Psalm 21:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 21:4, NIV: "He asked you for life, and you gave it to him-- length of days, for ever and ever."

Psalm 21:4, ESV: "He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever."

Psalm 21:4, KJV: "He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever."

Psalm 21:4, NASB: "He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever."

Psalm 21:4, NLT: "He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever."

Psalm 21:4, CSB: "He asked you for life, and you gave it to him--length of days forever and ever."

What does Psalm 21:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David aged and died like any other mortal man. He lived 70 years (2 Samuel 5:4), so how do we interpret the comment here that God gave him "length of days forever and ever?" In 2 Samuel 7 we read the covenant the Lord made with David. He said, "When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you…and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:12–13) God also promised David: "Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:16).

The Lord promised David an endless dynasty, and when Jesus, the Son of David, Israel's Messiah, returns to earth He will reign forever from the throne of David (Luke 1:30–33).