Psalm 28:4
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New International Version
Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve.

New Living Translation
Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others.

English Standard Version
Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.

New American Standard Bible
Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices; Requite them according to the deeds of their hands; Repay them their recompense.

King James Bible
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Repay them according to what they have done-- according to the evil of their deeds. Repay them according to the work of their hands; give them back what they deserve.

International Standard Version
Reward them according to their deeds; according to the evil of their actions. Reward them based on what they do; give them what they deserve.

NET Bible
Pay them back for their evil deeds! Pay them back for what they do! Punish them!

New Heart English Bible
Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings. Give them according to the operation of their hands. Bring back on them what they deserve.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pay them according to their works and according to their evils.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay them back for what they have done, for their evil deeds. Pay them back for what their hands have done, and give them what they deserve.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the evil of their endeavours; Give them after the work of their hands; Render to them their desert.

New American Standard 1977
Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
            Requite them according to the deeds of their hands;
            Repay them their recompense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give them according to their deeds and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render unto them their desert.

King James 2000 Bible
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.

American King James Version
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

American Standard Version
Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings: Give them after the operation of their hands; Render to them their desert.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give them according to their works, and according to the wickedness of their inventions. According to the works of their hands give thou to them: render to them their reward.

Darby Bible Translation
Give them according to their doing, and according to the wickedness of their deeds; give them after the work of their hands, render to them their desert.

English Revised Version
Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings: give them after the operation of their hands; render to them their desert.

Webster's Bible Translation
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

World English Bible
Give them according to their work, and according to the wickedness of their doings. Give them according to the operation of their hands. Bring back on them what they deserve.

Young's Literal Translation
Give to them according to their acting, And according to the evil of their doings. According to the work of their hands give to them. Return their deed to them.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Strength
3Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts. 4Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices; Requite them according to the deeds of their hands; Repay them their recompense. 5Because they do not regard the works of the LORD Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 4:14
Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his deeds.

Revelation 18:6
Give back to her as she has done to others; pay her back double for what she has done; mix her a double portion in her own cup.

Revelation 22:12
"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done.

Psalm 62:12
And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.

Lamentations 3:64
You will recompense them, O LORD, According to the work of their hands.
Treasury of Scripture

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(4) Give them according to their deeds.--The justice of the lex talionis was deeply impressed on the mind of Israel, and we need not wonder to find its enforcement made the subject of prayer. A general notice of the imprecations of the Psalms will be found in the General Introduction (VI.). Here it is enough to remark that there is no indication of personal animosity or vindictiveness. The poet, even if expressing his own feelings, was identified with devout Israel, to whom it was natural not only to expect from Jehovah the manifestation of judgment which could alone remove the conditions that were so unfavourable to the true religion, but also to pray that He would at the same time vindicate Himself and justify those faithful to Him. (Comp. for the general thought Isaiah 3:8-11.) In the actual course of God's providence, the retribution is often very accurately apportioned to the evil deed, and the Bible contains many strong instances--e.g., that of Adonibezek (Judges 1:5; Judges 1:7).

Verse 4. - Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours. The feeling of righteous indignation, naturally implanted in us, causes us to desire the punishment of the wicked, quite apart from any wrong that they may have done to ourselves (Aristotle, 'Rhet.,' 2:1, § 3). Give them after the work of their hands: render to them their desert. Nothing satisfies our moral feelings but exact retribution - Αἴκε τάθοι τάκ ἔρεξε, δίκη η ἰθεῖα γένοιτο. David shows in both respects a moral nature uncorrupted by contact with the world of his day. Give them according to their deeds,.... According to the demerit of them, which is death, even death eternal;

and according to the wickedness of their endeavours; for though wicked men do not always succeed; yet their want of success does not excuse their wickedness;

give them after the work of their hands; see 2 Timothy 4:14;

render to them their desert; what their iniquities, in thought, word, and deed, deserve: such petitions are not contrary to that Christian charity which the Gospel recommends; nor do they savour of a spirit of revenge, which is condemned by the word of God; for it should be observed, that these things are said with respect to men given up to a reprobate mind; and that the psalmist does not seek to avenge himself, nor to gratify his own mind; but he sought the glory of God, and moreover spoke by a prophetic spirit, knowing what was the will of God in this case; see Psalm 28:5; and therefore these petitions of his are not to be drawn into an example in common and ordinary cases. 4. The imprecation is justified in Ps 28:5. The force of the passage is greatly enhanced by the accumulation of terms describing their sin.

endeavours—points out their deliberate sinfulness.28:1-5 David is very earnest in prayer. Observe his faith in prayer; God is my rock, on whom I build my hope. Believers should not rest till they have received some token that their prayers are heard. He prays that he may not be numbered with the wicked. Save me from being entangled in the snares they have laid for me. Save me from being infected with their sins, and from doing as they do. Lord, never leave me to use such arts of deceit and treachery for my safety, as they use for my ruin. Believers dread the way of sinners; the best are sensible of the danger they are in of being drawn aside: we should all pray earnestly to God for his grace to keep us. Those who are careful not to partake with sinners in their sins, have reason to hope that they shall not receive their plagues. He speaks of the just judgments of the Lord on the workers of iniquity, ver. 4. This is not the language of passion or revenge. It is a prophecy that there will certainly come a day, when God will punish every man who persists in his evil deeds. Sinners shall be reckoned with, not only for the mischief they have done, but for the mischief they designed, and did what they could to effect. Disregard of the works of the Lord, is the cause of the sin of sinners, and becomes the cause of their ruin.
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