Psalm 40:14
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New International Version
May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

New Living Translation
May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace.

English Standard Version
Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let those who seek to take my life be disgraced and confounded. Let those who wish me harm be driven back and humiliated.

International Standard Version
May those who seek to destroy my life be ashamed and confounded; let them be driven backwards and humiliated, particularly those who wish me evil.

NET Bible
May those who are trying to snatch away my life be totally embarrassed and ashamed! May those who want to harm me be turned back and ashamed!

New Heart English Bible
Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They shall be ashamed and put to shame, those who seek to kill my soul; they shall turn their behind and they shall be put to shame, those who seek my affliction!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let all those who seek to end my life be confused and put to shame. Let those who want my downfall be turned back and disgraced.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them be ashamed and abashed together That seek after my soul to sweep it away; Let them be turned backward and brought to confusion That delight in my hurt.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my life to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

American King James Version
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

American Standard Version
Let them be put to shame and confounded together That seek after my soul to destroy it: Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor That delight in my hurt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them be confounded and ashamed together, that seek after my soul to take it away. Let them be turned backward and be ashamed that desire evils to me.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be turned backward and confounded that take pleasure in mine adversity;

English Revised Version
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it: let them be turned backward and brought to dishonour that delight in my hurt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

World English Bible
Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt.

Young's Literal Translation
They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are seeking my soul to destroy it, They are turned backward, And are ashamed, who are desiring my evil.
Study Bible
I Waited Patiently for the Lord
13Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; Make haste, O LORD, to help me. 14Let 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. 15Let those be appalled because of their shame Who say to me, "Aha, aha!"…
Cross References
Psalm 35:4
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

Psalm 35:26
Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress; Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.

Psalm 54:3
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

Psalm 63:9
But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth.

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 119:95
The wicked wait for me to destroy me; I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.

Jeremiah 14:3
"Their nobles have sent their servants for water; They have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been put to shame and humiliated, And they cover their heads.
Treasury of Scripture

Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Let them be ashamed. The verbs in the preceding verse, in which the psalmist simply prays for deliverance, are in the imperative; but here, and in the following verses, they are in the future tense, and naturally express the language of lively faith and hope, rather than that of wishing the destruction foreseen and predicted.

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

Psalm 35:4,26 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: …

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

Psalm 71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; …

Isaiah 41:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against you shall be ashamed …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

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Matthew 21:38-41 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

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Psalm 9:3 When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence.

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

Acts 9:4-6 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, …

Acts 12:23,24 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

Verse 14. - Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward, and put to shame, that wish me evil. The remainder of the psalm from this point is detached later on in the Psalter, and becomes a separate psalm - the seventieth. Whether the detachment was the work of David or another, is uncertain. The differences between the two versions are slight (see the comment on Psalm 70.). The present verse repeats almost exactly Psalm 35:4 and 26. It is again repeated, with slight variations, in Psalm 71:13. Let them be ashamed and confounded together,.... As they will be at the last day, when they shall see him whom they have pierced come in the clouds of heaven, in his own and his Father's glory, and in the glory of the holy angels;

that seek after my soul to destroy it; that is, his life, as did Herod in his infancy, and the Scribes and Pharisees, chief priests and elders of the people of the Jews, frequently, and at last accomplished what they sought after;

let them be driven backward; as those were who came with Judas into the garden to apprehend him, John 18:6;

and put to shame that wish me evil: as did the Jews, who sought all opportunities to ensnare him, and that they might have to accuse him to the Roman governor; and who earnestly desired his crucifixion, and vehemently wished his death; see Psalm 41:5. 14, 15. The language is not necessarily imprecatory, but rather a confident expectation (Ps 5:11), though the former sense is not inconsistent with Christ's prayer for the forgiveness of His murderers, inasmuch as their confusion and shame might be the very means to prepare them for humbly seeking forgiveness (compare Ac 2:37).40:11-17 The best saints see themselves undone, unless continually preserved by the grace of God. But see the frightful view the psalmist had of sin. This made the discovery of a Redeemer so welcome. In all his reflections upon each step of his life, he discovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins in their own colours, must distract us, if we have not at the same time some sight of a Saviour. If Christ has triumphed over our spiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more than conquerors. This may encourage all that seek God and love his salvation, to rejoice in him, and to praise him. No griefs nor poverty can render those miserable who fear the Lord. Their God, and all that he has or does, is the ground of their joy. The prayer of faith can unlock his fulness, which is adapted to all their wants. The promises are sure, the moment of fulfilment hastens forward. He who once came in great humility, shall come again in glorious majesty.
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