Psalm 119:85
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New International Version
The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.

New Living Translation
These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me.

English Standard Version
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.

New American Standard Bible
The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.

King James Bible
The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate Your instruction.

International Standard Version
The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me disobeying your instruction.

NET Bible
The arrogant dig pits to trap me, which violates your law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil, who are not of your Law, have dug a ditch for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Arrogant people have dug pits to trap me in defiance of your teachings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The proud have dug pits for me, but they do not proceed according to thy law.

King James 2000 Bible
The proud have dug pits for me, which is not after your law.

American King James Version
The proud have dig pits for me, which are not after your law.

American Standard Version
The proud have digged pits for me, Who are not according to thy law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked have told me fables: but not as thy law.

Darby Bible Translation
The proud have digged pits for me, which is not according to thy law.

English Revised Version
The proud have digged pits for me, who are not after thy law.

Webster's Bible Translation
The proud have digged pits for me, which are not according to thy law.

World English Bible
The proud have dug pits for me, contrary to your law.

Young's Literal Translation
The proud have digged for me pits, That are not according to Thy law.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:81-88 The psalmist sought deliverance from his sins, his foes, and his fears. Hope deferred made him faint; his eyes failed by looking out for this expected salvation. But when the eyes fail, yet faith must not. His affliction was great. He was become like a leathern bottle, which, if hung up in the smoke, is dried and shrivelled up. We must ever be mindful of God's statutes. The days of the believer's mourning shall be ended; they are but for a moment, compared with eternal happiness. His enemies used craft as well as power for his ruin, in contempt of the law of God. The commandments of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety. We may best expect help from God when, like our Master, we do well and suffer for it. Wicked men may almost consume the believer upon earth, but he would sooner forsake all than forsake the word of the Lord. We should depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work. The surest token of God's good-will toward us, is his good work in us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 85. - The proud have digged pits for me; i.e. "have set traps to catch me" (comp. Psalm 7:15; Psalm 9:15). Which are not after thy Law. God's Law is opposed to all underhand and treacherous dealing - therefore to all traps and snares.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The proud have digged pits for me,.... Laid snares and temptations in his way, to draw him into sin, and so into mischief; they sought indeed to take away his life, and formed schemes for it. The allusion is to the digging of pits for the taking of wild beasts; which shows the ill opinion they had of David, and their ill usage of him; see Psalm 7:15;

which are not after thy law; no, contrary to it; which forbids the digging of a pit, and leaving it uncovered, so that a neighbour's beast might fall into it, Exodus 21:33; and if those might not be dug to the injury of beasts, then much less to the injury of men, to the hurt of the servants of the Lord, or to the shedding of innocent blood, which the law forbids.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

85. pits—plots for my destruction.

which—rather, "who," that is, "the proud"; "pits" is not the antecedent.

Psalm 119:85 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? 85The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law. 86All Your commandments are faithful; They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!…
Cross References
Psalm 7:15
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.

Psalm 35:7
Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,

Psalm 57:6
They spread a net for my feet-- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path-- but they have fallen into it themselves.

Jeremiah 18:22
Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.
Treasury of Scripture

The proud have dig pits for me, which are not after your law.

the proud. This metaphor is taken from the mode in which wild beasts are caught in the East; deep pits are dug in the earth, and slightly covered over with reeds, turf, etc., so as not to be discerned from the solid ground; and the animals attempting to walk over them, the surface breaks, they fall in, and are taken alive. Thus the Psalmist's enemies employed craft as well as power in order to effect his ruin.

Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without …

Psalm 7:15 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Psalm 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 36:11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of …

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my …

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Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

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