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Psalms 20:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now know I that Jehovah saveth his anointed; He will answer him from his holy heaven With the saving strength of his right hand.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Now I know that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Now know I that Jehovah saveth his anointed; he answereth him from the heavens of his holiness, with the saving strength of his right hand.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now, do I know that Yahweh, hath saved, his Anointed One,—He answereth him out of his holy heavens, by the mighty saving deeds of his own right hand.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Now I have known That Jehovah hath saved His anointed, He answereth him from His holy heavens, With the saving might of His right hand.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The Lord fulfil all thy petitions: now have I known that the Lord hath saved his anointed. He will hear him from his holy heaven: the salvation of his right hand is in powers.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Now know I, that the LORD saueth his Anointed: he wil heare him from his holy heauen, with the sauing strength of his right hand.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Now I know that the Lord has saved his Anointed{gr.Christ}: he shall hear him from his holy heaven: the salvation of his right hand is mighty.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Now know I that Yahweh saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Now x6258
(6258) Complement
From H6256; at this time, whether adverbial, conjugational or expletive.
know 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
I that x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
saveth 3467
{3467} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor.
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
his anointed; 4899
{4899} Prime
From H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah.
he will hear 6030
{6030} Prime
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
him from his holy 6944
{6944} Prime
From H6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity.
heaven 8064
{8064} Prime
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
with the saving 3468
{3468} Prime
From H3467; liberty, deliverance, prosperity.
strength 1369
{1369} Prime
Feminine passive participle from the same as H1368; force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory.
of his right hand. 3225
{3225} Prime
From H3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 20:6

_ _ He speaks as if suddenly assured of a hearing.

_ _ his anointed — not only David personally, but as the specially appointed head of His Church.

_ _ his holy heaven — or, literally, “the heavens of His holiness,” where He resides (Psalms 2:6; Psalms 11:4).

_ _ saving ... hand — His power which brings salvation.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 20:6-9

_ _ Here is, I. Holy David himself triumphing in the interest he had in the prayers of good people (Psalms 20:6): “Now know I (I that pen the psalm know it) that the Lord saveth his anointed, because he hath stirred up the hearts of the seed of Jacob to pray for him.” Note, It bodes well to any prince and people, and may justly be taken as a happy presage, when God pours upon them a spirit of prayer. If he see us seeking him, he will be found of us; if he cause us to hope in his word, he will establish his word to us. Now that so many who have an interest in heaven are praying for him he doubts not but that God will hear him, and grant him an answer of peace, which will, 1. Take its rise from above: He will hear him from his holy heaven, of which the sanctuary was a type (Hebrews 9:23), from the throne he hath prepared in heaven, of which the mercy-seat was a type. 2. It shall take its effect here below: He will hear him with the saving strength of his right hand; he will give a real answer to his prayers, and the prayers of his friends for him, not by letter, nor by word of mouth, but, which is much better, by his right hand, by the saving strength of his right hand. He will make it to appear that he hears him by what he does for him.

_ _ II. His people triumphing in God and their relation to him, and his revelation of himself to them, by which they distinguish themselves from those that live without God in the world. 1. See the difference between worldly people and godly people, in their confidences, Psalms 20:7. The children of this world trust in second causes, and think all is well if those do but smile upon them; they trust in chariots and in horses, and the more of them they can bring into the field the more sure they are of success in their wars; probably David has here an eye to the Syrians, whose forces consisted much of chariots and horsemen, as we find in the history of David's victories over them, 2 Samuel 8:4; 2 Samuel 10:18. “But,” say the Israelites, “we neither have chariots and horses to trust to nor do we want them, nor, if we had them, would we build our hopes of success upon that; but we will remember, and rely upon, the name of the Lord our God, upon the relation we stand in to him as the Lord our God and the knowledge we have of him by his name,” that is, all that whereby he makes himself known; this we will remember and upon every remembrance of it will be encouraged. Note, those who make God and his name their praise may make God and his name their trust. 2. See the difference in the issue of their confidences and by that we are to judge of the wisdom of the choice; things are as they prove; see who will be ashamed of their confidence and who not, Psalms 20:8. “Those that trusted in their chariots and horses are brought down and fallen, and their chariots and horses were so far from saving them that they helped to sink them, and made them the easier and the richer prey to the conqueror, 2 Samuel 8:4. But we that trust in the name of the Lord our God not only stand upright, and keep our ground, but have risen, and have got ground against the enemy, and have triumphed over them.” Note, A believing obedient trust in God and his name is the surest way both to preferment and to establishment, to rise and to stand upright, and this will stand us in stead when creature-confidences fail those that depend upon them.

_ _ III. They conclude their prayer for the king with a Hosanna,Save, now, we beseech thee, O Lord!” Psalms 20:9. As we read this verse, it may be taken as a prayer that God would not only bless the king, “Save, Lord, give him success,” but that he would make him a blessing to them, “Let the king hear us when we call to him for justice and mercy.” Those that would have good of their magistrates must thus pray for them, for they, as all other creatures, are that to us (and no more) which God makes them to be. Or it may refer to the Messiah, that King, that King of kings; let him hear us when we call; let him come to us according to the promise, in the time appointed; let him, as the great Master of requests, receive all our petitions and present them to the Father. But many interpreters give another reading of this verse, by altering the pause, Lord, save the king, and hear us when we call; and so it is a summary of the whole psalm and is taken into our English Liturgy; O Lord! save the king, and mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

_ _ In singing these verses we should encourage ourselves to trust in God, and stir up ourselves to pray earnestly, as we are in duty bound, for those in authority over us, that under them we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 20:6

Now — We are already sure of victory by the consideration of God's power and faithfulness and love to David, and to his people. They speak as one person, because they were unanimous in this prayer. Saveth — Will certainly save. Strength — This shews how God will hear him, even by saving him with a strong hand.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 20:6

Now (e) know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his (f) holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

(e) The Church feels that God had heard their petition.

(f) As by the visible sanctuary God's familiarity appeared toward his people, so by the heavenly is meant his power and majesty.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],
Psalms 18:50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
Psalms 28:8 The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.
Psalms 89:20-23 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: ... And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

he will:

1 Kings 8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
1 Kings 8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as [do] thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

his holy heaven:
Heb. the heaven of his holiness,
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where [is] thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

etc. Heb. by the strength of the salvation of his right hand,
Psalms 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust [in thee] from those that rise up [against them].
Psalms 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
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1K 8:30, 43. Ps 2:2; 17:7; 18:35, 50; 28:8; 89:20. Is 57:15; 63:15. Mt 6:9. Ac 2:33, 36; 4:10; 5:31.

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