Context, Psalm 91:3-4 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
ESV - 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
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I would say that it was because of the vivid mental picture that it would evoke in those reading the psalm through the use of a familiar metaphor of a bird sheltering her young (who are both small and defenseless) against danger by covering them with her wings, which the psalmist likened to the protection that God provides to His followers based on the relative helplessness of humans in comparison to God. (Jesus used the same imagery in weeping over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34.)
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