Psalm 18:43

ESV You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.
NIV You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,
NASB You have rescued me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.
CSB You have freed me from the feuds among the people; you have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.
NLT You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me.
KJV Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

What does Psalm 18:43 mean?

Ascribing praise to the Lord, David acknowledges that the Lord delivered him from political strife. Second Samuel 22:44—likely the initial version of this modified psalm—renders David's praise as, "You delivered me from strife with my people." The nation of Israel experienced incidents of civil war during David's life (2 Samuel 15:12–14). Yet God protected him and maintained his rule.

Further, the Lord brought Gentile nations into subjection to His anointed king, David. This verse has messianic overtones. Someday Jesus, David's most prominent descendant, will become Israel's king, and He will rule the nations from the throne of David. Isaiah 9:7 prophesies concerning Jesus: "Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this." Psalm 2:8 speaks about Jesus the Messiah's future rule over the nations. It says, "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession."
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