Psalm 31:13
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New International Version
For I hear many whispering, "Terror on every side!" They conspire against me and plot to take my life.

New Living Translation
I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.

English Standard Version
For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

New American Standard Bible
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

King James Bible
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.

International Standard Version
I have heard the slander of many; it is like terror all around me, as they conspire together and plot to take my life.

NET Bible
For I hear what so many are saying, the terrifying news that comes from every direction. When they plot together against me, they figure out how they can take my life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I heard the scheme of many when they counseled against me together and they conceived to take my life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have heard the whispering of many people- terror on every side- while they made plans together against me. They were plotting to take my life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have heard the slander of many; fear was on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

King James 2000 Bible
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

American King James Version
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

American Standard Version
For I have heard the defaming of many, Terror on every side: While they took counsel together against me, They devised to take away my life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have heard the blame of many that dwell round about. While they assembled together against me, they consulted to take away my life.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have heard the slander of many -- terror on every side -- when they take counsel together against me: they plot to take away my life.

English Revised Version
For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

World English Bible
For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, while they conspire together against me, they plot to take away my life.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have heard an evil account of many, Fear is round about. In their being united against me, To take my life they have devised,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he was a type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. David acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins, but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give him any assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted, but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God will be sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those who commit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is in God's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet, according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not in himself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands, but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that the Lord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for any merit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those that reproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a day coming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In the mean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, if possible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - For I have heard the slander of many (see the comment on ver. 11). The calumnies circulated against him had reached David's ears, and these had so affected him that he felt as described in the preceding verse. Fear was on every side, while they took counsel together against me. Fear was "on every side" - in his own heart, and in the hearts of all his friends - when it came to the point of his enemies holding a formal council, in which the matter discussed was the best mode of proceeding against him to take away his life. The particulars of such a council are given in 2 Samuel 17:1-14. They devised to take away my life. That David's life was sought is apparent from the last clause of ver. 2, "I will smite the king only."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I have heard the slander of many,.... Both enemies and neighbours;

fear was on every side; his enemies were a "Magormissabib" to him, Jeremiah 20:3; encompassed him around, so that he was in fear from every quarter;

while they took counsel together against me; how to apprehend him, and what to do with him;

they devised to take away my life; nothing short of that would satisfy; but life is in the hand of God; men may devise, but God disappoints, and his counsel stands; hence the psalmist was encouraged, after all, to trust in him, in this time of imminent danger, as follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. For—introduces further reasons for his prayer, the unjust, deliberate, and murderous purposes of his foes.

Psalm 31:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
12I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. 13For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life. 14But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "You are my God."…
Cross References
Matthew 27:1
Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.

Genesis 37:18
But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

Psalm 31:20
In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.

Psalm 37:12
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;

Psalm 41:7
All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,

Psalm 50:20
You sit and testify against your brother and slander your own mother's son.

Psalm 62:4
Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.

Jeremiah 20:10
I hear many whispering, "Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let's denounce him!" All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him."

Lamentations 2:22
"As you summon to a feast day, so you summoned against me terrors on every side. In the day of the LORD's anger no one escaped or survived; those I cared for and reared my enemy has destroyed."
Treasury of Scripture

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

I have

Psalm 55:10 Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also …

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

1 Samuel 22:8-10 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that …

1 Samuel 24:9 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Luke 23:1,2,5 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him to Pilate…

fear

Psalm 56:1-3 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting …

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Jeremiah 6:25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of …

Jeremiah 20:3,4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah …

Lamentations 2:22 You have called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that …

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1 Samuel 19:10-17 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin: …

1 Samuel 20:33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew …

1 Samuel 23:19,20 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David …

2 Samuel 17:1-4 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; …

Matthew 26:3,4,59 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

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