Psalm 78:72
New International Version
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.

New Living Translation
He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.

English Standard Version
With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Berean Study Bible
So David shepherded them with integrity of heart and guided them with skillful hands.

New American Standard Bible
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.

King James Bible
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Christian Standard Bible
He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with his skillful hands.

Contemporary English Version
David treated the people fairly and guided them with wisdom.

Good News Translation
David took care of them with unselfish devotion and led them with skill.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with his skillful hands.

International Standard Version
David shepherded them with a devoted heart, and led them with skillful hands.

NET Bible
David cared for them with pure motives; he led them with skill.

New Heart English Bible
So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he shepherded them in the perfection of his heart and in the understanding of his hands he led them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With unselfish devotion David became their shepherd. With skill he guided them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart; And lead them by the skilfulness of his hands.

New American Standard 1977
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So he fed them out of the integrity of his heart and guided them by the intelligence of his hands.

King James 2000 Bible
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

American King James Version
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

American Standard Version
So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So he tended them in the innocency of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he fed them in the innocence of his heart: and conducted them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Darby Bible Translation
And he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and led them by the skilfulness of his hands.

English Revised Version
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

World English Bible
So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. A Psalm by Asaph.

Young's Literal Translation
And he ruleth them according to the integrity of his heart, And by the skilfulness of his hands leadeth them!
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
71from tending the ewes He brought him to be shepherd of His people Jacob, of Israel His inheritance. 72So David shepherded them with integrity of heart and guided them with skillful hands.
Cross References
1 Kings 9:4
And as for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, with a heart of integrity and uprightness, doing all I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and ordinances,

Ecclesiastes 2:21
When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and he must give his portion to a man who has not worked for it, this too is futile and a great evil.

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who only feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed their flock?

Treasury of Scripture

So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

according

Psalm 75:2
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

Psalm 101:1-8
A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing…

2 Samuel 8:15
And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

guided

1 Kings 3:6-9,28
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day…

Zechariah 11:15-17
And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd…

2 Corinthians 3:5,6
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; …







Lexicon
So [David] shepherded them
וַ֭יִּרְעֵם (way·yir·‘êm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

with integrity
כְּתֹ֣ם (kə·ṯōm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8537: Completeness, integrity, also part of the high priest's breastplate

of heart
לְבָב֑וֹ (lə·ḇā·ḇōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

and guided them
יַנְחֵֽם׃ (yan·ḥêm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5148: To guide, to transport

with skillful
וּבִתְבוּנ֖וֹת (ū·ḇiṯ·ḇū·nō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

hands.
כַּפָּ֣יו (kap·pāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan
Verse 72. - So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart. On the whole, David performed his task of governing Israel faithfully. He had the direct testimony of God to that effect (see 1 Kings 9:4). And he guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. David was not only an upright and faithful king, but also a "skilful" or prudent one. He built up his kingdom into an empire without suffering any serious disasters. Israel reached its acme of glory and prosperity under him, decline setting in under Solomon.



78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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