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Psalms 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. Selah.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Many [there are] who say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. Selah.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Many say of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Selah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Multitudes, are saying of my soul,—No salvation for him in God. [Selah.]
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God.' Selah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Many say to my soul: There is no salvation for him in his God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Many [there bee which] say of my soule, [There is] no helpe for him in God. Selah.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Many say concerning my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. Pause.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in Elohim. Selah.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Many 7227
{7227} Prime
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
[there be] which say 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
of my soul, 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
[There is] no x369
(0369) Complement
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
help 3444
{3444} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity.
for him in lhm אֱלֹהִים. 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
Sel סֶלָה. 5542
{5542} Prime
From H5541; suspension (of music), that is, pause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 3:2

_ _ say of my soul — that is, “of me” (compare Psalms 25:3). This use of “soul” is common; perhaps it arose from regarding the soul as man’s chief part.

_ _ no help ... in God — rejected by Him. This is the bitterest reproach for a pious man, and denotes a spirit of malignant triumph.

_ _ Selah — This word is of very obscure meaning. It probably denotes rest or pause, both as to the music and singing, intimating something emphatic in the sentiment (compare Psalms 9:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 3:1-3.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 3:2

My soul — Of me: the soul being commonly put for the person. In God — God hath utterly forsaken him. Selah — This word is no where used but in this poetical book, and in the song of Habakkuk. Probably it was a musical note, directing the singer either to lift up his voice, to make a pause, or to lengthen the tune. But withal, it is generally placed at some remarkable passage; which gives occasion to think that it served also to quicken the attention of the singer and hearer.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 3:2

Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. (b) Selah.

(b) Selah here signifies a lifting up of the voice, to cause us to consider the sentence as a thing of great importance.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying],
Psalms 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God?
Psalms 42:10 [As] with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where [is] thy God?
Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for [there is] none to deliver [him].
2 Samuel 16:7-8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: ... The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou [art taken] in thy mischief, because thou [art] a bloody man.
Matthew 27:42-43 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. ... He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.


Psalms 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalms 3:8 Salvation [belongeth] unto the LORD: thy blessing [is] upon thy people. Selah.
Psalms 4:2 O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah.
Psalms 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Habakkuk 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
Habakkuk 3:9 Thy bow was made quite naked, [according] to the oaths of the tribes, [even thy] word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, [even] for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
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