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Psalm 30:7

ESV By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
NIV LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
NASB Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
CSB Lord, when you showed your favor, you made me stand like a strong mountain; when you hid your face, I was terrified.
NLT Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
KJV LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

What does Psalm 30:7 mean?

This verse presents a contrast. Previously the Lord had favored David. Symbolically, David and his kingdom were like a massive mountain: immovable, unshakeable, and mighty. David's complacent attitude of self-confidence (Psalm 30:6) interrupted that blessing. The same king who felt like a mountain was crushed to realize God was displeased.

Most likely, David's thinking is focused on the plague God sent after David arrogantly numbered the people (1 Chronicles 21:7–17). The plague distressed David greatly. Second Samuel 24:10 reports, "But David's heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, 'I have sinned greatly in what I have done.'" And verse 14 tells us, "David said to Gad [a prophet], 'I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great.'" Sin is a hard taskmaster, and misery is part of its payment.

Previously in this psalm, David commented that even God's judgment is merciful; since His love for His people outlasts His anger at their sin (Psalm 30:5). The next verses might echo the way David prayed when he realized the gravity of his sin (Psalm 30:1–3).
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