Psalm 63:9
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New International Version
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.

New Living Translation
But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin. They will go down into the depths of the earth.

English Standard Version
But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth;

New American Standard Bible
But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth.

King James Bible
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But those who seek to destroy my life will go into the depths of the earth.

International Standard Version
But as for those who seek to destroy me, they will go down to the depths of the earth;

NET Bible
Enemies seek to destroy my life, but they will descend into the depths of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They have sought to destroy my soul; they will enter into the lower parts of the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But those who try to destroy my life will go into the depths of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, Shall go into the nethermost parts of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
            Will go into the depths of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But those that sought my soul, to destroy it, descended into the lower parts of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

American King James Version
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

American Standard Version
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they have sought my soul in vain, they shall go into the lower parts of the earth:

Darby Bible Translation
But those that seek my soul, to destroy [it], shall go into the lower parts of the earth;

English Revised Version
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
But those that seek my soul to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

World English Bible
But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And they who for desolation seek my soul, Go in to the lower parts of the earth.
Study Bible
God, You are My God
8My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. 9But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth. 10They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; They will be a prey for foxes.…
Cross References
Psalm 40:14
Let those be ashamed and humiliated together Who seek my life to destroy it; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.

Psalm 54:3
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

Psalm 55:15
Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

Psalm 139:15
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Ezekiel 31:14
so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the clouds, nor their well-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit."
Treasury of Scripture

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

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Psalm 35:4,26 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: …

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul …

Psalm 70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them …

1 Samuel 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul…

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Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 55:15,23 Let death seize on them, and let them go down quick into hell: for …

Psalm 86:13 For great is your mercy toward me: and you have delivered my soul …

Numbers 16:30-33 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and …

1 Samuel 28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand …

Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

Isaiah 14:9,15 Hell from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming: it …

Isaiah 14:19 But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, and …

Ezekiel 32:18-32 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, …

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which …

Verse 9. - But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. Professor Cheyne notes that "the psalmist has no sense of any incongruity between deeply spiritual musings and vehement denunciations of his enemies." And this is certainly true. But it is to be remembered that he views his enemies, not merely as his own fees, but as the foes of God and of Israel. As the servant of God, he must hate those who are opposed to God; as the King of Israel, he must hate those who seek to injure and ruin his people. He does not, however, desire for them suffering or torment; he only asks that they may be removed from this sphere into another world. (On David's conception of the lower world, see the comment upon Psalm 16:10 and Psalm 86:13.) But those that seek my soul to destroy it,.... Meaning his life; for as for his soul, that was immaterial and immortal, and could never be destroyed by man: but as for his natural life, his enemies laid snares for that, and sought to take it away, and nothing less would satisfy them;

shall go into the lower parts of the earth; not the grave, whither the righteous go as well as the wicked; besides, by their being the portion of foxes, as follows, it seems that they should have no burial; but hell is meant, the bottomless pit. Some take it to be a prayer, as Kimchi and Ben Melech; "may they go", or "let them go", &c. see Psalm 55:15. The allusion may be thought to be to the death of Korah and his company. 9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Psalm 63:9

As David earnestly sought for God, so there were men of another order who as eagerly sought after his blood; of these he speaks: "But those that seek my soul, to destroy it." At his life they aimed, at his honour, his best welfare; and this they would not merely injure but utterly ruin. The devil is a destroyer, and all his seed are greedy to do the same mischief; and as he has mined himself by his crafty devices, so also shall they. Destroyers shall be destroyed. Those who hunt souls shall be themselves the victims. "Shall go into the lower parts of the earth." Into the pits which they digged for others they shall fall themselves. The slayers shall be slain, and the grave shall cover them. The hell which they in their curse invoked for others, shall shut its mouth upon them. Every blow aimed against the godly will recoil on the persecutor; he who smites a believer drives a nail in his own coffin.

Psalm 63:10

"They shall fall by the sword." So David's enemies did. They that take the sword shall perish with the sword; bloody men shall feel their own life gushing forth from them, when their evil day shall at last come, and they shall be given up to feel in their own persons the horrors of death. "They shall be a portion for foxes." Too mean to be fit food for the lions, the foxes shall sniff around their corpses, and the jackals shall hold carnival over their carcasses. Unburied and unhonoured they shall be meat for the dogs of war. Frequently have malicious men met with a fate so dire as to be evidently the award Of retributive justice. Although the great assize is reserved for another world, yet even here, at the common sessions of providence, justice often bears her avenging sword in the eyes of all the people.

Psalm 63:11

"But the king shall rejoice in God." Usurpers shall fade, but he shall flourish; and his prosperity shall be publicly acknowledged as the gift of God. The Lord's anointed shall not fail to offer his joyful thanksgiving: his well-established throne shall own the superior lordship of the King of kings; his rejoicing shall be alone in God. When his subjects sing, "Io triumphe," he will bid them chant, "Te Deum." "Every one that sweareth by him shall glory." His faithful followers shall have occasion for triumph: they shall never need to blush for the oath of their allegiance. Or, "swearing by him," may signify adherence to God, and worship paid to him. The heathen swore by their gods, and the Israelite called Jehovah to witness to his asseveration; those, therefore, who owned the Lord as their God should have reason to glory when he proved himself the defender of the king's righteous cause, and the destroyer of traitors. "But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped," And the sooner the better. If shame will not do it, nor fear, nor reason, then let them be stopped with the sexton's shovel-full of earth; for a liar is a human devil, he is the curse of men, and accursed of God, who, has comprehensively said, "all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." See the difference between the mouth that praises God, and the mouth that forges lies: the first shall never be stopped, but shall sing on for ever; the second shall be made speechless at the bar of God.

O Lord, we seek thee and thy truth; deliver us from all malice and slander, and reveal to us thine own self, for Jesus' sake. Amen. 9, 10. those … to destroy it—or literally, "to ruin," or, "for ruin"; that is, such as seek to injure me (are) for ruin, appointed to it (compare Ps 35:8).

shall go … earth—into the grave, or, to death; as their bodies are represented as a portion for—63:7-11 True Christians can, in some measure, and at some times, make use of the strong language of David, but too commonly our souls cleave to the dust. Having committed ourselves to God, we must be easy and pleased, and quiet from the fear of evil. Those that follow hard after God, would soon fail, if God's right hand did not uphold them. It is he that strengthens us and comforts us. The psalmist doubts not but that though now sowing in tears, he should reap in joy. Messiah the Prince shall rejoice in God; he is already entered into the joy set before him, and his glory will be completed at his second coming. Blessed Lord, let our desire towards thee increase every hour; let our love be always upon thee; let all our enjoyment be in thee, and all our satisfaction from thee. Be thou all in all to us while we remain in the present wilderness state, and bring us home to the everlasting enjoyment of thee for ever.
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