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

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Commentary for Psalms 91

The safety of those who have God for their refuge. (1-8) Their favour with Him. (9-16)

1-8 He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father's will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God's people shall see, not only God's promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer's name; and encourage others to trust in him also.

9-16 Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though trouble and affliction befal, it shall come, not for his hurt, but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is, that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble, and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth, so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even with long life. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 91

  • Dawn
    It's Truth! Love His promises. We can rest on them. Pilgrims passing through.
  • Donna Houston
    Thos is my strength verse, for it has strengthened me so many times in my darkest hours.
  • Kat
    Psalm 91 to me is a Psalm of just how Piowerful God is. His Agape love for those who belong to him. Never does he waver from his promises. His wings cover, shield, protect and give us strength that we may never have known we had. He is the definition of a loving Father. He is gentle as a lamb and yet fierce as a lion against anyone who hurts his children. He wipes away our tears for he is Love.
  • Shirley
    Love the Lord with all my heart and Psalm 91 is my go to verse every night i always pray and use my name and families name in the verses i know GOD is our protector and watches over us! He loves us so much he has his angels to watch over us less we hurt our foot on a rock! I love the Lord!
  • Jean
    Psalm 91 is a canopy of protection. I read it everyday.
  • Valarie
    Love this psalm. I know the majority of it by heart It is truly a powerful Pslam of protection. Gods word is food to my body-soul, he is truly love
    No matter what others may try to do to me, I know he always have my back!!
    The Bible is an awesome book, I am learning a lot as I study it.... stay in faith and believe!
  • Kathy
    We claim this psalm right now regarding the caravan heading toward the United States. We ask that these warrior angels do battle for us , and turn these people around. We thank you Jesus for the protection of your precious blood, and we bless those meaning us harm, and pray their destiny in God will be fulfilled .
  • Anita owusu
    God will protect us from the wicked ones Amen

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Bible Trivia

In the New Testament, which figure quoted several Psalm 91 verses, beginning with 'For he shall give his angels charge over thee'?
  • Jesus
  • Mary
  • Peter
  • Satan
  • Paul