Psalm 59:4
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New International Version
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight!

New Living Translation
I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me!

English Standard Version
for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. Awake, come to meet me, and see!

New American Standard Bible
For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me. Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!

King James Bible
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no fault of mine, they run and take up a position. Awake to help me, and take notice.

International Standard Version
Without any fault on my part, they rush together and prepare themselves. Get up! Come help me! Pay attention!

NET Bible
Though I have done nothing wrong, they are anxious to attack. Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me!

New Heart English Bible
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Rise up, look, and help me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That it is not by my foolishness they have run against me and were prepared against me, awake and see!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
or any sin, or any guilt on my part. They hurry to take positions against me. Wake up, and help me; see [for yourself].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Without my fault, they run and prepare themselves; Awake Thou to help me, and behold.

New American Standard 1977
For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
            Arouse Thyself to help me, and see!

Jubilee Bible 2000
They run and prepare themselves when I have committed no iniquity; awake to help me and behold.

King James 2000 Bible
They run and prepare themselves apart from my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

American King James Version
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

American Standard Version
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: Awake thou to help me, and behold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither is it my iniquity, nor my sin, O Lord: without iniquity have I run, and directed my steps.

Darby Bible Translation
They run and prepare themselves without [my] fault: awake to meet me, and behold.

English Revised Version
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake thou to help me, and behold.

Webster's Bible Translation
They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

World English Bible
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Rise up, behold, and help me!

Young's Literal Translation
Without punishment they run and prepare themselves, Stir up to meet me, and see.
Study Bible
Deliver Me from My Enemies, My God
3For behold, they have set an ambush for my life; Fierce men launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD, 4For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me. Arouse Yourself to help me, and see! 5You, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:6
Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries, And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.

Psalm 35:19
Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.

Psalm 35:23
Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.

run

1 Samuel 19:12-24 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped…

Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Acts 23:15 Now therefore you with the council signify to the chief captain that …

Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

awake

Psalm 5:6 You shall destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the …

Psalm 35:23 Stir up yourself, and awake to my judgment, even to my cause, my …

Psalm 44:23 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the …

help me [heb.] meet me

(4) They run and prepare.--These words might both be taken in a military sense. For "run," see Psalm 18:29; Job 15:26; Job 16:14.

Help me.--Literally, as in margin, meet. It is found in a hostile sense, and never in the sense of helping. A suggested emendation, "Awake to my calling, and behold," removes the difficulty.

Verse 4. - They run and prepare themselves without my fault; or, "establish themselves" - "take up their position" (so Hengstenberg, Kay, and Professor Cheyne). Awake to help me (see the comment on Psalm 44:23). And behold; i.e. "see how things are - how innocent I am; how unjust and cruel are my enemies!" They run and prepare themselves without my fault,.... Or, "without sin in me"; or "without punishment in them"; so the same word is rendered, 1 Samuel 28:10. "They run", in an hostile manner, "against me", as the Syriac version adds; or like dogs up and down, about the city, to find him and kill him; see Psalm 59:7. Or this may denote their readiness and swiftness to shed blood, Proverbs 1:16; "and prepare themselves" with weapon, with instruments of death, as the men did that were sent to kill him; and as the band of men that came with Judas to take Christ prepared themselves with swords and staves. The Targum is,

"they order or ordain war;''

which they prosecuted without any occasion of it from him, and wilt, impunity in them. Wherefore it follows,

awake to help me; or "to meet me" (n); see Genesis 46:29; with succour and supplies, and to deliver out of the hands of enemies. The Lord, though he neither slumbers nor sleeps, yet seems to be asleep when he does not arise to help his people, but suffers the enemy to prevail; and when he seems to take no notice of their case, but hides his eyes, and shuts them as a man asleep. Hence the following petition,

and behold; the distress the psalmist was in, and the wickedness and malice of his enemies against him.

(n) "in occursum meum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus, Michaelis. 4, 5. prepare, etc.—literally, "set themselves as in array."

awake—(Compare Ps 3:7; 7:6), appeals to God in His covenant relation to His people (Ps 9:18).59:1-7 In these words we hear the voice of David when a prisoner in his own house; the voice of Christ when surrounded by his merciless enemies; the voice of the church when under bondage in the world; and the voice of the Christian when under temptation, affliction, and persecution. And thus earnestly should we pray daily, to be defended and delivered from our spiritual enemies, the temptations of Satan, and the corruptions of our own hearts. We should fear suffering as evil-doers, but not be ashamed of the hatred of workers of iniquity. It is not strange, if those regard not what they themselves say, who have made themselves believe that God regards not what they say. And where there is no fear of God, there is nothing to secure proper regard to man.
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