Psalm 57:6
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New International Version
They spread a net for my feet-- I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path-- but they have fallen into it themselves.

New Living Translation
My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude

English Standard Version
They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

New American Standard Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.

King James Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They prepared a net for my steps; I was despondent. They dug a pit ahead of me, but they fell into it! Selah

International Standard Version
They have set a snare for my feet, which makes me depressed. They dug a pit in front of me, but they are the ones who fell into it! Interlude

NET Bible
They have prepared a net to trap me; I am discouraged. They have dug a pit for me. They will fall into it! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They prepared a net for my feet and they have dug a ditch for my soul and they fell into it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[My enemies] spread out a net to catch me. (My soul is bowed down.) They dug a pit to trap me, but then they fell into it. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have prepared a net for my steps, My soul is bowed down; They have digged a pit before me, They are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

New American Standard 1977
They have prepared a net for my steps;
            My soul is bowed down;
            They dug a pit before me;
            They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they have dug a pit before me, into the midst of which they are fallen themselves. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dug a pit before me, into the midst of which they are fallen themselves. Selah.

American King James Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me, into the middle whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

American Standard Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down: They have digged a pit before me; They are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
They prepared a snare for my feet; and they bowed down my soul. They dug a pit before my face, and they are fallen into it.

Darby Bible Translation
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down: they have digged a pit before me; they are fallen into the midst thereof. Selah.

English Revised Version
They have prepared a net for my steps; thy soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me; they are fallen into the midst thereof themselves. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst of which they have fallen themselves. Selah.

World English Bible
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
A net they have prepared for my steps, Bowed down hath my soul, They have digged before me a pit, They have fallen into its midst. Selah.
Study Bible
My Soul Takes Refuge
5Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth. 6They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah. 7My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!…
Cross References
Psalm 7:15
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.

Psalm 10:9
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

Psalm 31:4
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 107:39
When they are diminished and bowed down Through oppression, misery and sorrow,

Psalm 119:85
The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.

Psalm 140:5
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah.

Psalm 141:10
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While I pass by safely.

Psalm 145:14
The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.
Treasury of Scripture

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me, into the middle whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

a net

Psalm 7:15,16 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 9:15,16 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Psalm 35:7,8 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a …

1 Samuel 23:22-26 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his …

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Micah 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …

my soul

Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember …

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. …

Psalm 143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

Matthew 26:37,38 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began …

(6) A net.--For this image, so common in Hebrew hymns, see Psalm 9:15, &c, and for that of the pit, Psalm 7:15, &c

My soul is bowed down.--The verb so rendered is everywhere else transitive. So LXX. and Vulg. here, "And have pressed down my soul." Despite the grammar, Ewald alters "my soul" into "their soul." But no conjecture of the kind restores the parallelism, which is here hopelessly lost. We expect,

They have prepared a net for my steps;

They are caught in it themselves.

Verses 6-11. - The strophe of "triumphant confidence" now begins, but with an echo from the strophe of complaint. The enemy is still at work, still plotting against the psalmist, still seeking to do him a mischief; but the efforts made are in vain. They only bring the enemy himself into trouble (ver. 6), and cause the psalmist to pour forth a song of joy (vers. 7-11). Verse 6. - They have prepared a net for my steps (comp. Psalm 9:15; Psalm 10:10; Psalm 25:15; Psalm 31:4; Psalm 35:7). These metaphors from the chase are peculiarly appropriate at the time when Saul was "hunting David upon the mountains" (1 Samuel 26:20). My soul is bowed down; rather, they have bowed down my soul; literally, he has bowed down; but the alternate use of the singular and the plural, without any real change of subject, is very common. They have digged a pit before me (comp. Psalm 7:15; Psalm 119:85). Into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Here is the first note of triumph - a very familiar note (Psalm 7:15; Psalm 9:15; Psalm 39:8; Psalm 141:10), but one always sounded with marked satisfaction. They have prepared a net for my steps,.... They laid snares for him, as the fowler does for the bird, in order to take him. It denotes the insidious ways used by Saul and his men to get David into their hands; so the Pharisees consulted together how they might entangle Christ in his talk, Matthew 22:15;

my soul is bowed down; dejected by reason of his numerous enemies, and the crafty methods they took to ensnare and ruin him; so the soul of Christ was bowed down with the sins of his people, and with a sense of divine wrath because of them; and so their souls are often bowed down; or they are dejected in their spirits, on account of sin, Satan's temptations, various afflictions, and divine desertions. The Targum renders it,

"he bowed down my soul;''

that is, the enemy; Saul in particular. The Septuagint, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, "they bowed down my soul"; the same that prepared a net for his steps; everyone of his enemies; they all were the cause of the dejection of his soul: the Syriac version leaves out the clause;

they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves; contriving and seeking to find out the places where David's haunt was, Saul got into the very cave where he and his men were; and had his skirt cut off, when his life might as easily have been taken away, 1 Samuel 23:22. See Psalm 7:15.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2. 6. (Compare Ps 7:15; 9:15, 16).57:1-6 All David's dependence is upon God. The most eminent believers need often repeat the publican's prayer, God be merciful to me a sinner. But if our souls trust in the Lord, this may assure us, in our utmost dangers, that our calamities will at length be overpast, and in the mean time, by faith and prayer, we must make him our refuge. Though God be most high, yet he condescends so low, as to take care that all things are made to work for good to his people. This is a good reason why we should pray earnestly. Look which way we will on this earth, refuge fails, no help appears; but we may look for it from heaven. If we have fled from the wrath to come, unto Jesus Christ, he that performed all things needful to purchase the salvation of his people, will do for us and in us all things needful for our enjoyment of it. It made David droop to think there should be those that bore him so much ill-will. But the mischief they designed against him, returned on themselves. And when David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did not pray, Lord, exalt me, but, Lord, exalt thine own name. Our best encouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and to that, more than to our own comfort, we should have regard in all our petitions for mercy.
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