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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

  • Katherine Smith
    I love this Chapter in the Bible. It's truly amazing. God IS! I'm so Thankful that God knows my Heart and he Knows my Name! I thank him for his Mercy! Glory to God!
  • Patty Tozi
    I can only imagine what God will be. So in the Bible l do read. Opening my eyes He shows me-- what Heaven is meant to be. Number one l do see-- is Love from the heart for others to see. Walking in His Light so brightly. Bringing His Love is what l want Him to see. For He entrusted me to have His Holy Spirit inside me!!!
  • Dr. Charity Smith
    This beautiful Psalm breathes life into my soul. It saves me in the time of trouble. It comforts me in the loss of loved ones. It is God's word to me. It even heals me when I am sick. It is God's holy letter to us all!
  • L. James
    God loves us, and He keeps us from hurt, harm and danger, and all alarm. Turn to Psalm 91 to be wrapped in His loving arms of protection.
  • Alisa Williford
    Powerful words from the heart of God to protect HIS creation! These precious words are a shield and buckler to those who speak and believe in HIS word!
  • Alesia Walton
    Psalms 91 has gotten me through many trials and tribulations. I thank God for his word. I read this over and over. This is powerful and I share this and let others know about this. My nephew was given one percent chance of recovery from a severe brain injury. I read Psalms 91 to him in the hospital everytime I had a visit with him. Today he is alive and well. Many family members had breakthrough
  • Feardorcha o lionnachain
    His word is truth and never fails so marvelous to have such reassuring words from god in psalm 91 . u can bank ob it praise god and to him be all the glory. amen
  • Vonnie Klaras
    I know of a young man in jail who read Psalm 91 loudly every morning to bless his fellow inmates, as well as himself. If there is ever a group of forgotten and forlorn, it is those who are incarcerated. Please consider prison ministry.
  • Barbara Jackson
    God will always protect the ones who believe in him I Love God and he will be in my heart forever. Thank you God for watching over us.
  • Janet Angela Meyer
    Psalms 91 is a very powerful warfare prayer I try and pray it every night over my family and it strengthens us and gives us peace as we sleep and though out the day.

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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