Psalm 141:6
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New International Version
Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.

New Living Translation
When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff, the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.

English Standard Version
When their judges are thrown over the cliff, then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.

New American Standard Bible
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock, And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.

King James Bible
When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When their rulers will be thrown off the sides of a cliff, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasing.

International Standard Version
When their judges are thrown off the cliff, the people will hear my words, for they are appropriate.

NET Bible
They will be thrown down the side of a cliff by their judges. They will listen to my words, for they are pleasant.

New Heart English Bible
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock. They will hear my words, for they are well spoken.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And their Judges were restrained by the hand of The Stone, and they heard my words, for they are sweet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When their judges are thrown off a cliff, they will listen to what I have to say. It will sound pleasant [to them].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock; And they shall hear my words, that they are sweet.

New American Standard 1977
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock,
            And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their judges shall be thrown down from strong places; they shall hearken unto my words; for they are sweet.

King James 2000 Bible
When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

American King James Version
When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

American Standard Version
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock; And they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up. They shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:

Darby Bible Translation
When their judges are thrown down from the rocks, they shall hear my words, for they are sweet.

English Revised Version
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock; and they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

Webster's Bible Translation
When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

World English Bible
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock. They will hear my words, for they are well spoken.

Young's Literal Translation
Their judges have been released by the sides of a rock, And they have heard my sayings, For they have been pleasant.
Study Bible
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5Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds. 6Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock, And they hear my words, for they are pleasant. 7As when one plows and breaks open the earth, Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 25:12
The sons of Judah also captured 10,000 alive and brought them to the top of the cliff and threw them down from the top of the cliff, so that they were all dashed to pieces.

Amos 2:3
"I will also cut off the judge from her midst And slay all her princes with him," says the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

when their judges

1 Samuel 31:1-8 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel …

2 Samuel 1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

1 Chronicles 10:1-7 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel …

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2 Samuel 2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over …

2 Samuel 5:1-3 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and spoke, …

1 Chronicles 11:1-3 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron, saying, Behold, …

1 Chronicles 12:38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart …

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2 Samuel 2:5,6 And David sent messengers to the men of Jabeshgilead, and said to …

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1 Chronicles 13:2 And David said to all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good …

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

(6) This verse again is full of obscurities. The first clause probably should be rendered, Let their judges be broken to pieces by the force (literally, hands) of the rock; or, let their judges be cast down by the sides of the cliff--i.e., hurled down the precipitous face of the ravine (See 2Chronicles 25:12, and notice that the word here is "Sela'," the name of the capital of Edom; comp. Hosea 10:14; Psalm 137:9, where, however, the expression is "against the cliff.")

They shall . . .--Better, then shall they hear my words; how dainty they are, &c. The expression is ironical. The ungodly party, when their power is broken, instead of being entertained by the poet at a licentious banquet, will listen indeed to his words--shall hear a "dainty song" from him--viz., "a song of triumph."

Verse 6. - When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words. Calamity opens the heart to receive instruction. The "judges" - i.e. the leaders - among David's enemies are visited with a grievous calamity, expressed metaphorically by their being dashed upon rocks. This disposes them to listen to David's words, which are well worth listening to, since they are sweet. When their judges are overthrown in stony places,.... The judges of David's adversaries, the workers of iniquity; meaning Saul, Abner, &c. Arama refers this to Saul and his sons being slain on the mountains of Gilboa, 1 Samuel 31:1; which might be here prophetically spoken of. Or, as it is by some rendered, "when their judges are let down by the sides of the rock" (d); or let go free, as Saul was by David more than once; when it was in the power of his hands to have taken away his life, which his principal friends urged him to do, 1 Samuel 24:2. Some render the words as an imprecation or wish, "let their judges be cast down" (e); or as a prophecy, they "shall be cast dozen in stony places", or "by the sides of a rock": so the word is used of casting or throwing down, 2 Kings 9:33; and may allude to the manner of punishment used in some places, by casting down from a precipice, from rocks and hills; see 2 Chronicles 25:12. Or, "when they slip by the sides of the rock" (f); endeavouring to get up it; as ambitious men are desirous of getting to the top of honour, power, and authority, but stand in slippery places, and often slip and fall. And when this should be the case of these judges, then should David be raised up on high; the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel. And then

they shall hear my words, for these are sweet: that is, the common people should hear them, and be pleased with them, who had been set against him by their judges; by which they would easily perceive that he had no enmity nor malice, nor ill design against Saul. This may respect either his very affectionate lamentation at the death of Saul and his sons, 2 Samuel 1:17; or what he delivered at the several times he spared the life of Saul, when he could have taken it away, 1 Samuel 24:9; and it is especially true of all the words which David spoke by inspiration, or the Spirit of God spake to him; particularly in his book of Psalms, concerning the Messiah, the covenant of grace, and the blessings of it; of the rich experiences of grace he had, and the several doctrines of the Gospel declared by him; which were sweet, delightful, and entertaining to those who have ears to hear such things; or whose ears are opened to hear them, so as to understand them and distinguish them; but to others not.

(d) "demittentur per loca saxosa", Tigurine version; "demissi sunt in manus petrae", Montanus; "dimittunt se in lateribue petrarum", Piscator. (e) "Praecipitentur", Munster; "dejiciantur", Gejerus; "praecipites dentur", Musculus; so Kimchi. (f) "Lubricati sunt per latere petrae", Cocceius. 141:5-10 We should be ready to welcome the rebuke of our heavenly Father, and also the reproof of our brethren. It shall not break my head, if it may but help to break my heart: we must show that we take it kindly. Those who slighted the word of God before, will be glad of it when in affliction, for that opens the ear to instruction. When the world is bitter, the word is sweet. Let us lift our prayer unto God. Let us entreat him to rescue us from the snares of Satan, and of all the workers of iniquity. In language like this psalm, O Lord, would we entreat that our poor prayers should set forth our only hope, our only dependence on thee. Grant us thy grace, that we may be prepared for this employment, being clothed with thy righteousness, and having all the gifts of thy Spirit planted in our hearts.
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