Psalm 38:12
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New International Version
Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery.

English Standard Version
Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who seek my life set traps, and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me; they plot treachery all day long.

International Standard Version
Those who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek to do me harm brag all day long about their wicked planning.

NET Bible
Those who seek my life try to entrap me; those who want to harm me speak destructive words; all day long they say deceitful things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those who seek my life and seek my affliction took me and have spoken lies and have been meditating deceit all day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who seek my life lay traps for me. Those who are out to harm me talk about ruining me. All day long they think of ways to deceive me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that seek after my life lay snares for me, and those that seek my hurt speak calamities and imagine deceits all the day long.

King James 2000 Bible
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and plan deceit all the day long.

American King James Version
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

American Standard Version
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me ; And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, And meditate deceits all the day long.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that sought my soul used violence. And they that sought evils to me spoke vain things, and studied deceits all the day long.

Darby Bible Translation
And they that seek after my life lay snares [for me]; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all the day long.

English Revised Version
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Webster's Bible Translation
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

World English Bible
They also who seek after my life lay snares. Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all day long.

Young's Literal Translation
And those seeking my soul lay a snare, And those seeking my evil Have spoken mischievous things, And they do deceits meditate all the day.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:12-22 Wicked men hate goodness, even when they benefit by it. David, in the complaints he makes of his enemies, seems to refer to Christ. But our enemies do us real mischief only when they drive us from God and our duty. The true believer's trouble will be made useful; he will learn to wait for his God, and will not seek relief from the world or himself. The less we notice the unkindness and injuries that are done us, the more we consult the quiet of our own minds. David's troubles were the chastisement and the consequence of his transgressions, whilst Christ suffered for our sins and ours only. What right can a sinner have to yield to impatience or anger, when mercifully corrected for his sins? David was very sensible of the present workings of corruption in him. Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God's deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, Be not far from me. The Lord will hasten to help those who trust in him as their salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - They also that seek after my life lay snares for me. To the desertion of friends is added the persecution of enemies, who take advantage of the debility and prostration caused by sickness to plot against the writer's life, to "lay snares for him," and devise evil against him. Those who assign the psalm to David suppose the devices described in 2 Samuel 15:1-6 to he referred to. And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long; literally, speak malignity; i.e. calumniate me - bring false accusations against me (comp. 2 Samuel 16:7, 8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They also that seek after my life,.... His avowed and implacable enemies, whom nothing would satisfy but the taking away of his life: these came too near him; for these, he says,

lay snares for me, as Satan does for the souls of men, as the Jews did for Christ, and as wicked men do for the saints, Psalm 124:7;

and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things; to the injury of his character and reputation:

and imagine deceits all the day long; contrive artful schemes to deceive; see Psalm 35:20.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. seek after my life—(1Sa 20:1; 22:23).

Psalm 38:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, Don't Rebuke Me in Your Wrath
11My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off. 12Those 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. 13But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.…
Cross References
Psalm 35:4
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

Psalm 35:20
They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.

Psalm 41:5
My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die and his name perish?"

Psalm 43:1
Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.

Psalm 54:3
Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me-- people without regard for God.

Psalm 140:5
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.

Psalm 141:9
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.

Proverbs 24:2
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
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They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

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