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Wesley's Notes on the Bible
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
91:1 He - He that makes God his habitation and refuge.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
91:3 Pestilence - From the pestilence, which like a fowler's snare takes men suddenly and unexpectedly.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
91:5 By night - When evil accidents are most terrible and least avoidable. Arrow - The pestilence, or any such destructive calamity; such are frequently called God's arrows. By day - Thou shalt be kept from secret and open mischiefs.
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
91:6 Darkness - Invisibly, so that we can neither foresee nor prevent it.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
91:12 Bear thee - Sustain or uphold thee in thy goings, as we do a child.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
91:13 The lion - Shall lie prostrate at thy feet, and thou shalt securely put thy feet upon his neck. Dragon - By which he understands all pernicious creatures, though never so strong, and all sorts of enemies.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
91:14 Because - This and the two following verse s are the words of God.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.