Our steps now have compassed him;' Their eyes they set to turn aside in the land.
Psalm 17:11 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They have now compassed us in our steps - Instead of אשרנו ashshurenu, "our steps," Dr. Kennicott and others recommend אשרינו ashreynu, "O lucky we, at last we have compassed him." He cannot now escape; he is sure to fall into our hands.
They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth - All the commentators and critics have missed the very expressive and elegant metaphor contained in this clause. Kennicott says, They drove the hart into toils, and then shot him. Bishop Horsley says, on the clause, They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth: "This is the attitude of huntsmen, taking aim at an animal upon the ground." No, it is the attitude of the huntsmen looking for the slot, or track of the hart's, hind's, or antelope's foot on the ground. See at the conclusion of the Psalm.
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1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain...
1 Samuel 24:2,3 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats...
1 Samuel 26:2,3 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him...
Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent...
Proverbs 6:13,14 He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers...
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