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

New Living Translation
For strangers are attacking me; violent people are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God. Interlude

English Standard Version
For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah

New American Standard Bible
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

King James Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For strangers rise up against me, and violent men seek my life. They have no regard for God. Selah

International Standard Version
For the arrogant have arisen against me; oppressors have sought to take my life. They do not keep God in mind! Interlude

NET Bible
For foreigners attack me; ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because foreigners stood up against me and the mighty have sought my soul and have not considered you, oh, God!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strangers have attacked me. Ruthless people seek my life. They do not think about God. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
For strangers are risen up against me, And violent men have sought after my soul; They have not set God before them. Selah

New American Standard 1977
For strangers have risen against me,
            And violent men have sought my life;
            They have not set God before them. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul; they have not set God before them. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

American King James Version
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

American Standard Version
For strangers are risen up against me, And violent men have sought after my soul: They have not set God before them. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not set God before them. Selah.

English Revised Version
For strangers are risen up against me, and violent men have sought after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
For strangers have risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

World English Bible
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
For strangers have risen up against me And terrible ones have sought my soul, They have not set God before them. Selah.
Study Bible
Vindicate me in Your Might
2Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah. 4Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?"

1 Samuel 25:29
"Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.

Psalm 18:48
He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.

Psalm 36:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.

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 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 86:14
O God, arrogant men have risen up against me, And a band of violent men have sought my life, And they have not set You before them.

Psalm 140:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men
Treasury of Scripture

For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

strangers

Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother's children.

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Job 19:13-15 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintance are truly …

oppressors

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed …

Psalm 59:3-5 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

Matthew 27:20-23 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they …

they have

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, …

Psalm 36:1 The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there …

Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

(3) For strangers.--This verse, with some variations, occurs again (Psalm 86:14); some MSS. even reading here "proud," instead of "strangers." With the received reading we must understand by the word "foreign oppressors"--though, doubtless, the inscription of the Psalm may be defended by taking the word in a derived sense of those Israelites who have degenerated, and so deserve the name "aliens."

Verse 3. - For strangers are risen up against me. David's designation of his foes as "strangers" has been made an argument against the trustworthiness of the "title," since the Ziphites were Israelites of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:55). But he might well call those "strangers" who were treating him as an alien. Comp. Psalm 120:5, where "the psalmist, heavily oppressed by his countrymen, complains that he dwelt in Mesheeh and Kedar" (Hengstenberg). And oppressors seek after my soul; or, my life. The phrase is exactly that used in 1 Samuel 23:15, when David was in the wilderness of Ziph, in a wood, and "saw that Saul was come out to seek his life." They have not set God before them (comp. Psalm 86:14). David, on the contrary, "set the Lord always before him" (Psalm 16:8). For strangers are risen up against me,.... Meaning such as Doeg the Edomite, or Heathen soldiers, that Saul had hired and took into his army, who were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; and such as these rose up against David's antitype, the Messiah, Psalm 2:1, Acts 4:27. Or rather the Ziphims, who were of his own nation, yea, of his own tribe, yet used him as barbarously as the very Heathens would have done, or worse; and who, though notwithstanding they were of Israel, might not be Israelites indeed, but strangers to an inward experience of divine and spiritual things: for men may be professors of religion, and yet be strangers to God in Christ, to Christ himself, and the way of salvation by him, and communion with him; to the Spirit of God, and the operations of his grace on the heart; to themselves, their own hearts, and their state and condition by nature; to the Gospel of Christ, and to the people of God; and these are sometimes the most violent persecutors of good and spiritual men;

and oppressors seek after my soul; or "life" (i), to take it away; as did Saul and his army; who are "the mighty" or "strong ones" (k), as the word here used signifies; see 1 Samuel 24:11; and as the Jewish sanhedrim, Scribes and Pharisees, sought after the soul or life of Christ, to take that away, as they did;

they have not set God before them. They did not consider themselves as under the omniscient eye of God; they did not set his word before them, as the rule of their conduct, but cast it behind their backs; nor did they regard his providential mercies and layouts as a motive to engage them to obedience to him, but despised them; they had not the fear of God before their eyes, nor in their hearts, nor any concern for his glory; and therefore did the wicked things they did against his servant.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(i) "vitam meam", Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis. (k) "fortes", V. L. Pagninus, Musculus, Gejerus; "praepotentes", Vatablus. 3. strangers—perhaps Ziphites.

oppressors—literally, "terrible ones" (Isa 13:11; 25:3). Such were Saul and his army.

not set … them—acted as atheists, without God's fear (compare Ps 16:8).54:1-3 God is faithful, though men are not to be trusted, and it is well for us it is so. David has no other plea to depend upon than God's name, no other power to depend upon than God's strength, and these he makes his refuge and confidence. This would be the effectual answer to his prayers. Looking unto David, betrayed by the men of Judah, and to Jesus, betrayed by one of his apostles, what can we expect from any who have not set God before them, save ingratitude, treachery, malice, and cruelty? What bonds of nature, or friendship, or gratitude, or covenant, will hold those that have broken through the fear of God? Selah; Mark this. Let us set God before us at all times; for if we do not, we are in danger of despair.
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