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Psalms 62:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [[For the Chief Musician; after the manner of Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.]] My soul waiteth in silence for God only: From him [cometh] my salvation.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [[To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him [cometh] my salvation.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [[For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.]] My soul [waits] in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [[To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him [cometh] my salvation.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [[To the chief Musician. On Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.]] Upon God alone doth my soul rest peacefully; from him is my salvation.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— [[To the Chief Musician. On Jeduthun—A Melody of David.]] Surely, towards God, silence [becometh] my soul, From him, is my salvation:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To the Overseer, for Jeduthun.—A Psalm of David. Only—toward God [is] my soul silent, From Him [is] my salvation.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of David. Shall not my soul be subject to God? for from him is my salvation.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [[To the chiefe musician, to Ieduthun, A Psalme of Dauid.]] Truely my soule waiteth vpon God: from him [commeth] my saluation.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[For the end, a Psalm of David for Jeduthun{gr.Idithun}.]] Shall not my soul be subjected to God? for of him is my salvation.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [[To the chief Musician, to Yeduthun, A Psalm of Dawid.]] Truly my soul waiteth upon Elohim: from him [cometh] my salvation.

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
to 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.
Yn יְדוּתוּן, 3038
{3038} Prime
Probably from H3034; laudatory; Jeduthun, an Israelite.
A Psalm 4210
{4210} Prime
From H2167; properly instrumental music; by implication a poem set to notes.
of Dwi דָּוִד.]] 1732
{1732} Prime
From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse.
Truly x389
(0389) Complement
Akin to H0403; a particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only.
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).
waiteth 1747
{1747} Prime
From H1820; stillness; adverbially silently; abstractly quiet, trust.
upon x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
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.
from x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
him [cometh] my salvation. 3444
{3444} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 62:1

_ _ Psalms 62:1-12. To Jeduthun — (See on Psalms 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

_ _ waiteth — literally, “is silent,” trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 62:1-7

_ _ In these verses we have,

_ _ I. David's profession of dependence upon God, and upon him only, for all good (Psalms 62:1): Truly my soul waiteth upon God. Nevertheless (so some) or “However it be, whatever difficulties or dangers I may meet with, though God frown upon me and I meet with discouragements in my attendance on him, yet still my soul waits upon God” (or is silent to God, as the word is), “Says nothing against what he does, but quietly expects what he will do.” We are in the way both of duty and comfort when our souls wait upon God, when we cheerfully refer ourselves, and the disposal of all our affairs, to his will and wisdom, when we acquiesce in and accommodate ourselves to all the dispensations of his providence, and patiently expect a doubtful event, with an entire satisfaction in his righteousness and goodness, however it be. Is not my soul subject go God? So the Septuagint. So it, certainly so it ought to be; our wills must be melted into his will. My soul has respect to God, for from him cometh my salvation. He doubts not but his salvation will come, though now he was threatened and in danger, and he expects it to come from God, and from him only; for in vain is it hoped for from hills and mountains, Jeremiah 3:23; Psalms 121:1, Psalms 121:2. “From him I know it will come, and therefore on him will I patiently wait till it does come, for his time is the best time.” We may apply it to our eternal salvation, which is called the salvation of God (Psalms 50:23); from him it comes; he prepared it for us, he prepares us for it, and preserves us to it, and therefore let our souls wait on him, to be conducted through this world to that eternal salvation, in such way as he thinks fit.

_ _ II. The ground and reason of this dependence (Psalms 62:2): He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence. 1. “He has been so many a time; in him I have found shelter, and strength, and succour. He has by his grace supported me and borne me up under my troubles, and by his providence defended me from the insults of my enemies and delivered me out of the troubles into which I was plunged; and therefore I trust he will deliver me,2 Corinthians 1:10. 2. “He only can be my rock and my salvation. Creatures are insufficient; they are nothing without him, and therefore I will look above them to him.” 3. “He has by covenant undertaken to be so. Even he that is the rock of ages is my rock; he that is the God of salvation is my salvation; he that is the Most High is my high place; and therefore I have all the reason in the world to confide in him.”

_ _ III. The improvement he makes of his confidence in God.

_ _ 1. Trusting in God, his heart is fixed. “If God is my strength and mighty delivered, I shall not be greatly moved (that is, I shall not be undone and ruined); I may be shocked, but I shall not be sunk.” Or, “I shall not be much disturbed and disquieted in my own breast. I may be put into some fright, but I shall not be afraid with any amazement, nor so as to be put out of the possession of my own soul. I may be perplexed, but not in despair,” 2 Corinthians 4:8. This hope in God will be an anchor of the soul, sure and stedfast.

