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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

  • Richard Dailey on Psalms 91:7
    Psalms 91 was George Washington's prayer during the Revolutionary War according to the true side of history. The raging battle for liberty was often grim for Gen. Washington driving him to his knees in prayer. God answered as Angel's were dispatched to surround Gen. Washington in battle. History tell us Brittish sharpshooter had him in his sights many times but could not hit him. You know the rest of the story, he led his men to final victory gaining freedom from Great Britain. George Washington was a farmer at heart, that is all he ever wanted to do, but almight God had plans for George Washington to father this Republic and set it on course then he took Washington early in life just after his second term of President of the United States of America. God bless America, long live the Republic, Glory to God.

  • Phyllis on Psalms 91:7
    What is age of accountability
  • Age of Accountability - in Reply on Psalms 91:7
    The need for genuine discipline doesn't usually arise until about midway through the child's second year. At this time, boys and girls become capable of understanding what you're telling them to do, and as a result they can very gently be held responsible for their behavior. A firm "no!" or a MILD slap on the hand can be effective in certain situations.

    On other occasions it may be far more helpful to mandate a brief "time out" (two or three minutes at the most) or take away a favorite toy for a short period of time. Through the next 18 months, you will gradually establish yourself as the benevolent boss if you can consistently mean what you say and say what you mean. A firm but loving approach is generally the best policy in every phase of the child-rearing process.

    There is some great verses on child rearing in the Book of Proverbs.

    I think parents are afraid of lawsuits if they correct a child. The Bible actually says: if you never correct your child: you hate him.

    One of the worst things for a kid is to use a TV to keep the child distracted or entertained.

    Youtube teaches things you do not want them to learn! If you want them to grow up and follow Jesus someday; don't expose them to worldly and selfish tv content. Video games teach nothing useful.

    I started reading short Psalms to my grandson at naptime and bedtime. He's 7 and became a Christian a year ago.

    If YOU don't teach it: they will not learn it.

    Go see how many parents are in the prayer request room asking prayer for adult drug addict children? Heartbreaking.

  • Raising Children - in Reply on Psalms 91:7
    I know you're right about this. My grandson goes to a Christian school. I don't know if he has a real concept of sin. His parents have never spanked him. He's a good boy though.

    With my son, I always told him why he was going to be corrected. "Whom the Lord loves, He chastens." I admitted I get chastened too. He's accomplished great things in his life. But one time he told me, that he wasn't sure how to talk to God. I told him it's like you and I are talking now. A conversation: you talk, then listen.

    Then terrible tragedies happened to 2 friends; I'm almost sure he blames God for that loss. He's had much loss happen to him. Like Job.

    We just have to do the best we can to the Glory of God. I always tell friends, ask for Gods help if your best is not enough. :)

    Have a nice afternoon in the Joy of our Lord and Savior.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Psalms 91:7
    Good morning. I have been blessed to hear over the years hundreds of children give their testimonies where they went from wanting to be a Christian to understanding that they were not saved and crying out to Jesus to be saved because they recognize sin in their life. Somewhere in between is a call to accountability. One account told by a minister today, was he and his brother (he was the oldest being 11-12) and sisters were upstairs in a house all having fun jumping on the bed. From below the mother let them know that she wanted them to stop. Instead the fun continued, another warning ot two by the mother and she began to come up the stairs. The future minister quickly jumped off the bed and sat in a nearby chair as the mother entered the room. All the children except the future minister were punished.

    Time went by until the Lord called this boy to account for this lie. He repented and found peace. Confessions were made to his parents and brothers and sisters and as a minister to folks like me.

    One concern that I do carry is trying to turn Children into believing Christians before God calls them. It is confusing to them and for them to be able to tell their testimony clearly later. The parents need to teach these children the truth by example and have them prepared to answer this call to accountability for sin when God judges the right time.

    Most calls to accountability for sin that I have witnessed have been between 12 and 16 years old. Some between 9 & 12 and few before. There is a difference between a child being fearful because they understand there is a hell and understanding that they are resisting God's call for sin in their own life.

  • Carleton on Psalms 91:7
    Isaiah 60:5, I love this verse.

    "Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged, because of the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."

    In my heart I see from the East the Faith of Abraham flowing towards the rising of Christ at his birth. I see the decedents of Judah flowing towards the birthplace, I see the proselytes of Israel flowing towards the birthplace, I see decedents of Abraham and Keturah carrying the gifts in another flowing to the Christ Child. Then from the West, Gentiles flowing towards the Christ Child. The Child being able to accept the flows of the peoples until the end of time as a sea.

    Just some evening thoughts....
  • Cody aldridge on Psalms 91:7
    Does man put his wife before his own mother?
  • CLEAVING - in Reply on Psalms 91:7
    It just works better this way. God means for the couple to draw close, unite in purpose and become ONE. It's about core; inner circle:

    Men may have to eat a few deadly meatloafs, but there will be peace in the home. :D. (AllrecipesDotCom)

    Mark 10:7

    For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

    Genesis 2:24

    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

    Matthew 19:5

    And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

    Joshua 23:8

    But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

    Deuteronomy 4:4

    But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God, are alive every one of you this day.

    (I used to think cleaving was horseshoes but with meat cleavers )
  • CHARLES CURRY on Psalms 91:7
    Where in the king james, does it refer to an individual as"soft"(concerning his intelligence?)
  • Searching the word SOFT - in Reply on Psalms 91:7
    Job 23:16

    For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

    Job 41:3

    Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

    Psalms 55:21

    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

    Psalms 65:10

    Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

    Proverbs 15:1

    A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    Proverbs 25:15

    By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

    Isaiah 38:15

    What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

    Matthew 11:8

    But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

    Luke 7:25

    But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.


    I didn't find any soft headed people. I'm not sure what that means biblically either.

    What version of Bible are you using?


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