Psalm 64:4
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New International Version
They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.

New Living Translation
They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly.

English Standard Version
shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear.

New American Standard Bible
To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

King James Bible
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.

International Standard Version
shooting at the innocent from concealment. Suddenly they shoot, fearing nothing.

NET Bible
in order to shoot down the innocent in secluded places. They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation.

New Heart English Bible
to shoot innocent men from ambushes. They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To shoot in a secret place at the perfect one; suddenly they will shoot at him and they will not be seen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to shoot at innocent people from their hiding places. They shoot at them suddenly, without any fear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That they may shoot in secret places at the blameless; Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

New American Standard 1977
To shoot from concealment at the blameless;
            Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect; suddenly do they shoot at him and fear not.

King James 2000 Bible
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

American King James Version
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

American Standard Version
That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect: Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
to shoot in secret the undefiled.

Darby Bible Translation
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

English Revised Version
That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Webster's Bible Translation
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

World English Bible
to shoot innocent men from ambushes. They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.

Young's Literal Translation
To shoot in secret places the perfect, Suddenly they shoot him, and fear not.
Study Bible
Hear My Voice in My Complaint
3Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, 4To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. 5They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, "Who can see them?"…
Cross References
Psalm 10:8
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

Psalm 11:2
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

Psalm 55:19
God will hear and answer them-- Even the one who sits enthroned from of old-- Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.

Psalm 91:5
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Treasury of Scripture

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

shoot

Psalm 10:8,9 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Nehemiah 4:11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till …

Habakkuk 3:14 You did strike through with his staves the head of his villages: …

the perfect

Psalm 59:3,4 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

John 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried …

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…

suddenly

Psalm 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

1 Samuel 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to …

1 Samuel 19:10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin: …

2 Samuel 15:14 And David said to all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, …

(4) And fear not.--These are utterly unscrupulous, fearing neither God nor man.

Verse 4. - That they may shoot in secret at the perfect; or, in their hiding places. David does not scruple to call himself "perfect," using the word in the sense in which it is used of Job (Job 1:1; Job 2:3), meaning a sincere and upright man. Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. They are not afraid, though it is "the anointed of the Lord," whom to attack is not only rebellion, but sacrilege (see 2 Samuel 1:14). That they may shoot in secret at the perfect,.... Meaning himself, who though not without sin, and far from perfection in himself, in the sight of God and with respect to his righteous law, which was exceeding broad; and therefore he saw an end of all perfection, and desired that God would not enter into judgment with him; but yet, in the case of Saul, he was quite clear and innocent, and without fault. Likewise the Messiah, of whom David was a type, may be meant; who has all the perfections of the divine and human nature in him, and is without sin, holy, harmless, pure, and undefiled: and it may be applied to the church and people of God, who, though they are not perfect in themselves, far from it, sin being in them, and their graces weak; unless it be in a comparative sense; yet they are perfect in Christ Jesus, their souls being clothed with his righteousness, and so are the spirits of just men made perfect. And this character may also respect the truth and sincerity of grace in them, and the uprightness of their hearts and conversation; and such as these wicked men level their arrows at, and direct their spite and venom against, and that in the most private and secret manner;

suddenly do they shoot at him; as unseen by him, so unawares to him;

and fear not; neither God nor judgment to come. Though some understand this of the perfect who, though shot at in this manner are intrepid and courageous, and have no fear of their enemies; but the former sense seems best, which describes persons that neither fear God, nor regard man. 4. the perfect—one innocent of the charges made (Ps 18:23).

fear not—(Ps 55:19), not regarding God.64:1-6 The psalmist earnestly begs of God to preserve him from disquieting fear. The tongue is a little member, but it boasts great things. The upright man is the mark at which the wicked aim, they cannot speak peaceably either of him or to him. There is no guard against a false tongue. It is bad to do wrong, but worse to encourage ourselves and one another in it. It is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree, when it is thus fully set to do evil. A practical disbelief of God's knowledge of all things, is at the bottom of every wickedness. The benefit of a good cause and a good conscience, appears most when nothing can help a man against his enemies, save God alone, who is always a present help.
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