Comparing Psalm 37:39-40

Psalm 37:39 GW

The victory for righteous people comes from the LORD.
He is their fortress in times of trouble.
The LORD helps them and rescues them.
He rescues them from wicked people.
He saves them because they have taken refuge in him.
GOD’S WORD Translation
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
King James Version
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
New International Version
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

The Lord saves the godly! He is their salvation and their refuge when trouble comes. Because they trust in him, he helps them and delivers them from the plots of evil men.
The Living Bible
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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