Psalm 91

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 (Greek numbering: Psalm 90), referred to by its Latin title "Qui habitat" (after its first line, "Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High"), is known as the Psalm of Protection. As a religious song, this Psalm is commonly invoked in times of hardship.

Liturgical use

In a Jewish context, it is read seven times during a burial ceremony. It is recited before bed and is included in the Shabbat morning service prayers.

In Western Christianity it is often sung or recited during services of Compline. [cite web
title=An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)
publisher=Church of England
] In the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C) [cite book
title=The Christian Year: Calendar, Lectionary and Collects
publisher=Church House Publishing, Church of England
id=ISBN 0-7151-3799-9
] the psalm is appointed for the first Sunday in Lent, linking it to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4, the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, where the devil misuses this psalm.

In Eastern Orthodoxy it is used in the prayers of the Sixth Hour.

Musical Settings

A setting for Psalm 91 was composed by Felix Mendelssohn.

Popular culture

* Sinéad O'Connor's debut album The Lion and the Cobra includes a recitation by singer Enya on the song "Never Get Old".
* Canadian metal band Cryptopsy quotes this psalm in the song "The Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness" on their 2005 album "Once Was Not".


External links

* [ Tehillim - Psalm 91 (Judaica Press)] translation with Rashi's commentary at
* Text of Psalm 91 according to the [ 1928 Psalter]
* [] on the religious significance of the text

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