King James 2000 Bible
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

American King James Version
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

American Standard Version
But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But it is good for me to cleave close to God, to put my trust in the Lord; that I may proclaim all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises, in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

Darby Bible Translation
But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord Jehovah, that I may declare all thy works.

English Revised Version
But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.

Webster's Bible Translation
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

World English Bible
But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. A contemplation by Asaph.

Young's Literal Translation
And I -- nearness of God to me is good, I have placed in the Lord Jehovah my refuge, To recount all Thy works!
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
27Those far from You will surely perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28But as for me, it is good to draw near to God. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may proclaim all Your works.
Cross References
Hebrews 10:22
let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Psalm 14:6
You sinners frustrate the plans of the oppressed, yet the LORD is their shelter.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us--none can compare to You--if I would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered.

Psalm 65:4
Blessed is the one You choose and bring near to dwell in Your courts! We are filled with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple.

Psalm 71:7
I have become a portent to many, but You are my strong refuge.

Psalm 107:22
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing.

Psalm 118:17
I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the LORD has done.

Zephaniah 3:2
She heeded no voice; she accepted no instruction. She does not trust in the LORD; she has not drawn near to her God.

Treasury of Scripture

But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

but

Psalm 65:4
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Psalm 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalm 116:7
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

that I may

Psalm 66:16
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

Psalm 71:17,24
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works…

Psalm 107:22
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.







Lexicon
But as for me,
וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

[it is] good
ט֥וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to draw near
קִֽרֲבַ֥ת (qi·ră·ḇaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7132: An approach

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

I have made
שַׁתִּ֤י ׀ (šat·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

the Lord
בַּאדֹנָ֣י (ba·ḏō·nāy)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

GOD
יְהֹוִ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH

my refuge,
מַחְסִ֑י (maḥ·sî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4268: Refuge, shelter

that I may proclaim
לְ֝סַפֵּ֗ר (lə·sap·pêr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

Your works.
מַלְאֲכוֹתֶֽיךָ׃ (mal·’ă·ḵō·w·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4399: Deputyship, ministry, employment, work, property
(28) Works.--Not God's doings, but works prescribed to the psalmist, messages entrusted to him; no doubt here the conclusions he had come to, or the truths that had been revealed to him, in contrast with the false opinions from which he had been freed.

Verse 28. - But it is good for me to draw near to God; or, "but as for me, nearness to God is my good" (Kay). Compare the well known hymn -

"Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee;
Even though it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee."
I have put my trust in the Lord God; literally, in the Lord Jehovah (Adonai Jehovah) - an unusual combination. That I may declare all thy works. With the intention of ever hereafter declaring and magnifying all thy works.



73:21-28 God would not suffer his people to be tempted, if his grace were not sufficient, not only to save them from harm, but to make them gainers by it. This temptation, the working of envy and discontent, is very painful. In reflecting upon it, the psalmist owns it was his folly and ignorance thus to vex himself. If good men, at any time, through the surprise and strength of temptation, think, or speak, or act amiss, they will reflect upon it with sorrow and shame. We must ascribe our safety in temptation, and our victory, not to our own wisdom, but to the gracious presence of God with us, and Christ's intercession for us. All who commit themselves to God, shall be guided with the counsel both of his word and of his Spirit, the best counsellors here, and shall be received to his glory in another world; the believing hopes and prospects of which will reconcile us to all dark providences. And the psalmist was hereby quickened to cleave the closer to God. Heaven itself could not make us happy without the presence and love of our God. The world and all its glory vanishes. The body will fail by sickness, age, and death; when the flesh fails, the conduct, courage, and comfort fail. But Christ Jesus, our Lord, offers to be all in all to every poor sinner, who renounces all other portions and confidences. By sin we are all far from God. And a profession Christ, if we go on in sin, will increase our condemnation. May we draw near, and keep near, to our God, by faith and prayer, and find it good to do so. Those that with an upright heart put their trust in God, shall never want matter for thanksgiving to him. Blessed Lord, who hast so graciously promised to become our portion in the next world, prevent us from choosing any other in this.
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