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Psalm 5:12 & meaning...


you will bless the righteous. Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 5:12


Psalm 5 [10.] Hold them guilty, God.

    Let them fall by their own counsels;

Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

    for they have rebelled against you.

But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice,

    Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them.

Let them also who love your name be joyful in you.

    For you will bless the righteous.

Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield.


  • Blessing the Righteous:

For you will bless the righteous: The assurance begins with the promise of divine blessing. The focus is on the righteous, those who align their lives with God's principles and seek to walk in His ways.

  • Surrounded by Favor:

Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield: The imagery here is powerful. The righteous are not merely recipients of favor; they are enveloped, shielded on all sides by the divine favor of Yahweh.

  • Significance:

Divine Blessing for the Righteous: The verse highlights the intimate connection between righteousness and divine blessing. It underscores the principle that God's favor is poured out on those who live in alignment with His character and commands.

Favor as a Protective Shield: The metaphor of favor as a shield is rich in meaning. A shield provides protection, deflecting and repelling potential harm. In the same way, divine favor serves as a shield, guarding the righteous from the adversities of life.

Relevance for Today:

Divine Favor Amid Challenges: In the midst of life's challenges, Psalm 5:12 reminds us that God's favor serves as a protective shield. It encourages believers to walk in righteousness, knowing that divine blessing surrounds them.

Security in God's Favor: The image of God's favor as a shield brings a sense of security. It prompts us to trust in the encompassing favor of God, even when circumstances may seem daunting.


Psalm 84:11: "For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield. Yahweh will give grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly." This verse parallels the idea of God being a shield, emphasizing the goodness and protection He provides to those who walk blamelessly.

Proverbs 3:3-4: "Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man." The connection between righteousness and favor is echoed in Proverbs, emphasizing the importance of kindness and truth.

In Our Daily Lives: As we navigate the complexities of daily life, Psalm 5:12 invites us to seek righteousness and live in alignment with God's ways. It assures us that, in doing so, we are enveloped in divine favor—a shield that guards and protects us.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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