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Psalms 91:1

    Psalms 91:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Happy is he whose resting-place is in the secret of the Lord, and under the shade of the wings of the Most High;

    Webster's Revision

    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    World English Bible

    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 91:1

    He that dwelleth in the secret place - The Targum intimates that this is a dialogue between David, Solomon, and Jehovah. Suppose we admit this, - then

    David asserts: "He who dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty," Psalm 91:1.

    Solomon answers: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him will I trust," Psalm 91:2.

    David replies, and tells him what blessings he shall receive from God if he abide faithful, Psalm 91:3-13.

    Then the Supreme Being is introduced, and confirms all that David had spoken concerning Solomon, Psalm 91:14-16 : and thus this sacred and instructive dialogue ends.

    In the secret place of the Most High - Spoken probably in reference to the Holy of holies. He who enters legitimately there shall be covered with the cloud of God's glory - the protection of the all-sufflcient God. This was the privilege of the high priest only, under the law: but under the new covenant all believers in Christ have boldness to enter tnto the holiest by the blood of Jesus; and those who thus enter are safe from every evil.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 91:1

    He that dwelleth - Everyone that so dwells. The proposition is universal, and is designed to embrace all who are in this condition. It is true of one; it is true of all. The word rendered "dwelleth" here is a participle from the verb to "sit," and here means "sitting:" literally, "sitting in the secret place," etc. The idea is that of calm repose; of resting; of sitting down - as one does in his dwelling.

    In the secret place - On the meaning of this see the notes at Psalm 27:5. Compare Psalm 31:20; Psalm 32:7. Abiding where God abides. The idea is that of having one's home or residence in the most holy place in the tabernacle or the temple, and of sitting with him in that sacred place.

    Of the Most High - Of God, represented as exalted above all; over all the universe.

    Shall abide - Margin, as in Hebrew, "lodge." That is his home - his resting place - where he lodges, or passes the night. He takes up his lodging there; he makes it his home.

    Under the shadow of the Almighty - Under his protection, as if under his wings. Compare the notes at Psalm 17:8. This is a general statement, and is designed as an introduction to the whole psalm, or as expressing what the psalm is intended to illustrate, "the blessedness" of the man who thus dwells with God; who makes him his friend; who makes the home of God his home.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 91:1

    91:1 He - He that makes God his habitation and refuge.

    Verses Related to Psalms 91:1

    Psalms 22:24 - For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
    Psalms 18:2 - The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
    Psalms 138:7 - Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.