The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 118:9
[It is] better to trust in the Lord…
The Targum is,
``in the Word of the Lord.''
This is repeated for the sake of what follows:
than to put confidence in princes;
who have greater ability to help,
and whose honour should engage them to keep their word; and yet it is
better to trust in the Lord than in them; see (Psalms 146:3) . Two different
words being used in this verse and (Psalms 118:8) ; for trust and confidence,
Jarchi has observed, that the one signifies a lesser, the other a
stronger confidence; as if the sense was this, "It is better lightly to
trust in the Lord than to put the strongest confidence in men and
princes." But the observation is scarcely solid enough.