Psalm 91 – Extended Edition

1 He who dwells in the secret place and sits down and stays in the hiding place of the Most High will remain under the shadow of the Almighty and will take lodging in the shade of El Shaddai, the most powerful God.

2 I will say to Jehovah, the Eternal Living One, “My refuge from the storm, my shelter from danger, and my safety net; my Gods* in whom I trust, my divine rulers* who make me confident and secure.”

3 For it is He who snatches you away from the snare of the fowler. He rescues you from the trapper and delivers you from the one who lays out bait to catch you, and from the pestilence of destruction.

4 He will cover you and put a fence around you with His feathers and under his wings you may seek refuge and flee for protection. His faithfulness is a shield and His reliability is a solid wall of defense.

5 You will not be afraid of the terror of the night or of the arrow that flies by day,

6 of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the plague that proceeds in gloom, or the destruction that destroys and devastates at noon.

7 A thousand may fail and be cast down at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you or even approach you.

8 You will only look with your eyes and see the reward of the wicked and consider the retribution of those who are guilty of sin.

9 Because you have made Jehovah your refuge, you have appointed the Eternal Living One to be your shelter from danger, even the Most High to be your refuge and your dwelling.

10 No evil will be allowed to meet you, no calamity will be allowed to approach you, no disaster will be allowed to encounter you, nor will any plague come near your dwelling place, no disease will enter into your tent and no stroke will enter into your home.

11 For he will give his angels charge concerning you, He will give orders commanding his messengers to guard you in all of your ways and keep you protected in all of your journeys.

12 They will lift you and carry you and support you in the palm of their hands so that you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the fierce lion and march forth on the venomous snake, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me and has attached himself to Me and longs for Me, therefore I will deliver him, I will cause him to escape and slip away into a secure place. I will set him safely and securely on high where he is too high to be captured by the enemy, because he has known my name, and understood my reputation, and perceived my glory.”

15 “He will call upon Me and I will answer him. He will cry out to Me and I will respond to him and speak to him and testify to him; I will be with him in trouble, I will be with him when he feels distress and anguish, I will remove him away from trouble and draw him out of danger, I will equip him for war, and cause him to be honored, I will make him heavy and weighty in abundance, and rich, and glorious.”

16 “With a long length of time I will satisfy him fulfilling his desires, and I will let him see my salvation and consider my deliverance and look upon my prosperity and regard my victory.”

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* Notes on Verse 2: It is different to see the word God translated as plural, but if you look it up in the original Hebrew it uses the word “elohim,” which is the plural form of “eloha”. The plural refers to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Since the three are one it would be equally correct to refer to them as either plural or singular. Here is the enhanced Strong’s Dictionary definition:

elôhîym; plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative. Rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods.