Psalm 18:48 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 18:48, NIV: who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.

Psalm 18:48, ESV: who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.

Psalm 18:48, KJV: He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

Psalm 18:48, NASB: He rescues me from my enemies; You indeed lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from a violent man.

Psalm 18:48, NLT: and rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents.

Psalm 18:48, CSB: He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; you rescue me from violent men.

What does Psalm 18:48 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Because the Lord delivered David from his enemies, it was apparent that David's prominence exceeded that of his enemies. The Lord had made him great. Saul was an example of the violent men who hunted David, and he tried several times to kill David. Yet those efforts failed, because the Lord kept David safe (1 Samuel 18:6–11; 19:8–11).

When Jesus, the Son of David, lived on earth, there were several unsuccessful attempts to kill Him. Herod tried to kill Jesus when Jesus was an infant (Matthew 2:16). Angry Jews tried to kill Him because they thought He had committed blasphemy. They picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus eluded them (John 8:48–59). The Pharisees conspired unsuccessfully to kill Him (Matthew 12:14–15). Only when Jesus surrendered His life voluntarily on the cross, did He experience death (Luke 23:46). However, three days later God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 4:24–25).