Psalm 27:12
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New International Version
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

New Living Translation
Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I've never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.

English Standard Version
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.

New American Standard Bible
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

King James Bible
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not give me over to the will of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence.

International Standard Version
Do not hand me over to the desires of my enemies; for false witnesses have risen up against me; even the one who breathes out violence.

NET Bible
Do not turn me over to my enemies, for false witnesses who want to destroy me testify against me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And do not hand me over to my enemies, because false witnesses stood up against me and they have spoken evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not surrender me to the will of my opponents. False witnesses have risen against me. They breathe out violence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Deliver me not over unto the will of my enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me and such as breathe out cruelty.

King James 2000 Bible
Deliver me not over unto the will of my enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

American King James Version
Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

American Standard Version
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries: For false witnesses are risen up against me, And such as breathe out cruelty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself.

Darby Bible Translation
Deliver me not over to the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.

English Revised Version
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

Webster's Bible Translation
Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

World English Bible
Don't deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty.

Young's Literal Translation
Give me not to the will of my adversaries, For risen against me have false witnesses, And they breathe out violence to me.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies; literally, the soul of mine enimies; i.e. their desire (see Psalm 35:25; Psalm 41:2), which was no doubt to capture him, and. bring him a prisoner to Jerusalem. For false witnesses are risen up against me. The party which attached itself to Absalom accused David of cruelty to the house of Saul (2 Samuel 16:8), and probably of other crimes and misdemeanours. Absalom himself accused him of a failure in his kingly duties (2 Samuel 15:8). And such as breathe out cruelty; or, violence. To "breathe out" violence, threats, slaughter, malice, etc., is a common metaphor in many languages (Acts 9:1; Aristoph., 'Eq.,' 1. 437; Her, 'Od.,' 4. 13, 1. 19, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies,.... It is a dreadful thing for a man to be given up to his own heart's lusts, and to be delivered up into the hands of Satan; who would fain have even the people of God themselves in his hands, that he might distress them at pleasure, if not destroy them; and also to be suffered to fall into the hands of wicked men, whose tender mercies are cruel;

for false witnesses are risen up against me; laying to his charge, that he sought to take away from Saul his crown and kingdom, and even his life, 1 Samuel 24:9;

and such as breathe out cruelty; as Doeg the Edomite, whose tongue was as a sharp razor, and by whose hands four score and five priests were slain, on account of David's being supplied with bread by Ahimelech; the word is in the singular number; see Psalm 52:1; compare with this clause Acts 9:1; and Horace's phrase, "Spirabat amores" (l).

(l) Carmin. l. 4. Ode. 13. v. 19.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. will—literally, "soul," "desire" (Ps 35:25).

enemies—literally, "oppressors." Falsehood aids cruelty against him.

breathe out—as being filled with it (Ac 9:1).

Psalm 27:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Salvation
11Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes. 12Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. 13I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:60
But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward

Acts 9:1
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest

Deuteronomy 19:16
If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime,

Deuteronomy 19:18
The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite,

Psalm 17:9
from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.

Psalm 35:11
Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.

Psalm 41:2
The LORD protects and preserves them-- they are counted among the blessed in the land-- he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.

Proverbs 6:19
a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Jeremiah 37:14
"That's not true!" Jeremiah said. "I am not deserting to the Babylonians." But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.
Treasury of Scripture

Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

I will

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set …

Psalm 35:25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them …

Psalm 38:16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: …

Psalm 41:11 By this I know that you favor me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.

Psalm 140:8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked …

FALSE

Psalm 35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

1 Samuel 22:9,10 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of …

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of …

2 Samuel 16:7,8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody …

Matthew 26:59,60 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

breathe

Psalm 25:19 Consider my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the …

Acts 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to …

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