Psalm 59:8
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New International Version
But you laugh at them, LORD; you scoff at all those nations.

New Living Translation
But LORD, you laugh at them. You scoff at all the hostile nations.

English Standard Version
But you, O LORD, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

New American Standard Bible
But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.

King James Bible
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But You laugh at them, LORD; You ridicule all the nations.

International Standard Version
But you, LORD, will laugh at them; you will mock all the nations.

NET Bible
But you, O LORD, laugh in disgust at them; you taunt all the nations.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you, Lord Jehovah, laugh at them, and mock at all the nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, you laugh at them. You make fun of all the nations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the Gentiles in derision.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, O LORD, shall laugh at them; you shall have all the nations in derision.

American King James Version
But you, O LORD, shall laugh at them; you shall have all the heathen in derision.

American Standard Version
But thou, O Jehovah, wilt laugh at them; Thou wilt have all the nations in derision.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them: thou shalt bring all the nations to nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Jehovah, wilt laugh at them; thou wilt have all the nations in derision.

English Revised Version
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

World English Bible
But you, Yahweh, laugh at them. You scoff at all the nations.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou, O Jehovah dost laugh at them, Thou dost mock at all the nations.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

59:8-17 It is our wisdom and duty, in times of danger and difficulty, to wait upon God; for he is our defence, in whom we shall be safe. It is very comfortable to us, in prayer, to look to God as the God of our mercy, the Author of all good in us, and the Giver of all good to us. The wicked can never be satisfied, which is the greatest misery in a poor condition. A contented man, if he has not what he would have, yet he does not quarrel with Providence, nor fret within himself. It is not poverty, but discontent that makes a man unhappy. David would praise God because he had many times, and all along, found Him his refuge in the day of trouble. He that is all this to us, is certainly worthy of our best affections, praises, and services. The trials of his people will end in joy and praise. When the night of affliction is over, they will sing of the Lord's power and mercy in the morning. Let believers now, in assured faith and hope, praise Him for those mercies, for which they will rejoice and praise him for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them (comp. Psalm 2:4). Thou shalt have all the heathen in derision (see the comment on ver. 5, and particularly the explanation there given of "all the heathen").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But thou, O Lord, shall laugh at them,.... Disappoint their counsels, hinder them from performing their enterprise; send them back with shame and confusion, and expose them to the laughter and derision of others; as Saul's messengers were, when instead of David they found an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for its bolster, 1 Samuel 19:16; the same is said as here with respect to the enemies of Christ, Psalm 2:4;

thou shall have all the Heathen in derision: either David's enemies, who, though Israelites, yet acted like Heathens to him, as in Psalm 59:5; or the Gentiles that were gathered together against Christ, Psalm 2:1; or the antichristian states and powers, who will be triumphed over at the time of their ruin, Revelation 18:20; and even all the wicked at the last day, Proverbs 1:26.

The Treasury of David

8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.

Psalm 59:8

"But thou, O Lord, shall laugh at them." He speaks to God as to one who is close at hand. He points to the liers in wait and speaks to God about them. They are laughing at me, and longing for my destruction, but thou hast the laugh of them seeing thou hast determined to send them away without their victim, and made fools of by Michal. The greatest, cleverest, and most malicious of the enemies of the church are only objects of ridicule to the Lord; their attempts are utterly futile, they need give no concern to our faith. "Thou shalt have all the heathen in derision." As if David had said - What are these fellows who lie in ambush? And what is the king their master, if God be on my side? If not only these but all the heathen nations were besetting the house, yet Jehovah would readily enough disappoint them and deliver me. In the end of all things it will be seen how utterly contemptible and despicable are all the enemies of the cause and kingdom of God. He is a brave man who sees this to-day when the enemy is in great power, and while the church is often as one shut up and besieged in his house.

Psalm 59:9

"Because of his strength will I wait upon thee." Is my persecutor strong? Then, my God, for this very reason I will turn myself to thee, and leave my matters in thy hand. It is a wise thing to find in the greatness of our difficulties a reason for casting ourselves upon the Lord.

"And when it seems no chance nor change

From grief can set me free,

Hope finds its strength in helplessness,

And, patient, waits on thee."

"For God is my defence," my high place, my fortress, the place of my resort in the time of my danger. If the foe be too strong for me to cope with him, I will retreat into my castle, where he cannot reach me.

Psalm 59:10

"The God of my mercy shall prevent me." God who is the giver and fountain of all the undeserved goodness I have received, will go before me and lead my way as I march onward. He will meet me in my time of need. Not alone shall I have to confront my foes, but he whose goodness I have long tried and proved will gently clear my way, and be my faithful protector. How frequently have we met with preventing mercy - the supply prepared before the need occurred, the refuge built before the danger arose. Far ahead into the future the foreseeing grace of heaven has projected itself, and forestalled every difficulty. "God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies." Observe that the words, "my desire," are not in the original. From the Hebrew we are taught that David expected to see his enemies without fear. God will enable his servant to gaze steadily upon the foe without trepidation; he shall be calm, and self possessed, in the hour of peril; and ere long he shall look down on the same foes discomfited, overthrown, destroyed. When Jehovah leads the way victory follows at his heels. See God, and you need not fear to see your enemies. Thus the hunted David, besieged in his own house by traitors, looks only to God, and exults over his enemies.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. (Compare Ps 2:4; 37:13).

Psalm 59:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Deliver Me from My Enemies, My God
7Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, "Who hears?" 8But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations. 9Because of his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:4
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

Psalm 37:13
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

Proverbs 1:26
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--
Treasury of Scripture

But you, O LORD, shall laugh at them; you shall have all the heathen in derision.

Thou

Psalm 2:4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

Psalm 37:13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming.

1 Samuel 19:15,16 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him …

Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;

heathen

Psalm 59:5 You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit …

Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but …

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