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Psalms 16:8

    Psalms 16:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I have set Jehovah always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have put the Lord before me at all times; because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved.

    Webster's Revision

    I have set Jehovah always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    World English Bible

    I have set Yahweh always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 16:8

    I have set the Lord always before me - This verse, and all to the end of Psalm 16:11, are applied by St. Peter to the death and resurreetion of Christ. Acts 2:25, etc.

    In all that our Lord did, said, or suffered, he kept the glory of the Father and the accomplishment of his purpose constantly in view. He tells us that he did not come down from heaven to do his own will, but the will of the Father who had sent him. See John 17:4.

    He is at my right hand - That is, I have his constant presence, approbation, and support. All this is spoken by Christ as man.

    I shall not be moved - Nothing can swerve me from my purpose; nothing can prevent me from fulfilling the Divine counsel, in reference to the salvation of men.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 16:8

    I have set the Lord always before me - By night as well as by day; in my private meditations as well as in my public professions. I have regarded myself always as in the presence of God; I have endeavored always to feel that, his eye was upon me. This, too, is one of the certain characteristics of piety, that we always feel that we are in the presence of God, and that we always act as if his eye were upon us. Compare the notes at Acts 2:25.

    Because he is at my right hand - The right hand was regarded as the post of honor and dignity, but it is also mentioned as a position of defense or protection. To have one at our right hand is to have one near us who can defend us. Thus, in Psalm 109:31, "He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him," etc. So Psalm 110:5, "The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath." Psalm 121:5, "the Lord is thy Keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." The idea is, that as we use the right hand in our "own" defense, we seem to have an additional and a needed helper when one is at our right hand. The sense here is, that the psalmist felt that God, as his Protector, was always near him; always ready to interpose for his defense. We have a somewhat similar expression when we say of anyone that he is "at hand;" that is, he is near us.

    I shall not be moved - I shall be safe; I shall not be disturbed by fear; I shall be protected from my enemies. See Psalm 10:6; Psalm 15:5. Compare Psalm 46:5. The language here is that of one who has confidence in God in time of great calamities, and who feels that he is safe under the divine favor and protection.