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Psalm 17:7

ESV Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
NIV Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
NASB Show Your wonderful faithfulness, Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them.
CSB Display the wonders of your faithful love, Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against your right hand.
NLT Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.
KJV 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.

What does Psalm 17:7 mean?

David appeals to the Lord to reveal His goodness to him. The Hebrew phrasing here most literally means "distinguish." It either means for God to miraculously demonstrate His favor of David, or for God to show His love through David. The word translated "steadfast love," or "lovingkindness," is the term he'sed, implying a loyal, devoted love and benefit. The word suggests an ongoing relationship, which corresponds to David's confidence that God both hears and answers prayer (Psalm 17:6).

This verse also addresses God as the Savior of those who seek safety from enemies. This echoes comments made elsewhere in the psalms (Psalm 16:1; 46:1; 62:7). The "right hand" is a reference to strength and power. Those who look for eternal safety and absolute goodness find it only in God (Psalm 16:2).

David was certain the God who provided a refuge for His people at the Red Sea could provide a refuge for him and for all who seek His protection. In a mighty display of His love for His people, the Hebrews, God caused the waters of the Red Sea to pile up, allowing the Hebrews to tread safely across the river. However, when the Egyptians attempted to pursue the Hebrews, God brought the waters together, causing the Egyptians to drown (Exodus 14). In his praise of God after the historic event, Moses called God "majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders" (Exodus 15:11). He spoke of God's stretched out right hand (Exodus 15:12) and His "steadfast love" (Exodus 15:13).
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