Psalm 55:10
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New International Version
Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.

New Living Translation
Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city.

English Standard Version
Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;

New American Standard Bible
Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

King James Bible
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

Christian Standard Bible
day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;

Contemporary English Version
and they are like guards on patrol day and night. The city is full of trouble, evil,

Good News Translation
surrounding it day and night, filling it with crime and trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;

International Standard Version
Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.

NET Bible
Day and night they walk around on its walls, while wickedness and destruction are within it.

New Heart English Bible
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By day and by night they go around its walls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Day and night they go around on [top of] the city walls. Trouble and misery are everywhere.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

New American Standard 1977
Day and night they go around her upon her walls; And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; iniquity also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

King James 2000 Bible
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

American King James Version
Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it.

American Standard Version
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Day and night shall iniquity surround it upon its walls: and in the midst thereof are labour,

Darby Bible Translation
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it.

English Revised Version
Day and night they go about upon the walls thereof: iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Day and night they go about it upon its walls: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

World English Bible
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.

Young's Literal Translation
By day and by night they go round it, on its walls. Both iniquity and perverseness are in its midst,
Study Bible
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
9Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst. 11Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.…
Cross References
Psalm 12:8
The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Psalm 55:9
Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Psalm 55:11
Destruction is in her midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets.
Treasury of Scripture

Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it.

Day

Psalm 59:6,14,15 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round …

1 Samuel 19:11 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to …

2 Samuel 17:1,2 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie …

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

John 18:3,28 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief …

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates …

mischief

2 Samuel 16:21,22 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, …

Isaiah 59:6-15 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves …

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through …

Zephaniah 3:1-3 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!…

(10) They go.--It is quite in keeping with the Hebrew style to suppose mischief and strife personified here as the ancient versions do, and not only occupying the city as inhabitants, but prowling about its walls. So in the next verse corruption (see Psalm 5:9, Note), deceit, and guile are personified. Comp. Virgil's

"ubique

Luctus, ubique Pavor, et plurima mortis imago."

Verse 10. - Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof. "It is not a siege or blockade that is described; and the persons spoken of are not foreign, but native enemies. These are compared to watchmen on the walls; only, instead of keeping watch against the enemy, they 'watch for iniquity' "(Cheyne). Mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it; rather, iniquity also and trouble. Compare the "violence and strife" of ver. 9. Society is disorganized. It is not only that wickedness prevails, but throughout the city there is violence and contention. Day and night they go about it, upon the walls thereof,.... That is, "violence" and "strife" go about the walls of it continually; men of violence and contention are the only watchmen of it: a city must be sadly guarded that has no better watch than this;

mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it; it was full of wickedness within and without; the city, as Aben Ezra observes, was like a circle; violence and strife were as a line round about it, and mischief and sorrow the centre of it: and these two commonly go together; where mischief is, sorrow follows. 10, 11. which is described in detail (compare Ps 7:14-16).55:9-15 No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. Let us not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. God often destroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. And an interest divided against itself cannot long stand. The true Christian must expect trials from professed friends, from those with whom he has been united; this will be very painful; but by looking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ was betrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel in his crimes and doom. Both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. And this prayer is a prophecy of the utter, the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and rebel against the Messiah.
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