Psalm 21:11
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New International Version
Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

New Living Translation
Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed.

English Standard Version
Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.

New American Standard Bible
Though they intended evil against You And devised a plot, They will not succeed.

King James Bible
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though they intend to harm you and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.

International Standard Version
Though they plot evil against you and devise schemes, they will not succeed.

NET Bible
Yes, they intend to do you harm; they dream up a scheme, but they do not succeed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they prayed evil against you and they have conceived a scheme and they were not able to do it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although they scheme and plan evil against you, they will not succeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they intended evil against thee; they imagined a wicked device, but they did not prevail.

King James 2000 Bible
For they intended evil against you: they devised a mischievous act, which they are not able to perform.

American King James Version
For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

American Standard Version
For they intended evil against thee; They conceived a device which they are not able to perform.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they have intended evils against thee: they have devised counsels which they have not been able to establish.

Darby Bible Translation
For they intended evil against thee; they imagined a mischievous device, which they could not execute.

English Revised Version
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a device, which they are not able to perform.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

World English Bible
For they intended evil against you. They plotted evil against you which cannot succeed.

Young's Literal Translation
For they stretched out against Thee evil, They devised a wicked device, they prevail not,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:7-13 The psalmist teaches to look forward with faith, and hope, and prayer upon what God would further do. The success with which God blessed David, was a type of the total overthrow of all Christ's enemies. Those who might have had Christ to rule and save them, but rejected him and fought against him, shall find the remembrance of it a worm that dies not. God makes sinners willing by his grace, receives them to his favour, and delivers them from the wrath to come. May he exalt himself, by his all-powerful grace, in our hearts, destroying all the strong-holds of sin and Satan. How great should be our joy and praise to behold our Brother and Friend upon the throne, and for all the blessings we may expect from him! yet he delights in his exalted state, as enabling him to confer happiness and glory on poor sinners, who are taught to love and trust in him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - For they intended evil against thee. Their destruction is brought upon them by their own selves. They plot against the people of God, and thus provoke God to anger, and cause him to deliver them into their enemy' s hand. It does not matter that they can effect nothing. The "intention" is enough. They imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. The inability is not so much from a deficiency of strength in themselves, as from the opposition offered to their schemes by God. The best-laid plans an powerless, if God wills to baffle them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they intended evil against thee,.... All evil, whether in thought or deed, if not immediately and directly, yet is ultimately against the Lord, whose law is transgressed, and who is despised and reflected upon as a lawgiver; all sin is an hostility committed against God, or against Christ, against the Lord and his Anointed, or against his people, who are all one as himself: the intention of evil is evil, and is cognizable by the Lord, and punishable by him:

they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform; not the death of Christ; that was indeed in itself a mischievous device of theirs, but that they performed, though they had not their end in it; they expected his name would then perish, and they should hear no more of him: but rather it respects his resurrection from the dead, they could not prevent, though they took all imaginable care that them might be no show of it; and when they found he was really raised from the dead, they contrived a wicked scheme to stop the credit of it, but in vain, Matthew 27:63; and Jews and Gentiles, and Papists, have formed schemes and done all they can to root the Gospel, cause, and interest of Christ, out of the world, but have not been able to perform it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. This terrible overthrow, reaching to posterity, is due to their crimes (Ex 20:5, 6).

Psalm 21:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King Rejoices in Your Strength!
10Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men. 11Though they intended evil against You And devised a plot, They will not succeed. 12For You will make them turn their back; You will aim with Your bowstrings at their faces.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:1
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

Psalm 10:2
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

Zechariah 7:10
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.'
Treasury of Scripture

For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

imagined

Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Psalm 10:2 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken …

Psalm 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while …

Psalm 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against …

Jeremiah 11:18,19 And the LORD has given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then you …

Ezekiel 11:2 Then said he to me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, …

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, …

Matthew 26:4,5 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him…

Acts 5:27,28 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: …

are not

Psalm 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; …

Isaiah 7:6,7 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach …

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; …

Matthew 2:8,16 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently …

Matthew 27:63,64 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet …

Matthew 28:2-6 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord …

Acts 4:17,18 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straightly …

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