Psalm 55:13
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New International Version
But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,

New Living Translation
Instead, it is you--my equal, my companion and close friend.

English Standard Version
But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.

New American Standard Bible
But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;

King James Bible
But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend!

International Standard Version
but it is you— a man whom I treated as my equal— my personal confidant, my close friend!

NET Bible
But it is you, a man like me, my close friend in whom I confided.

New Heart English Bible
But it was you, a man like me, my companion, and my familiar friend.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it is you, a man like me, my neighbor and my friend.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But it is you, my equal, my best friend, one I knew so well!

JPS Tanakh 1917
But it was thou, a man mine equal, My companion, and my familiar friend;

New American Standard 1977
But it is you, a man my equal,
            My companion and my familiar friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But it was thou, who in my estimation was, my lord, and of my own family.

King James 2000 Bible
But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my close friend.

American King James Version
But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance.

American Standard Version
But it was thou, a man mine equal, My companion, and my familiar friend.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou a man of one mind, my guide, and my familiar,

Darby Bible Translation
But it was thou, a man mine equal, mine intimate, my familiar friend. ...

English Revised Version
But it was thou, a man mine equal, my companion, and my familiar friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
But it was thou, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance.

World English Bible
But it was you, a man like me, my companion, and my familiar friend.

Young's Literal Translation
But thou, a man -- as mine equal, My familiar friend, and mine acquaintance.
Study Bible
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him. 13But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend; 14We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 15:12
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.

Job 19:5
"If indeed you vaunt yourselves against me And prove my disgrace to me,

Job 19:14
"My relatives have failed, And my intimate friends have forgotten me.

Job 19:19
"All my associates abhor me, And those I love have turned against me.

Psalm 41:9
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
Treasury of Scripture

But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance.

a man mine equal [heb.] a man according to my rank, my guide

2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, …

2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counceled in those days, …

Jeremiah 9:4 Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any …

Micah 7:5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep …

mine acquaintance

John 19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth…

Matthew 26:47-50 And while he yet spoke, see, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and …

Mark 14:44,45 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever …

Luke 22:21,47,48 But, behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table…

(13) But it was . . .--Better, But thou art a man of my own standing. The word erek is used (Exodus 40:23) of the row of loaves constituting the shewbread, and the cognate verb means "to arrange." Here it may denote rank, but more probably the expression is man of my assessment, and so of the same importance in society. (Comp. Leviticus 5:15; 2Kings 12:4.) The LXX. and Vulgate have "of one soul with me." Symmachus, "of like disposition." This sense may be implied, though not expressed in the Hebrew.

Guide.--So the old versions: the Hebrew word does denote the head of a tribe or family (Genesis 36:15, &c, "duke"), but that meaning seems excluded here by the previous description. Render, companion.

Verse 13. - But it was thou, a man mine equal; literally, a man according to my valuing; i.e. one of my social rank, with whom I was on familiar terms. My guide; or, "my companion." But the LXX. have ἡγέμων. And mine acquaintance. "My confidant" (Kay); "my familiar friend" (Cheyne, and Revised Version). But it was thou,.... The Targum is, "but thou Ahithophel"; of whom the words are literally to be understood, and so they are in the Talmud (u); and mystically and typically of Judas;

a man mine equal; "a man", and not a beast, nor a devil; but a man, from whom humanity, kindness, and tenderness might have been expected; though both Ahithophel and Judas acted the part of a devil; and the latter is expressly called one, John 6:70; "mine equal"; or like unto me; as the Targum. Ahithophel was not equal to David in dignity, as the king of Israel; nor in gifts, as the sweet psalmist of Israel; nor in grace as he; but as a man, a mortal dying man: kings and subjects are of the same blood, equally liable to death, and in the grave will be manifestly on a level: or rather the sense is, that he was in his esteem and affliction as himself; he was his friend that he loved as his own soul: so Judas could not be in every sense equal to Christ who is Jehovah's fellow, and thought it no robbery to be equal with God. Indeed as a man he was like unto him; a frail, mortal man, though not sinless as Christ. The word may be rendered "according to my appointment" (w), ordination, or constitution; Judas being a man appointed and ordained to be an apostle of Christ with the rest: or, "according to my esteem" (x); being had in great esteem and familiarity with Christ: or, "according to my order" (y), rank and class; being taken into his family, admitted to his table, where be sat down and ate with him, as if he was his equal;

my guide: or "governor" (z). Ahithophel was not governor over David; but was made a governor by him: he was one of his dukes or nobles, as the word is rendered in Genesis 36:15, was raised to great dignity by him; perhaps was chief minister of state: it is certain he was his counsellor, and his counsel was with him as the oracle of God, 1 Chronicles 27:33; he was his guide in civil affairs; he was directed by his advice, and it may be was president of his privy council. Judas was not only the guide of them to Christ who took him, Acts 1:16; but when the apostles were sent out two by two before the face of Christ, to preach where he himself should come, Judas was sent also, Mark 6:7;

and mine acquaintance: one well known to him, as Ahithophel was to David, and Judas to Christ, his friend and companion, in whom he confided, and who ate of his bread; and all these characters are so many aggravations of his treachery and wickedness.

(u) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 106. 2. Pirke Abot, c. 6. s. 3.((w) "Secundum dispositionem, sc. ordinationem et constitutionem meam", Calvinus in Michaelis. (x) "Juxta estimationem meam", Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "qui par mihi estimatus est", Piscator. (y) "Secundum ordinem meum", Mollerus. (z) "dux meus", Pagninus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "princeps meus", Cocceius. 13. guide—literally, "friend" (Pr 16:28; 17:9).

acquaintance—in Hebrew, a yet more intimate associate.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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