_ _ 2. His enemies are slighted, and all their attempts against him looked upon by him with contempt, Psalms 62:3, Psalms 62:4. If God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us, though ever so mighty and malicious. He here, (1.) Gives a character of his enemies: They imagine mischief, design it with a great deal of the serpent's venom and contrive it with a great deal of the serpent's subtlety, and this against a man, one of their own kind, against one single man, that is not an equal match for them, for they are many; they continued their malicious persecution though Providence had often defeated their mischievous designs. “How long will you do it? Will you never be convinced of your error? Will your malice never have spent itself?” They are unanimous in their consultations to cast an excellent man down from his excellency, to draw an honest man from his integrity, to entangle him in sin, which is the only thing that can effectually cast us down from our excellency, to thrust a man, whom God has exalted, down from his dignity, and so to fight against God. Envy was at the bottom of their malice; they were grieved at David's advancement, and therefore plotted, by diminishing his character and blackening that (which was casting him down from his excellency) to hinder his preferment. In order to this they calumniate him, and love to hear such bad characters given of him and such bad reports raised and spread concerning him as they themselves know to be false: They delight in lies. And as they make no conscience of lying concerning him, to do him a mischief, so they make no conscience of lying to him, to conceal the mischief they design, and accomplish it the more effectually: They bless with their mouth (they compliment David to his face), but they curse inwardly; in their hearts they wish him all mischief, and privately they are plotting against him and in their cabals carrying on some evil design or other, by which they hope to ruin him. It is dangerous putting our trust in men who are thus false; but God is faithful. (2.) He reads their doom, pronounces a sentence of death upon them, not as a king, but as a prophet: You shall be slain all of you, by the righteous judgments of God. Saul and his servants were slain by the Philistines on Mount Gilboa, according to this prediction. Those who seek the ruin of God's chosen are but preparing ruin for themselves. God's church is built upon a rock which will stand, but those that fight against it, and its patrons and protectors, shall be as a bowing wall and a tottering fence, which, having a rotten foundation, sinks with its own weight, falls of a sudden, and buries those in the ruins of it that put themselves under the shadow and shelter of it. David, having put his confidence in God, thus foresees the overthrow of his enemies, and, in effect, sets them at defiance and bids them do their worst.

_ _ 3. He is himself encouraged to continue waiting upon God (Psalms 62:5-7): My soul, wait thou only upon God. Note, The good we do we should stir up ourselves to continue doing, and to do yet more and more, as those that have, through grace, experienced the comfort and benefit of it. We have found it good to wait upon God, and therefore should charge our souls, and even charm them, into such a constant dependence upon him as may make us always easy. He had said (Psalms 62:1), From him cometh my salvation; he says (Psalms 62:5), My expectation is from him. His salvation was the principal matter of his expectation; let him have that from God, and he expects no more. His salvation being from God, all his other expectations are from him. “If God will save my soul, as to every thing else let him do what he pleases with me, and I will acquiesce in his disposals, knowing they shall all turn to my salvation,Philippians 1:19. He repeats (Psalms 62:6) what he had said concerning God (Psalms 62:2), as one that was not only assured of it, but greatly pleased with it, and that dwelt much upon it in his thoughts: He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence, I know he is; but there he adds, I shall not be greatly moved, here, I shall not be moved at all. Note, The more faith is acted the more active it is. Crescit eundoIt grows by being exercised. The more we meditate upon God's attributes and promises, and our own experience, the more ground we get of our fears, which, like Haman, when they begin to fall, shall fall before us, and we shall be kept in perfect peace, Isaiah 26:3. And, as David's faith in God advances to an unshaken stayedness, so his joy in God improves itself into a holy triumph (Psalms 62:7): In God is my salvation and my glory. Where our salvation is there our glory is; for what is our salvation but the glory to be revealed, the eternal weight of glory? And there our glorying must be. In God let us boast all the day long. “The rock of my strength (that is, my strong rock, on which I build my hopes and stay myself) and my refuge, to which I flee for shelter when I am pursued, is in God, and in him only. I have no other to flee to, no other to trust to; the more I think of it the better satisfied I am in the choice I have made.” Thus does he delight himself in the Lord, and then ride upon the high places of the earth, Isaiah 58:14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 62:1

"To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David." Truly (a) my soul waiteth upon God: from him [cometh] my salvation.

(a) Though Satan tempted him to murmur against God, yet he bridled his affections, and resting on God's promise.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
or, Only,
Psalms 62:2 He only [is] my rock and my salvation; [he is] my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalms 62:5-6 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him. ... He only [is] my rock and my salvation: [he is] my defence; I shall not be moved.

my soul:

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalms 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he [is] our help and our shield.
Psalms 40:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalms 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Psalms 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. ... My soul [waiteth] for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: [I say, more than] they that watch for the morning.
Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD [is] a God of judgment: blessed [are] all they that wait for him.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him.
Lamentations 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Heb. is silent,
Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalms 65:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm [and] Song of David.]] Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.


Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.
Psalms 68:19-20 Blessed [be] the Lord, [who] daily loadeth us [with benefits, even] the God of our salvation. Selah. ... [He that is] our God [is] the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord [belong] the issues from death.
Psalms 121:2 My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.
Jeremiah 3:23 Truly in vain [is salvation hoped for] from the hills, [and from] the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God [is] the salvation of Israel.
Luke 2:30-32 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, ... A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
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