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Psalms 73:28

    Psalms 73:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But it is good for me to come near to God: I have put my faith in the Lord God, so that I may make clear all his works.

    Webster's Revision

    But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

    World English Bible

    But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. A contemplation by Asaph.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 73:28

    It is good for me to draw near - We have already seen that those who are far off shall perish; therefore, it is ill for them. Those who draw near - who come in the true spirit of sacrifice, and with the only available offering, the Lord Jesus, shall be finally saved; therefore, it is good for them.

    I have put my trust in the Lord God - I confide in Jehovah, my Prop and Stay. I have taken him for my portion.

    That I may declare all thy works - That I may testify to all how good it is to draw nigh to God; and what a sufficient portion he is to the soul of man.

    The Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic, add, in the gates of the daughter of Sion. These words appear to make a better finish; but they are not acknowledged by any Hebrew MS.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 73:28

    But it is good for me to draw near to God - That is, It is pleasant; it is profitable; it is the chief good. For myself, happiness is to be found in that alone; there I find what my nature pants for and desires. Others find, or attempt to find, happiness in other things; my happiness is found in God alone. This is the result to which the psalmist came after all his perplexity. With all his doubts and difficulties, his real desire was to be near to God; his supreme happiness was found there.

    I have put my trust in the Lord God - I have truly confided in him; he is my portion and the sole ground of my reliance. The doubts which he had had were not, after all, real doubts about the claim of God to confidence. There was an underlying trust in God in the midst of all this. He had not desired to cherish such doubts; he did, on the most calm reflection, still trust in God.

    That I may declare all thy works - That I might make known thy doings toward the children of men. I have desired rightly to understand thee and thy government, that I might vindicate thy name, and assert thy claim to the love and confidenee of mankind. His doubts and perplexities had not really been because he was an enemy of God, or because he desired to cherish doubts in regard to him, but because, when appearances were against the equity of the divine government, he wished to see how the things which occurred could be explained consistently with a proper belief in the goodness and justice of God, in order that he might go and explain the matter to his fellow-men. Such perplexities and doubts, therefore, are not really inconsistent with true love for God and genuine confidence in him; and it is well when such doubts are made the means of enabling us more clearly to explain the divine dealings - it is well when, under all such doubts and difficulties, we can still find evidence that we truly love God.