Psalm 8:2
New International Version
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

New Living Translation
You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.

English Standard Version
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

Berean Study Bible
From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, to silence the enemy and avenger.

New American Standard Bible
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

King James Bible
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Christian Standard Bible
From the mouths of infants and nursing babies, you have established a stronghold on account of your adversaries in order to silence the enemy and the avenger.

Contemporary English Version
With praises from children and from tiny infants, you have built a fortress. It makes your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless.

Good News Translation
it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all your enemies; you stop anyone who opposes you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants to silence the enemy and the avenger.

International Standard Version
Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have established strength on account of your adversaries, in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe.

NET Bible
From the mouths of children and nursing babies you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries, so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy.

New Heart English Bible
From the lips of children and infants you have established praise, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From the mouth of young men and boys you prepared your song, because of your enemies,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From the mouths of little children and infants, you have built a fortress against your opponents to silence the enemy and the avenger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou founded strength, Because of Thine adversaries; That Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

New American Standard 1977
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast established strength, Because of Thine adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou might still the enemy and the avenger.

King James 2000 Bible
Out of the mouth of babes and infants have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

American King James Version
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

American Standard Version
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established strength, Because of thine adversaries, That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou perfected praise, because of thine enemies; that thou mightest put down the enemy and avenger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.

Darby Bible Translation
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established praise because of thine adversaries, to still the enemy and the avenger.

English Revised Version
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established strength, because of thine adversaries, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Webster's Bible Translation
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thy enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

World English Bible
From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Young's Literal Translation
From the mouths of infants and sucklings Thou hast founded strength, Because of Thine adversaries, To still an enemy and a self-avenger.
Study Bible
How Majestic is Your Name!
1For the choirmaster. According to Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. 2From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, to silence the enemy and avenger. 3When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place—…
Cross References
Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus declared, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Matthew 21:16
"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked. "Yes," Jesus answered, "have you never read: 'From the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise'?"

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Psalm 29:1
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Psalm 44:16
at the voice of the scorner and reviler, because of the enemy, bent on revenge.

Psalm 118:14
The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.

Treasury of Scripture

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

Out

Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 21:16
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

Luke 10:21
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

ordained.

Psalm 84:5-7
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Amos 5:9
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

still

Psalm 4:4
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Exodus 11:7
But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

the enemy

Psalm 44:16
For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.







Lexicon
From the lips
מִפִּ֤י (mip·pî)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of children
עֽוֹלְלִ֨ים ׀ (‘ō·wl·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5768: A suckling

and infants
וְֽיֹנְקִים֮ (wə·yō·nə·qîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3243: To suck, to give milk

You have ordained
יִסַּ֪דְתָּ֫ (yis·saḏ·tā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3245: To set, to found, to sit down together, settle, consult

praise
עֹ֥ז (‘ōz)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5797: Strength, might

on account of
לְמַ֥עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

Your adversaries,
צוֹרְרֶ֑יךָ (ṣō·wr·re·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6887: To bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, or cramped

to silence
לְהַשְׁבִּ֥ית (lə·haš·bîṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7673: To repose, desist from exertion

the enemy
א֝וֹיֵ֗ב (’ō·w·yêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

and avenger.
וּמִתְנַקֵּֽם׃ (ū·miṯ·naq·qêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5358: To grudge, avenge, punish
(2) Babes and sucklings.--Better, young children and sucklings. A regular phrase to describe children from one to three years old (1Samuel 15:3; 1Samuel 22:19). The yonek, or suckling, denotes an earlier stage of the nursing period (which, with Hebrew mothers, sometimes extended over three years, 2 Maccabees 7:27, and on Talmudic authority could not be less than two years) than the olel, which is applied to children able to play about on the streets (Jeremiah 9:21; Lamentations 4:4). (See Dr. Ginsburg on Eastern Manners and Customs: Bible Educator, i. 29.)

Ordained strength . . .--At the first glance, the LXX. translation, as quoted in Matthew 21:16 (see Note, New Testament Commentary), "Thou hast perfected praise," seems to be correct, from a comparison with Psalm 29:1, where strength translates the same Hebrew word, and plainly means homage. This expresses, doubtless, part of the thought of the poet, that in a child's simple and innocent wonder lies the truest worship; that God accomplishes the greatest things and reveals His glory by means of the weakest instruments--a thought which was seized upon by our Lord to condemn the want of spirituality in the scribes and Pharisees. But the context, speaking the language of war, seems to demand the primitive meaning, stronghold or defence. The truth which the Bible proclaims of the innate divinity of man, his essential likeness to God, is the principal subject of the poet; and in the princely heart of innocence of an unspoilt child he sees, as Wordsworth saw, its confirmation. "Trailing clouds of glory do we come, From God who is our home." Such a proof is strong even against the noisy clamour of apostate men, who rebel against the Divine government, and lay upon God the blame of their aberration from His order. "His merry babbling mouth provides a defence of the Creator against all the calumnies of the foe" (Ewald). Others think rather of the faculty of speech, and the wonder and glory of it.

The avenger.--Properly, him who avenges himself.

Verse 2. - Out of the month of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength. By "babes and sucklings" are meant young children just able to lisp God's praises, and often doing so, either through pious teaching or by a sort of natural instinct, since "Heaven lies about us in our infancy" (Wordsworth). These scarce articulate mutterings form a foundation on which the glory of God in part rests. Because of thine enemies. To put them to shame, who, having attained to manhood, refuse to acknowledge God. That thou mightset still the enemy and the avenger. It scarcely seems as if any single individual - either Absalom, or Ahithophel, or even Satan (Kay) - is intended. Rather the words are used generally of all those who are enemies of God, and desirous of revenging themselves upon him. The existence of such persons is well shown by Hengstenberg. 8:1,2 The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his name. How bright this glory shines even in this lower world! He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. The birth, life, preaching, miracles, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are known through the world. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Saviour of mankind. But how much brighter it shines in the upper world! We, on this earth, only hear God's excellent name, and praise that; the angels and blessed spirits above, see his glory, and praise that; yet he is exalted far above even their blessing and praise. Sometimes the grace of God appears wonderfully in young children. Sometimes the power of God brings to pass great things in his church, by very weak and unlikely instruments, that the excellency of the power might the more evidently appear to be of God, and not of man. This he does, because of his enemies, that he may put them to silence.
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