Psalm 28:5
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New International Version
Because they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.

New Living Translation
They care nothing for what the LORD has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt!

English Standard Version
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more.

New American Standard Bible
Because 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.

King James Bible
Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because they do not consider what the LORD has done or the work of His hands, He will tear them down and not rebuild them.

International Standard Version
Because they do not understand the deeds of the LORD or the work of his hands, He will tear them down and never build them up.

NET Bible
For they do not understand the LORD's actions, or the way he carries out justice. The LORD will permanently demolish them.

New Heart English Bible
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he will break them down and not build them up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they have not understood the deeds of Lord Jehovah or the work of his hands, he will overthrow them and will not build them up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will tear them down and never build them up again, because they never consider what he has done or what his hands have made.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Because they give no heed to the works of the LORD, Nor to the operation of His hands; He will break them down and not build them up.

New American Standard 1977
Because 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them and not build them up.

King James 2000 Bible
Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

American King James Version
Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

American Standard Version
Because they regard not the works of Jehovah, Nor the operation of his hands, He will break them down and not build them up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because they have not understood the works of the Lord, and the operations of his hands: thou shalt destroy them, and shalt not build them up.

Darby Bible Translation
For they regard not the deeds of Jehovah, nor the work of his hands: he will destroy them, and not build them up.

English Revised Version
Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall break them down and not build them up.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he will destroy them, and not build them up.

World English Bible
Because they don't respect the works of Yahweh, nor the operation of his hands, he will break them down and not build them up.

Young's Literal Translation
For they attend not to the doing of Jehovah, And unto the work of His hands. He throweth them down, And doth not build them up.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Strength
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. 6Blessed be the LORD, Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:9
'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"

Psalm 10:5
His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

Isaiah 5:12
Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
Treasury of Scripture

Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Because

Psalm 10:5 His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of …

Psalm 92:4-6 For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work: I will triumph …

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them …

Psalm 111:2-4 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have …

Job 34:26,27 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others…

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

Isaiah 22:11 You made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the …

Isaiah 26:9-11 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit …

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed …

Romans 1:20,28 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are …

operation

Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

Psalm 19:1,2 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork…

Numbers 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any …

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, …

Isaiah 45:8,12,18 Drop down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: …

Jeremiah 10:12,13 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world …

Ephesians 1:19-21 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, …

not build

2 Samuel 7:13,27 He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne …

1 Kings 11:38 And it shall be, if you will listen to all that I command you, and …

Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: …

Jeremiah 32:20,21 Which have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to this …

(5) The works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands--i.e., His strict and even-handed justice, which the wicked forget or, deceived by appearances (Isaiah 5:19), ignore. For the contrast between "build up" and "pull down," compare Jeremiah 42:10. This verse is in that prophet's style (Jeremiah 1:10; Jeremiah 18:9).

Verse 5. - Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands. They do not note God's providential workings. If they did, they would see that judgment falls upon the wicked, and, seeing this, they would fear and abstain from evil. But they take no notice - God is not in all their thoughts. For this neglect and contempt of him, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. Because they regard not the works of the Lord,.... Neither the work of creation, as if there was no first cause of all things; nor the work of Providence, taking no notice either of the judgments or of the mercies of God; as though they believed that God had forsaken the earth, and would do neither good nor evil; and still less the work of redemption, which in covenant, promise, and prophecy, was appointed for the Messiah to work out; and as for the work of the Spirit of God upon the soul, they had no notion of that, of the nature and necessity of it; the things of the Spirit of God being foolishness to them, and undiscernible by them; see Isaiah 5:12. Perhaps the psalmist may have some regard to his being anointed by Samuel, according to the will of God, and to the victory which he obtained over Goliath, and over others, which justly gained him great esteem among some, and created envy in others; and also the wonderful protection of him from time to time; the Chaldee paraphrase is, "because they do not understand the law of the Lord". It follows,

nor the operation of his hands; in which his hand was so very apparent, that nothing less could be said than that this was the finger of God; wherefore,

he shall destroy them, and not build them up; that is, they shall be irrecoverably lost; they shall be punished with everlasting destruction; there will be no help or remedy for them: some (s) understand this as a prayer, that God would destroy them in such a manner, and render it, "let him destroy them", &c. (t).

(s) Kimchi in loc. Vid. Aben Ezram in loc. (t) "destruat eos", Vatablus; so the Arabic version. 5. Disregard of God's judgments brings a righteous punishment.

destroy … build … up—The positive strengthened by the negative form.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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