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Psa 91:1-16 ESV
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
The authorship is uncertain. Most scholars believe it to be King David. But Hebrew tradition ascribes it to Moses.
v11 & 12 refer to Jesus
The following verses were quoted by Satan so he may we ll have been misusing them.
Luk 4:10-12 ESV for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ 11 and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
v13 seems to refer to Genesis 3:15
Gen 3:15 ESV I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
What is the pestilence that is described in Pslam 91
Psa 91:3 ESV For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly (H1942) pestilence (H1698).
Psa 91:6 ESV nor the pestilence (H1698) that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Psa 91:10 ESV no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague (H5060) come near your tent.
(See ‘Pestilence’ Verse List for the details)
The Bible almost always affirms that God sends the pestilence
There are too many verses to include them all but here are a sample. For a full list visit see the highlighted green verses in ‘Pestilence’ Verse List
Lev 26:25 ESV And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Num 14:12 ESV I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”
Deu 28:21 ESV The LORD will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
2Sa 24:15 ESV So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning until the appointed time. And there died of the people from Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men.
Rev 22:18 ESV I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
Sometimes God protects people from the pestilence
Exo 12:13 ESV The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
This protection or selective punishment is also seen in Revelation
Children were not safe from the sins of their parents
2Ch 21:11-15 ESV Moreover, he [Jehoram] made high places in the hill country of Judah and led the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom and made Judah go astray. 12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel and have enticed Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom, as the house of Ahab led Israel into whoredom, and also you have killed your brothers, of your father’s house, who were better than you, 14 behold, the LORD will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, 15 and you yourself will have a severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day.’”
Num 16:30-34 ESV But if the LORD creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD.” 31 And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!”