Psalm 35:4
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New International Version
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

New Living Translation
Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.

English Standard Version
Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!

New American Standard Bible
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

King James Bible
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let those who seek to kill me be disgraced and humiliated; let those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed.

International Standard Version
Let those who seek my life be ashamed and disgraced; let those who plot evil against me be driven back and confounded.

NET Bible
May those who seek my life be embarrassed and humiliated! May those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed!

New Heart English Bible
Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who seek my soul will be ashamed and they will be put to shame; they shall turn their behind and they shall be put to shame, those who plotted evil against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgraced. Let those who plan my downfall be turned back in confusion.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion that seek after my soul; Let them be turned back and be abashed that devise my hurt.

New American Standard 1977
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;
            Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

American King James Version
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

American Standard Version
Let them be put to shame and brought to dishonor that seek after my soul: Let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise against me.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek after my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that devise my hurt:

English Revised Version
Let them be ashamed and brought to dishonour that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

World English Bible
Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded.

Young's Literal Translation
They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned backward and confounded, Those devising my evil.
Study Bible
Contend with those who Contend with Me
3Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, "I am your salvation." 4Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. 5Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on.…
Cross References
Psalm 38:12
Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have threatened destruction, And they devise treachery all day long.

Psalm 40:14
Let those be ashamed and humiliated together Who seek my life to destroy it; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.

Psalm 70:2
Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.

Psalm 71:13
Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.

Psalm 83:17
Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish,

Psalm 129:5
May all who hate Zion Be put to shame and turned backward;

Jeremiah 17:18
Let those who persecute me be put to shame, but as for me, let me not be put to shame; Let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed. Bring on them a day of disaster, And crush them with twofold destruction!
Treasury of Scripture

Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

confounded

Psalm 35:26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at my hurt…

Psalm 31:17,18 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called on you: let the …

Psalm 40:14,15 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul …

Psalm 70:2,3 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them …

Psalm 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of your righteousness all the day long: …

that

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

1 Samuel 23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where …

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: …

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and …

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

turned

Psalm 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

Isaiah 37:29 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into my …

Jeremiah 46:5 Why have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty …

John 18:6 As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, …

(4) Confounded.--Comp. Psalm 35:26.

Verse 4. - Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul. It appears from this that David's life is being sought, which only happened at two periods in his career:

(1) when he was a fugitive from Saul (1 Samuel 19:15 - 26:4); and

(2) during the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13 - 18:8).

The psalm therefore belongs to one or other of those periods, most probably to the former (see the introductory paragraph, and note the resemblance between this passage and 1 Samuel 20:1; 1 Samuel 22:23). Let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. Imprecations closely resembling these occur frequently in the Davidical psalms (see ver. 26; Psalm 40:14; Psalm 70:2; Psalm 71:13), and amount to a sort of commonplace, to be used whenever the machinations of his enemies against him are the subject that occupies his thought. Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul,.... This petition, and what follows, which seem to be by way of imprecation, are to be considered as prophecies of what would be, and as expressions of faith that so it should be; and are not to be drawn into examples, and to be imitated by private persons; nor are they contrary to those evangelical rules, which require men to love their enemies, and pray for them; to give place to wrath, and not meditate vengeance, nor take it: and so it was with David's enemies. Saul, who hunted after his soul or life, to take it away, was filled with shame and confusion, when David, having cut off the skirt of his garment, held it up to him; by which he was convinced that his life was in his hands, and he did not take it away, though he was seeking after his: and so it will fare with the enemies of Christ, the Jews; who sought to take away his life and did take it away, when they shall see him come in the clouds of heaven, whom they have pierced; and in like manner will it be with the enemies of all his people, whom nothing will content but their lives, when they shall see the lambs they have worried and butchered on Christ's right hand, and they on the left; and to the sheep said, Come, ye blessed; and to them, Go, ye cursed, Matthew 25:34;

let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt; as Saul did David's, even when he made the most specious show of affection and respect unto him, as well as when he more openly persecuted him; and more than once was he turned back with shame, and departed home; see 1 Samuel 24:22. The Jews, that came to apprehend Christ, together with the Roman soldiers, and who had devised and intended his hurt, went backward, and fell to the ground with shame and confusion, when, having asked them who they sought, and they had replied, told them he was the person; and how often has it been, that when wicked men have devised, deceitful matters against the members of Christ, that their counsel has been carried headlong, they have not been able to perform their enterprises; a hook has been put into their nose, and a bridle in their jaws, and they have been turned back the way they came, with shame and disgrace. 4. (Compare Ps 9:17).

devise my hurt—purpose for evil to me.35:1-10 It is no new thing for the most righteous men, and the most righteous cause, to meet with enemies. This is a fruit of the old enmity in the seed of the serpent against the Seed of the woman. David in his afflictions, Christ in his sufferings, the church under persecution, and the Christian in the hour temptation, all beseech the Almighty to appear in their behalf, and to vindicate their cause. We are apt to justify uneasiness at the injuries men do us, by our never having given them cause to use us so ill; but this should make us easy, for then we may the more expect that God will plead our cause. David prayed to God to manifest himself in his trial. Let me have inward comfort under all outward troubles, to support my soul. If God, by his Spirit, witness to our spirits that he is our salvation, we need desire no more to make us happy. If God is our Friend, no matter who is our enemy. By the Spirit of prophecy, David foretells the just judgments of God that would come upon his enemies for their great wickedness. These are predictions, they look forward, and show the doom of the enemies of Christ and his kingdom. We must not desire or pray for the ruin of any enemies, except our lusts and the evil spirits that would compass our destruction. A traveller benighted in a bad road, is an expressive emblem of a sinner walking in the slippery and dangerous ways of temptation. But David having committed his cause to God, did not doubt of his own deliverance. The bones are the strongest parts of the body. The psalmist here proposes to serve and glorify God with all his strength. If such language may be applied to outward salvation, how much more will it apply to heavenly things in Christ Jesus!
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