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Psalm 28:9

ESV Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
NIV Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
NASB Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.
CSB Save your people, bless your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.
NLT Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.
KJV Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

What does Psalm 28:9 mean?

David prays for God to save Israel, His inheritance. Someday, the Lord will eternally save members of every tribe of Israel to be His people (Romans 11:25–32). They will enter Messiah's kingdom and enjoy peace and prosperity. They will be His family. Isaiah 40:11 predicts the salvation of Israel and states: "He [Messiah] will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young."

That this psalm uses shepherding images is fitting, given David's experiences. As a shepherd, David knew all about the process; he mentions in Psalm 23 that the Lord, his shepherd, led him beside still waters and along paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:2–3). A good shepherd knows each of his sheep by name, and he feeds his sheep. As a caring shepherd, he leads his sheep and often carries them on his shoulders.
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