Psalm 49:5
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New International Version
Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--

New Living Translation
Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me?

English Standard Version
Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,

New American Standard Bible
Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,

King James Bible
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why should I fear in times of trouble? The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.

International Standard Version
Why should I be afraid when evil days come my way, when the wickedness of those who deceive me surrounds me—

NET Bible
Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me?

New Heart English Bible
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I will not fear in the evil days; the evil of my enemies surrounds me:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when slanderers surround me with evil?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When the iniquity of my supplanters compasseth me about,

New American Standard 1977
Why should I fear in days of adversity,
            When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why should I fear in the days of adversity when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

King James 2000 Bible
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels shall surround me?

American King James Version
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

American Standard Version
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why shall I fear in the evil day? the iniquity of my heel shall encompass me.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters encompasseth me? --

English Revised Version
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall encompass me?

World English Bible
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?

Young's Literal Translation
Why do I fear in days of evil? The iniquity of my supplanters doth compass me.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
49:1-5 We seldom meet with a more solemn introduction: there is no truth of greater importance. Let all hear this with application to ourselves. The poor are in danger from undue desire toward the wealth of the world, as rich people from undue delight in it. The psalmist begins with applying it to himself, and that is the right method in which to treat of Divine things. Before he sets down the folly of carnal security, he lays down, from his own experience, the benefit and comfort of a holy, gracious security, which they enjoy who trust in God, and not in their worldly wealth. In the day of judgment, the iniquity of our heels, or of our steps, our past sins, will compass us. In those days, worldly, wicked people will be afraid; but wherefore should a man fear death who has God with him?
Study Bible
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
4I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp. 5Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me, 6Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?…
Cross References
Genesis 2:11
The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Psalm 94:13
That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, Until a pit is dug for the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Wherefore

Psalm 27:1,2 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 46:1,2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Isaiah 41:10,11 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that …

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an …

days

Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

iniquity

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities are gone over my head: as an heavy burden they …

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: …

heels

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives …

Genesis 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites …

1 Samuel 26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face …

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