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New International Version (1984 Edition)

Psalms 36:7

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Anthropomorphisms;   Faith;   God;   Thompson Chain Reference - Wings, God's;   The Topic Concordance - Light;   Living Waters;   Love;   Satisfaction;   Trust;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Loving-Kindness of God, the;   Trust;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Fountains;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Temple;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Knowledge of God (1);   Love of God;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ruth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Shadow;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - English Versions;   Greek Versions of Ot;   Guilt;   Proselyte;   Psalms;   Sin;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Justification (2);   Winter ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Wings;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Psalms the book of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Fountain;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Psalms, Book of;   Shade;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Azulai, Azulay;   Prayer;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for November 29;   Every Day Light - Devotion for February 26;  

Parallel Translations

Amplified Bible
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
World English Bible
How precious is your lovingkindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
New Century Version
God, your love is so precious! You protect people in the shadow of your wings.
New English Translation
How precious is your loyal love, O God! The human race finds shelter under your wings.
New International Version
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
New King James Version
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
New Living Translation
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
New Revised Standard
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
J.B. Rotherham Emphasized Bible
How precious thy lovingkindness, O God, - Therefore, the sons of men, under the shadow of thy wings, seek refuge:
Douay-Rheims Bible
(35-8) O how hast thou multiplied thy mercy, O God! But the children of men shall put their trust under the covert of thy wings.
Revised Standard Version
How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.
Update Bible Version
How precious is your loving-kindness, O God! And the sons of man take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
Christian Standard Bible®
God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Contemporary English Version
Your love is a treasure, and everyone finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
Complete Jewish Bible
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God, your judgments are like the great deep. You save man and beast, Adonai .
Amplified Bible
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
American Standard Version
How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.
Bible in Basic English
How good is your loving mercy, O God! the children of men take cover under the shade of your wings.
Brenton's Septuagint (LXX)
How hast thou multiplied thy mercy, O God! so the children of men shall trust in the shelter of thy wings.
English Revised Version
How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! and the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.
The Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible
How precious is Your loving devotion, O God, that the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Good News Translation
How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings.
New Life Bible
Of what great worth is Your loving-kindness, O God! The children of men come and are safe in the shadow of Your wings.
Easy-to-Read Version
Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you.
English Standard Version
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
THE MESSAGE
How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings, To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water. You're a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.
Geneva Bible (1587)
How excellent is thy mercy, O God! therefore the children of men trust vnder the shadowe of thy wings.
George Lamsa Translation
How abundant is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.
Hebrew Names Version
How precious is your lovingkindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
JPS Old Testament (1917)
Thy righteousness is like the mighty mountains; Thy judgments are like the great deep; man and beast Thou preservest, O LORD.
King James Version (1611)
How excellent is thy louing kindnesse, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust vnder the shadowe of thy wings.
Literal Translation
How precious is Your mercy, O God! And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
Thou LORDE preseruest both me & beestes. How precious is thy mercy (O God) that the children of men maye put their trust vnder ye shadowe of thy wynges?
New American Standard Version
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
King James Version
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Bishop's Bible (1568)
How excellent is thy mercy O Lord: therefore the chyldren of men shall put their trust vnder the shadowe of thy winges.
Darby Translation
How precious is thy loving-kindness, O God! So the sons of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.
Lexham English Bible
How precious is your loyal love, O God, and the children of humankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Webster's Bible Translation
How excellent [is] thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Wycliffe Bible (1395)
as thou, God, hast multiplied thi merci. But the sones of men; schulen hope in the hilyng of thi wyngis.
Young's Literal Translation
How precious [is] Thy kindness, O God, And the sons of men In the shadow of Thy wings do trust.

How precious [is] Your kindness, O God, || And the sons of men trust || In the shadow of Your wings.

