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Psalms 54:1

    Psalms 54:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Save me, O God, by your name, and judge me by your strength.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Save me, O God, by thy name, And judge me in thy might.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <To the chief music-maker; on Neginoth. Maschil. Of David. When the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Is not David keeping himself secret among us?> Let your name be my salvation, O God; let my cause be judged by your strength.

    Webster's Revision

    Save me, O God, by thy name, And judge me in thy might.

    World English Bible

    Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David: when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy might.

    Definitions for Psalms 54:1

    Save - Except; besides.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 54:1

    Save me, O God, by thy name - Save me by thyself alone; so name here may be understood. The name of God is often God himself. David was now in such imminent danger of being taken and destroyed, that no human means were left for his escape; if God therefore had not Interfered, he must have been destroyed. See the introduction, Psalm 54:1-7 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 54:1

    Save me, O God, by thy name - The word "name" here may include the perfections or attributes properly implied in the name. It is a calling on God as God, or in view of all that is implied in his name, or that constitutes the idea of "God." That name would imply all of power and benevolence that was necessary to secure his salvation or safety. The particular object of the prayer here is that God would save him from the design of the Ziphims to betray him to Saul. In some way David seems to have been apprised of the information which they had given to Saul, or at least to have suspected it so strongly that he felt it was necessary for him to move from place to place in order to find safety.

    And judqe me by thy strength - The word "judge" here is used in the sense of declaring a judgment in his favor, or of vindicating him. See the notes at Psalm 7:8. Compare Psalm 18:20; Psalm 26:1; Psalm 43:1. The idea is, Vindicate or save me by thy power.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 54:1

    54:1 Name - By thy own strength. Judge - Plead my cause.