Psalm 27:2
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New International Version
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

New Living Translation
When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

English Standard Version
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.

New American Standard Bible
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

King James Bible
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.

International Standard Version
When those who practice evil, my enemies, and my oppressors come near me to devour my flesh, they stumble and fall.

NET Bible
When evil men attack me to devour my flesh, when my adversaries and enemies attack me, they stumble and fall.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When the evil approached me to consume my flesh, my enemies and my haters stumbled together and fell.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evildoers closed in on me to tear me to pieces. My opponents and enemies stumbled and fell.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

King James 2000 Bible
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

American King James Version
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

American Standard Version
When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, Even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh. My enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have fallen.

Darby Bible Translation
When evil-doers, mine adversaries and mine enemies, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

English Revised Version
When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

Webster's Bible Translation
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

World English Bible
When evildoers came at me to eat up my flesh, even my adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

Young's Literal Translation
When evil doers come near to me to eat my flesh, My adversaries and mine enemies to me, They have stumbled and fallen.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. A special occasion seems to be intended, so that the LXX. have rightly, ἠσθένησαν καὶ ἔπεσαν. Some unrecorded event in the war with Absalom before the final struggle, is probably alluded to. There is an emphasis on "mine enemies," which implies that the adversaries were not the foes of the country, but David's personal foes.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me,.... They are wicked men, men of malignant spirits, and evildoers, who are the enemies and foes of the people of God, and who hate them with an implacable hatred, and do everything they can to distress and afflict them; and such enemies David had, who were many and mighty; and these "came upon" him, or "approached against" him (c), they drew near to him to make war with him, as the word signifies (d); they attacked him in an hostile manner; and their view was, as he says,

to eat up my flesh, as they eat bread, Psalm 14:4; to devour him at once, to make but one morsel of him, to destroy his life, to strip him of his substance, to take away his wives and children, as the Amalekites at Ziklag, 1 Samuel 30:1;

they stumbled and fell; the Lord put stumbling blocks in their way, and retarded their march, and hindered them from executing their designs; and they fell into the hands of David, and were subdued under him, or fell by death; and these past instances of divine goodness the psalmist calls to mind, to keep up his heart and courage, and animate and strengthen him against the fears of men, of death and hell.

(c) "cum appropinquaverint adversum me", Pagninus; so Gejerus. (d) "Belligerantibus contra me", Junius & Tremellius; so Piscator & Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. eat … my flesh—(Job 19:22; Ps 14:4). The allusion to wild beasts illustrates their rapacity.

they stumbled—"they" is emphatic; not I, but they were destroyed.

Psalm 27:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Salvation
1A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? 2When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. 3Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.…
Cross References
Psalm 9:3
My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.

Psalm 14:4
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.

Psalm 124:6
Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

Daniel 3:17
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand.

Daniel 11:19
After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more.

Micah 3:3
who eat my people's flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?"
Treasury of Scripture

When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

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Psalm 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for you have smitten all my enemies …

Psalm 18:4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed …

Psalm 62:3,4 How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain …

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Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people …

Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as …

Job 19:22 Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 31:31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! …

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Psalm 18:38-42 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen …

Psalm 118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire …

Isaiah 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be …

John 18:3-6 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief …

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