Contextual Overview

7How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Bible Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
How 31:19; 86:5,15; 145:7,8; Exodus 34:6; John 3:16; 1 John 3:1; 4:9,10
excellent
Heb. precious.
139:17; 1 Peter 2:6,7; 2 Peter 1:4
put their
17:8; 57:1; 63:7; 91:4; Ruth 2:12; Luke 13:34
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 33:27 - refuge;  2 Samuel 7:19 - And is this;  Psalm 13:5 - But;  Psalm 23:6 - goodness;  Psalm 30:5 - in his;  Psalm 34:8 - Lord;  Psalm 63:5 - my soul;  Psalm 69:16 - for thy;  Psalm 90:14 - satisfy;  Psalm 91:1 - under;  Psalm 109:21 - thy mercy;  Psalm 145:9 - good;  Psalm 145:19 - fulfil;  Song of Solomon 1:2 - thy love;  Isaiah 18:1 - shadowing;  Zechariah 9:17 - how great is his goodness;  Matthew 23:37 - even;  Mark 10:18 - that is;  Hebrews 2:13 - I will;  1 John 4:16 - we

Cross-References

Genesis 13:6
But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.
Genesis 13:11
So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:
Genesis 17:8
The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."
Genesis 28:4
May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham."
Hebrews 11:9
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God,.... Which has appeared to men and not angels, to some and not others; to the chief of sinners, who are by nature children of wrath as others; in choosing, redeeming, and calling them, taking them into his family, and making them heirs of eternal glory; and all this of his sovereign good will and pleasure, there being nothing in them that could move him to it; which lovingkindness was in his heart from everlasting, and will never change in him, nor depart from them; and hence it must be most excellent and precious:

therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings; not all men; for all have not faith, only some, to whom it is given to believe, and who know the Lord and his lovingkindness; by which they are induced and encouraged to trust in him, to betake themselves to him for mercy and protection, which they find in him: the allusion is either to the hen that gathers her chickens under her wings, and protects them in time of danger, and so it expresses both the paternal affection of God to his people, and the protection of them; or else to the wings of the cherubim over the mercy seat, between which the Lord sat and communed with his people, and showed mercy and favour to them, which encouraged them to trust in him.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

How excellent - Margin, as in Hebrew: “precious.” The word used here is one that would be applicable to precious stones 1 Kings 10:2, 1 Kings 10:10-11; or to the more costly kind of stones employed in building, as marble 2 Chronicles 3:6; and then, anything that is “costly” or “valuable.” The meaning is, that the loving-kindness of God is to be estimated only by the value set on the most rare and costly objects.

Is “thy loving-kindness - Thy mercy. The same word is used here which occurs in Psalm 36:5, and which is there rendered “mercy.” It is not a new attribute of God which is here celebrated or brought into view, but the same characteristic which is referred to in Psalm 36:5. The repetition of the word indicates the state of mind of the writer of the psalm, and shows that he delights to dwell on this; he naturally turns to this; his meditations begin and end with this. While he is deeply impressed by the “faithfulness,” the “righteousness,” and the “judgment” of God, still it is His “mercy” or His “loving-kindness” that is the beginning and the ending of his thoughts; to this the soul turns with ever new delight and wonder when reflecting on the character and the doings of God. Here our hope begins; and to this attribute of the Almighty, when we have learned all else that we can learn about God, the soul turns with ever new delight.

Therefore - In view of that mercy; or because God is a merciful God. It is not in his “justice” that we can take refuge, for we are sinners, but the foundation of all our hope is his mercy. A holy creature could fly to a holy Creator for refuge and defense; he who has given himself to Him, and who has been pardoned, can appeal to his “faithfulness;” but the refuge of a sinner, as such, is only his “mercy;” and it is only to that mercy that he can flee.

The children of men - literally, “the sons of man;” that is, the human race, considered as descended from their great ancestor, or as one family. The meaning is not that all the children of men actually do thus put their trust in the mercy of God - for that is not true; but:

(a) all may do it as the children of men, or as men; and

(b) all who do “put their trust under the shadow of his wings” confide in His mercy alone, as the ground of their hope.

Under the shadow of thy wings - As little, helpless birds seek protection under the wings of the mother-bird. See the notes at Matthew 23:37; compare Deuteronomy 32:11-12.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

How excellent is thy loving-kindness - He asks the question in the way of admiration; but expects no answer from angels or men. It is indescribably excellent, abundant, and free; and, "therefore, the children of Adam put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." They trust in thy good providence for the supply of their bodies; they trust in thy mercy for the salvation of their souls. These, speaking after the figure, are the two wings of the Divine goodness, under which the children of men take refuge. The allusion may be to the wings of the cherubim, above the mercy-seat.