Psalm 7:12
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New International Version
If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

New Living Translation
If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

English Standard Version
If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;

New American Standard Bible
If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.

King James Bible
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He has strung His bow and made it ready.

International Standard Version
If the ungodly one doesn't repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will string his bow and prepare it.

NET Bible
If a person does not repent, God sharpens his sword and prepares to shoot his bow.

New Heart English Bible
If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If he does not turn, he sharpens his sword, he bends his bow; he is ready.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If a person does not change, God sharpens his sword. By bending his bow, he makes it ready [to shoot].

JPS Tanakh 1917
If a man turn not, He will whet His sword, He hath bent His bow, and made it ready;

New American Standard 1977
If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword;
            He has bent His bow and made it ready.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If he does not turn, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow and made it ready.

King James 2000 Bible
If he turns not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready.

American King James Version
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready.

American Standard Version
If a man turn not, he will whet his sword; He hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Except you will be converted, he will brandish his sword: he hath bent his bow and made it ready.

Darby Bible Translation
If one turn not, he will sharpen his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready,

English Revised Version
If a man turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Webster's Bible Translation
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

World English Bible
If a man doesn't relent, he will sharpen his sword; he has bent and strung his bow.

Young's Literal Translation
If one turn not, His sword he sharpeneth, His bow he hath trodden -- He prepareth it,
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
11God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day. 12If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. 13He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:41
If I sharpen My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me.

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 17:13
Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,

Psalm 21:12
For You will make them turn their back; You will aim with Your bowstrings at their faces.

Psalm 58:5
So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.

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

Isaiah 5:28
Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent; The hoofs of its horses seem like flint and its chariot wheels like a whirlwind.

Lamentations 3:12
He bent His bow And set me as a target for the arrow.

Habakkuk 3:9
Your bow was made bare, The rods of chastisement were sworn. Selah. You cleaved the earth with rivers.
Treasury of Scripture

If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready.

If

Psalm 85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease.

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Jeremiah 31:18,19 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised …

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Matthew 3:10 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

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Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet my glittering sword, and my hand take hold on judgment; …

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall …

Isaiah 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down …

Ezekiel 21:9-11,23 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus said the LORD; Say, A sword, …

(12) If he turn not.--The Hebrew is doubly idiomatic. Translate surely (see Hebrews 3:11, with Note in New Testament Commentary), He will again whet His sword. It is true that the verb to turn in the sense of repetition usually precedes the other verb immediately, without, as here, any other words intervening.

Bent.--Literally, trodden, showing that the foot was used by the Israelites to bend the bow, as by archers now. (Smith's Bible Dictionary, "Arms.")

Verse 12. - If he turn not, he (i.e. God) will whet his sword (comp. Deuteronomy 32:41; Isaiah 27:1; Isaiah 34:5). "Every new transgression," says Bishop Horne, "sets a fresh edge to God's sword" He hath bent his bow, and made it ready; rather, he hath bent his bow, and fixed it; i.e. held it in the position for taking aim. If he turn not,.... Not God, but the enemy, or the wicked man, spoken of Psalm 7:5; if he turn not from his wicked course of life, to the Lord to live to him, and according to his will; unless he is converted and repents of his sin, and there is a change wrought in him, in his heart and life; the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, "if ye turn not", or "are not converted", an apostrophe to the wicked;

he will whet his sword: God is a man of war, and he is sometimes represented as accoutred with military weapons; see Isaiah 59:17; and among the rest with the sword of judgment, which he may be said to whet, when he prepares sharp and sore judgments for his enemies, Isaiah 27:1;

he hath bent his bow, and made it ready; drawn his bow of vengeance, and put it on the full stretch, and made it ready with the arrows of his wrath, levelled against the wicked, with whom he is angry; which is expressive of their speedy and inevitable ruin, in case of impenitence; see Lamentations 2:4; or "trod his bow", as is the usual phrase elsewhere; see Psalm 11:2; which was done by the feet, and was necessary when the bow was a strong one, as Jarchi on Psalm 11:2; observes; and so the Arabs, as Suidas (g) relates, using arrows the length of a man, put their feet on the string of the bow instead of their hands.

(g) In voce 12, 13. They are here distinctly pointed out, though by changing the person, a very common mode of speech, one is selected as a representative of wicked men generally. The military figures are of obvious meaning.7:10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. The destruction of sinners may be prevented by their conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. God gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described, ver. 14-16, as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials. Blessed Lord, give us grace to look to thee in the path of tribulation, going before thy church and people, and marking the way by thine own spotless example. