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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

  • OPEYEMI
    for me is a prayer of protection considering my location N/EAST Nigeria
  • Chris
    When I was young I prayed this prayer and I would always feel encouraged. Over the years I fell away from God, but now having come back, I am thrilled to say this scripture still gives me encouragement. I'm finding, God's Word, which I use to think just made people feel better, speaks directly to me beyond what I thought possible and gives me peace and hope in situations where nothing else does
  • Oassie
    I think it is a Prayer of Encouragement. I think one of its many purpose(s) is Scripture to Guard the Mind against satanic attacks when they arise!
  • Edna
    I love psalm 91,it's been a healing chapter for me.God took me to that when I was going through many trials of sicknesses including with my heart and lupus.Today I am healed,blessed,and serving the Almighty,so greatful every day for life and with Him.
  • Bessie Green
    God personally gave me psalms 91 because he knew i needed delivering to save me from my wicked ways. And because of my love for him he does what he says. I thank God for my angels, for they have truly delivered me from time to time in a divine way. I know without doubt that god does assign angels he did it for me and others he will do it for you. Only believe all things are possible to those who b
  • Marie
    I love Psalm 91,I have been reading it for years, I feel better each time I recite it to myself. When ever satan tries to make me fill afraid, this is the one scripture that helps me to be strengthened.
  • QUEEN
    God will do just what he said he will do in time of trouble, God whiles me and kept me from getting shot after getting stuck up, yes I love psalms 91 and the whole bible
  • Black Hebrew prophetess tribe of judah
    Yes the 91st psalm is great! So is the whole bible. We are empowered when we read it. You want to eat(read)it everyday. Fill your soul up everyday! God bless you.

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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