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Psalms 21:4

    Psalms 21:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He asked life of you, and you gave it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him, Even length of days for ever and ever.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He made request to you for life, and you gave it to him, long life for ever and ever.

    Webster's Revision

    He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him, Even length of days for ever and ever.

    World English Bible

    He asked life of you, you gave it to him, even length of days forever and ever.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He asked life of thee, thou gavest it him; even length of days for ever and ever.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 21:4

    He asked life of thee - This verse has caused some interpreters to understand the Psalm of Hezekiah's sickness, recovery, and the promised addition to his life of fifteen years; but it may be more literally understood of the Messiah, of whom David was the type, and in several respects the representative.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 21:4

    He asked life of thee - An expression similar to this occurs in Psalm 61:5-6, "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows;...Thou wilt prolong the king's life, and his years to many generations." The expression in both cases implies that there had been a prayer for "life," as if life were in danger. The expression itself would be applicable to a time of sickness, or to danger of any kind, and here it is used doubtless in reference to the exposure of life in going into battle, or in going forth to war. In this apprehended peril he prayed that God would defend him. He earnestly sought protection as he went forth to the perils of war.

    And thou gavest it him - Thou didst hear and answer his prayer. He was saved from danger.

    Even length of days forever and ever - Thou didst grant him more than he asked. He sought life for himself; thou bast not only granted that, but hast granted to him the assurance that he should live in his posterity to all generations. The idea is, that there would be an indefinite contination of his race. His posterity would occupy his throne, and there would be no end to his reign thus prolonged. Beyond all his petitions and his hopes, God bad given the assurance that his reign would be permanent and enduring. We cannot suppose that he understood this as if it were a promise made to him personally, that "he" would live and would occupy the throne forever; but the natural interpretation is that which would refer it to his posterity, and to the perpetuity of the reign of his family or descendants. A similar promise occurs elsewhere: 2 Samuel 7:13, 2 Samuel 7:16; compare the notes at Psalm 18:50. It is by no means an uncommon thing that God gives us more than we asked in our prayers. The offering of prayer is not only the means of securing the blessing which we asked, but also often of securing much more important blessings which we did not ask. If the expression were allowable it might be said that the prayer "suggested" to the divine mind the conferring of all needed blessings, or it indicates such a state of mind on the part of him who prays that God "takes occasion" to confer blessings which were not asked; as a request made by a child to a parent for a specific favor is followed not only by granting "that" favor, but by bestowing others of which the child did not think. The state of mind on the part of the child was such as to "dispose" the parent to grant much larger blessings.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 21:4

    21:4 For ever - Thou gavest him a long life and reign here, and after that didst translate him to live with thee for ever. But this was more eminently fulfilled in Christ, who asked of his father, life, or to be saved from death, Heb 5:7, though with submission to his will: but his father, though he saw it necessary to take away his temporal life, yet instantly gave him another, far more noble, even the perfect possession of an everlasting life both in his soul and body, at his right hand.