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Psalms 4:8

    Psalms 4:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; For thou, Jehovah, alone makest me dwell in safety.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I will take my rest on my bed in peace, because you only, Lord, keep me safe.

    Webster's Revision

    In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; For thou, Jehovah, alone makest me dwell in safety.

    World English Bible

    In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety. For the Chief Musician, with the flutes. A Psalm by David.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    In peace will I both lay me down and sleep: for thou, LORD, alone makest me dwell in safety.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 4:8

    I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep - Most men lie down, and most sleep, daily, for without rest and steep life could not be preserved; but alas! how few lie down in peace! peace with their own consciences, and peace with God! David had then two great blessings, rest by sleep, and peace in his soul. He had a happy soul; and when he lay down on his bed, his body soon enjoyed its repose, as the conscience was in peace. And he had a third blessing, a confidence that he should sleep in safety. And it was so. No fearful dreams disturbed his repose, for he had a mind tranquillized by the peace of God. As to his body, that enjoyed its due rest, for he had not overloaded nature either with dainties or superfluities. Reader, are not many of thy sleepless hours to be attributed to thy disordered soul - to a sense of guilt on thy conscience, or to a fear of death and hell?

    Pray incessantly till thou get the light of God's countenance, till his Spirit bear witness with thine that thou art a child of God. Then thy repose will do thee good: and even in thy sleep thy happy soul will be getting forward to heaven.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 4:8

    I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep - The word "both" here means "at the same time;" that is, I will alike be in peace, and I will lie down and will sleep; I will have a mind at peace (or, in tranquility) when I lie down, and will sleep calmly. This is said in view of his confidence in God, and of his belief that God would preserve him. He had put his trust in him; he had sought his happiness in him, and now he felt assured that he had nothing to fear, and, at peace with God, he would lie down and compose himself to rest. This is the counterpart of what is said in Psalm 3:5. There he says in the morning, that, though surrounded by fear, he "had" been permitted to lie calmly down and sleep; here he says, that, though he is surrounded by fear, he has such confidence in God, that he "will" give himself to quiet slumber. His mind was free from anxiety as to the result of the present troubles; he had calm confidence in God; he committed all to him; and thus gave himself to rest. No one can fail to admire the beauty of this; and no one can fail to perceive that entire confidence in God, and an assurance that all things are under his control, are best adapted of all things to give peaceful days and nights.

    For thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety - There are two ideas here:

    (a) One a confidence that he would abide in safety;

    (b) the other, that he owed this entirely to the Lord.

    He had no power to defend himself, and yet he felt assured that he would be safe - for he put his trust entirely in the Lord. The whole language implies unwavering trust or confidence in God, and is thus instructive and useful for all. It teaches us:

    (1) that in the midst of troubles we may put our trust in God; and

    (2) that religion is adapted to make the mind calm in such circumstances, and to enable its possessor to lie down without anxiety in the slumbers of the night, and to pursue without anxiety the duties of the day.