The Meaning of Psalms 95:7 Explained

Psalms 95:7

KJV: For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

YLT: For He is our God, and we the people of His pasture, And the flock of His hand, To-day, if to His voice ye hearken,

Darby: For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. To-day if ye hear his voice,

ASV: For he is our God, And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To-day, oh that ye would hear his voice!

What does Psalms 95:7 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalm 95:1-11 - Praise The Lord And Tempt Him Not
This psalm is deeply inwoven into the life of the Church, because of the worshipful strain which pervades it, and also because of the illuminating manner in which it is introduced into the argument of Hebrews 3:1-19; Hebrews 4:1-16. The works of God in creation are specially enumerated as incentives to praise. The sea, the hills, the deep places of the earth have often inspired the minstrel, but how much more the devout soul!
Let us remember, also, when we are tossed on the seas of life, or are called to descend into valleys of shadow, that faith will still dare to sing. But in the second stanza of the psalm, from Psalms 95:6 onward, we are confronted with the sad story of Exodus 17:1-16. There are Meribahs and Massahs in all lives, where we murmur against God's dealings and lose our inward rest. There is a sabbatism of the heart when the will is yielded to God's will, and the bean is cleansed from its wayward whims; when the very peace that fills the divine nature settles down on the heart. That experience is an entrance into God's rest. It remains unexhausted for all the people of God. Let us not miss it through default of faith! [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalm 95

1  An exhortation to praise God
3  For his greatness
6  And for his goodness
8  And not to tempt him

What do the individual words in Psalms 95:7 mean?

For He [is] our God and we [are] the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand Today if His voice you will hear
כִּ֘י ה֤וּא אֱלֹהֵ֗ינוּ וַאֲנַ֤חְנוּ עַ֣ם מַ֭רְעִיתוֹ וְצֹ֣אן יָד֑וֹ הַ֝יּ֗וֹם אִֽם־ בְּקֹל֥וֹ תִשְׁמָֽעוּ

ה֤וּא  He  [is] 
Parse: Pronoun, third person masculine singular
Root: הוּא 
Sense: he, she, it.
אֱלֹהֵ֗ינוּ  our  God 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct, first person common plural
Root: אֱלֹהִים  
Sense: (plural).
וַאֲנַ֤חְנוּ  and  we  [are] 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Pronoun, first person common plural
Root: אֲנַחְנוּ  
Sense: we (first pers.
עַ֣ם  the  people 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: עַם 
Sense: nation, people.
מַ֭רְעִיתוֹ  of  His  pasture 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: מַרְעִית  
Sense: pasturing, pasturage, shepherding.
וְצֹ֣אן  and  the  sheep 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, common singular construct
Root: צֹאן  
Sense: small cattle, sheep, sheep and goats, flock, flocks.
יָד֑וֹ  of  His  hand 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: יָד  
Sense: hand.
הַ֝יּ֗וֹם  Today 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: יׄום 
Sense: day, time, year.
בְּקֹל֥וֹ  His  voice 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: קֹול 
Sense: voice, sound, noise.
תִשְׁמָֽעוּ  you  will  hear 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, second person masculine plural
Root: שָׁמַע 
Sense: to hear, listen to, obey.