Psalm 20:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 20:6, NIV: "Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand."

Psalm 20:6, ESV: "Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand."

Psalm 20:6, KJV: "Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand."

Psalm 20:6, NASB: "Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand."

Psalm 20:6, NLT: "Now I know that the LORD rescues his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power."

Psalm 20:6, CSB: "Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories from his right hand."

What does Psalm 20:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David responded to the congregation's prayers for him (Psalm 20:1–5) by assuring the people that God delivers His anointed. As Israel's anointed king, David knew the Lord would answer him from heaven and reach down with His mighty right hand to deliver David from the enemy. God would send help from the sanctuary and Zion (Psalm 20:2), but He would also send help from heaven, His dwelling place.

In His covenant with David the Lord told David, "I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you" (2 Samuel 7:9). The Lord also guaranteed David that he would have rest from all his enemies (2 Samuel 7:11). As a man of faith, David took the Lord's words at face value. He was sure the Lord would grant him victory in the upcoming battle.

The Lord's right hand would protect and save David. The right hand, in ancient writing, is a symbol of strength and power. When Moses extolled the Lord for delivering the Israelites from Egypt's cavalry, he exclaimed, "Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy" (Exodus 15:6).