Psalm 55:3
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New International Version
because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.

New Living Translation
My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.

English Standard Version
because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

New American Standard Bible
Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

King James Bible
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because of the enemy's voice, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger.

International Standard Version
because of the voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the wicked. They bring down evil upon me, and in anger they hate me.

NET Bible
because of what the enemy says, and because of how the wicked pressure me, for they hurl trouble down upon me and angrily attack me.

New Heart English Bible
Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked. For they bring suffering on me. In anger they hold a grudge against me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of my enemies and because of the affliction of the evil, because the evil have prayed against me and they regarded me with malice!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because my enemy shouts at me and a wicked person persecutes me. They bring misery crashing down on me, and they attack me out of anger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked; For they cast mischief upon me, And in anger they persecute me.

New American Standard 1977
Because of the voice of the enemy,
            Because of the pressure of the wicked;
            For they bring down trouble upon me,
            And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because of the voice of the enemy because of the oppression of the wicked; for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

King James 2000 Bible
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

American King James Version
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity on me, and in wrath they hate me.

American Standard Version
Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked; For they cast iniquity upon me, And in anger they persecute me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
at the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. For they have cast iniquities upon me: and in wrath they were troublesome to me.

Darby Bible Translation
Because of the voice of the enemy; because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in anger they persecute me.

English Revised Version
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they cast iniquity upon me, and in anger they persecute me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

World English Bible
Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked. For they bring suffering on me. In anger they hold a grudge against me.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of the voice of an enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked, For they cause sorrow to move against me, And in anger they hate me.
Study Bible
Cast Your Cares on the Lord
2Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, 3Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me. 4My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:7
Thus Shimei said when he cursed, "Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!

2 Samuel 16:8
"The LORD has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!"

Job 30:15
"Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

Psalm 17:9
From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me.

Psalm 71:11
Saying, "God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver."

Psalm 143:3
For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
Treasury of Scripture

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity on me, and in wrath they hate me.

oppression

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 54:3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after …

Psalm 73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Lamentations 3:34-36 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth…

for they

Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses …

Psalm 35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom said to him, See, your matters are good and right; but …

2 Samuel 16:7,8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody …

2 Samuel 19:19 And said to the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity to me…

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

(3) Oppressor.--This meaning of a rare word is secured from Amos 2:13.

Cast iniquity.--Better, roll mischief. The figure seems to be drawn from the practice of rolling stones down on an enemy from a height. In Psalm 140:10 the same verb is used of rolling burning coals on a foe.

Hate me.--Better, persecute me.

Verse 3. - Because of the voles of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. Professor Cheyne says that by "the wicked" heathen men are primarily intended. But רשׁע - the word used - is" the wicked man," in the simplest and widest sense (see Psalm 1:1, 4, 5, 6; Psalm 7:9; Psalm 9:16, etc.). For they cast iniquity upon me; or, "hurl wickedness at me" (Cheyne). And in wrath they hats me; rather, they persecute me (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Revised Version). Because of the voice of the enemy,.... Of Absalom, as Arama; or of Ahithophel, who gave out he would smite the king only, 2 Samuel 17:2; and so of any spiritual enemy, as sin, Satan, and the world, when they threaten dominion and tyranny; and of the Scribes and Pharisees reproaching Christ, as being a Samaritan, and having a devil, and doing his miracles by his assistance; menacing, insulting, and triumphing over him, when on the cross;

because of the oppression of the wicked; of Absalom or Ahithophel, as Arama; who conspired against David, and obliged him to quit his palace, and the city of Jerusalem; and is applicable to the troubles which surround the people of God, from every quarter, by wicked men, and to our Lord's being enclosed by them at the time of his Crucifixion, Psalm 22:12;

for they cast iniquity upon me; laid things to his charge he knew not: so wicked men falsely accuse the good conversation of the saints; and so the Jews imputed crimes to Christ he was innocent of; as immorality, sedition, blasphemy, &c.

and in wrath they hate me; as they do all the people of God, because chosen and called, and separated from them: and so they did Christ, and with a mortal hatred, though without a cause. 3. oppression—literally, "persecution."

they … iniquity—literally, "they make evil doings slide upon me."55:1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is a salve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under every burden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure, lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them. David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon the breaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away of the people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance of his sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. When under a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, and even strong believers have for a time been filled with horror. But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when it pleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul an offering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly, and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him, we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. See how David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, and the cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed to hide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of his people. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness, so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men most earnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed and wearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to a child of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms and tempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest.
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