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Psalms 61:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [[For the Chief Musician; on a stringed instrument. [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear my cry, O God; Attend unto my prayer.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [[To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [[For the choir director; on a stringed instrument. [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [[To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [[To the chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear, O God, my cry; attend unto my prayer.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[To the Chief Musician. Upon a Stringed Instrument. David's.]] Hear, O God, my loud cry, Attend unto my prayer:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To the Overseer, on stringed instruments.—By David. Hear, O God, my loud cry, attend to my prayer.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Unto the end, in hymns, for David. Hear, O God, my supplication: be attentive to my prayer.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[To the chiefe Musician vpon Neginah. A [Psalme] of Dauid.]] Heare my cry, O God, attend vnto my prayer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[For the end, among the Hymns of David.]] O God, hearken to my petition; attend to my prayer.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [[To the chief Musician upon Neginath, [A Psalm] of Dawid.]] Hear my cry, O Elohim; attend unto my prayer.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[[To the chief Musician 5329
{5329} Prime
A primitive root; properly to glitter from afar, that is, to be eminent (as a superintendent, especially of the Temple services and its music); also (as denominative from H5331), to be permanent.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
Nqna נְגִינַת, 5058
{5058} Prime
From H5059; properly instrumental music; by implication a stringed instrument; by extension a poem set to music; specifically an epigram.
[A Psalm] of Dwi דָּוִד.]] 1732
{1732} Prime
From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse.
Hear 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
my cry, 7440
{7440} Prime
From H7442; properly a creaking (or shrill sound), that is, shout (of joy or grief).
O 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.
attend y7181
[7181] Standard
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
unto x7181
(7181) Complement
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
my prayer. 8605
{8605} Prime
From H6419; intercession, supplication; by implication a hymn.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 61:1-3

_ _ Psalms 61:1-8. Neginah — or, Neginoth (see on Psalms 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom’s rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard.

_ _ From the end — that is, places remote from the sanctuary (Deuteronomy 28:64).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 61:1-4

_ _ In these verses we may observe,

_ _ I. David's close adherence and application to God by prayer in the day of his distress and trouble: “Whatever comes, I will cry unto thee (Psalms 61:2), — not cry unto other gods, but to thee only, — not fall out with thee because thou afflictest me, but still look unto thee, and wait upon thee, — not speak to thee in a cold and careless manner, but cry to thee with the greatest importunity and fervency of spirit, as one that will not let thee go except thou bless me.” This he will do, 1. Notwithstanding his distance from the sanctuary, the house of prayer, where he used to attend as in the court of requests: “From the end of the earth, or of the land, from the most remote and obscure corner of the country, will I cry unto thee.” Note, Wherever we are we may have liberty of access to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. Undique ad coelos tantundem est viaeHeaven is equally accessible from all places. “Nay, because I am here in the end of the earth, in sorrow and solitude, therefore I will cry unto thee.” Note, That which separates us from our other comforts should drive us so much the nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. 2. Notwithstanding the dejection and despondency of his spirit: “Though my heart is overwhelmed, it is not so sunk, so burdened, but that it may be lifted up to God in prayer; if it is not capable of being thus raised, it is certainly too much cast down. Nay, because my heart is ready to be overwhelmed, therefore I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relived.” Note, Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. Is any afflicted? Let him pray, James 5:13; Ps. 102, title.

_ _ II. The particular petition he put up to God when his heart was overwhelmed and he was ready to sink: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; that is, 1. “To the rock which is too high for me to get up to unless thou help me to it. Lord, give me such an assurance and satisfaction of my own safety as I can never attain to but by thy special grace working such a faith in me.” 2. “To the rock on the top of which I shall be set further out of the reach of my troubles, and nearer the serene and quiet region, than I can be by any power or wisdom of my own.” God's power and promise are a rock that is higher than we. This rock is Christ; those are safe that are in him. We cannot get upon this rock unless God by his power lead us. I will put thee in the cleft of the rock, Exodus 33:22. We should therefore by faith and prayer put ourselves under the divine management, that we may be taken under the divine protection.

_ _ III. His desire and expectation of an answer of peace. He begs in faith (Psalms 61:1): “Hear my cry, O God! attend unto my prayer; that is, let me have the present comfort of knowing that I am heard (Psalms 20:6), and in due time let me have that which I pray for.”

_ _ IV. The ground of this expectation, and the plea he uses to enforce his petition (Psalms 61:3): “Thou hast been a shelter for me; I have found in thee a rock higher than I: therefore I trust thou wilt still lead me to that rock.” Note, Past experiences of the benefit of trusting in God, as they should engage us still to keep close to him, so they should encourage us to hope that it will not be in vain. “Thou hast been my strong tower from the enemy, and thou art as strong a ever, and thy name is as much a refuge to the righteous as ever it was.” Proverbs 18:10.

_ _ V. His resolution to continue in the way of duty to God and dependence on him, Psalms 61:4. 1. The service of God shall be his constant work and business. All those must make it so who expect to find God their shelter and strong tower: none but his menial servants have the benefit of his protection. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever. David was now banished from the tabernacle, which was his greatest grievance, but he is assured that God by his providence would bring him back to his tabernacle, because he had by his grace wrought in him such a kindness for the tabernacle as that he was resolved to make it his perpetual residence, Psalms 27:4. He speaks of abiding in it for ever because that tabernacle was a type and figure of heaven, Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:9, Hebrews 9:24. Those that dwell in God's tabernacle, as it is a house of duty, during their short ever on earth, shall dwell in that tabernacle which is the house of glory during an endless ever. 2. The grace of God and the covenant of grace shall be his constant comfort: I will make my refuge in the covert of his wings, as the chickens seek both warmth and safety under the wings of the hen. Those that have found God a shelter to them ought still to have recourse to him in all their straits. This advantage those have that abide in God's tabernacle, that in the time of trouble he shall there hide them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 5:1-3 [[To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.]] Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. ... My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.
Psalms 17:1 [[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.
Psalms 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
Psalms 55:1-2 [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.]] Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. ... Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
Psalms 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
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