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Psalms 55:6

    Psalms 55:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I said, If only I had wings like a dove! for then I would go in flight from here and be at rest.

    Webster's Revision

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest.

    World English Bible

    I said, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! then would I fly away, and be at rest.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 55:6

    O that I had wings like a dove! - He was so surrounded, so hemmed in on every side by his adversaries, that he could see no way for his escape unless he had wings, and could take flight. The dove is a bird of very rapid wing; and some oil them passing before his eyes at the time, might have suggested the idea expressed here.

    And be at rest - Get a habitation.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 55:6

    And I said - That is, when I saw these calamities coming upon me, and knew not what the result was to be.

    Oh, that I had wings like a dove! - literally, "Who will give me wings like a dove?" or, Who will give me the pinion of a dove? The original word - אבר 'êber - means properly, "a wing-feather;" a pinion; the penna major or flagfeather of a bird's wing by which he steers his course, - as of an eagle, Isaiah 40:31, or of a dove, as here. It is distinguished from the wing itself, Ezekiel 17:3 : "A great eagle, with great wings, "long-winged," full of feathers." The reference here is supposed to be to the turtle-dove - a species of dove common in Palestine. Compare the notes at Psalm 11:1. These doves, it is said, are never tamed. "Confined in a cage, they droop, and, like Cowper, sigh for 'A lodge in some vast wilderness - some boundless contiguity of shade;' and no sooner are they set at liberty, than they flee to their mountains." Land and the Book (Dr. Thomson), vol. i., p. 416.

    For then would I fly away, and be at rest - I would escape from these dangers, and be in a place of safety. How often do we feel this in times of trouble! How often do we wish that we could get beyond the reach of enemies; of sorrows; of afflictions! How often do we sigh to be in a place where we might be assured that we should be safe from all annoyances; from all trouble! There is such a place, but not on earth. David might have borne his severest troubles with him if he could have fled - for those troubles are in the heart, and a mere change of place does not affect them; or he might have found new troubles in the place that seemed to him to be a place of peace and of rest. But there is a world which trouble never enters. That world is heaven; to that world we shall soon go, if we are God's children; and there we shall find absolute and eternal rest. Without "the wings of a dove," we shall soon fly away and be at rest. None of the troubles of earth will accompany us there; no new troubles will spring up there to disturb our peace.