Psalm 27:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 27:10, NIV: "Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me."

Psalm 27:10, ESV: "For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in."

Psalm 27:10, KJV: "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up."

Psalm 27:10, NASB: "For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up."

Psalm 27:10, NLT: "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close."

Psalm 27:10, CSB: "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD cares for me."

What does Psalm 27:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David does not suggest in this verse that his parents had actually abandoned him. According to 1 Samuel 22:3–4, when David was fleeing from Saul, his parents were with him. Out of concern for them, David placed them in the care of the king of Moab. His request to the king was, "Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me."

Here, David uses poetic expression to show how sure he is of God's deliverance. His prayer simply notes that the Lord's care of him exceeded that of his parents. The tone of this sentence, in context, is something like saying "even if…"

Truly, the Lord loves and cares for His children. The apostle Peter instructs us to take all of our worries to God, knowing He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Further, Hebrews 13:5–6 assures us we can count on the Lord as our helper because He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.