He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
a. NLT: He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
b. NIV: He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
c. Amplified Bible: [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
d. Septuagint [Listed under Psalm 90:4]: He shall overshadow thee with his shoulders, and thou shalt trust under his wings: his truth shall cover thee with a shield.
e. Stone Edition Torah/Writings/Prophets: With His pinion He will cover you, and beneath His wings you will be protected; His truth is shield and armor.
1. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust…”
a. cover [5526 * cakak] [Strong: a primitive root; properly, to entwine as a screen; by implication, to fence in, cover over, (figuratively) protect:--cover, defence, defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up.]
b. feathers [84 * ‘ebrah] [Strong: feminine of 83:--feather, wing.] Gesenius: wing, feather]
c. wings [3671 * kanaph] [Strong: from 3670; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed-clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle:--+ bird, border, corner, end, feather(-ed), X flying, + (one an-)other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing((-ed)).]
d. trust [2620 * chacah] [Strong: a primitive root; to flee for protection (Compare 982); figuratively, to confide in:--have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.]
1). Moses is speaking metaphorically in a Covenant sense. The individual is physically not under a giant bird but is being protected by the Most High because he dwells in the secret place spiritually.
a). Psalm 17:8, 9 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
b). Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
c). Psalm 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
2. “…his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
a. truth [571 * ‘emeth][Gesenius: firmness, faithfulness, truth, sureness, reliability, stability, continuance, faithfulness, reliableness, truth, as spoken, of testimony and judgment, of divine instruction, truth as a body of ethical or religious knowledge, true doctrine.]
1). God’s truth is His word and it provides his people with all the armor they will ever need. As Psalm 91:2 declares, we need to speak it out.
b. shield [6793 * tsinnah][Gesenius: shield, large shield, buckler, shield.][Strong: a hook (as pointed); also a (large) shield (as if guarding by prickliness); also cold (as piercing):-- buckler, cold, hook, shield, target.]
1). The LORD himself is our shield.
2). Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
c. buckler [5507 * cocherah] [Gesenius: buckler, shield.][Strong: something surrounding the person, i.e. a shield:--buckler.]
1). Some have described this as double armor, a shield and a buckler. God’s word is a dependable piece of armor.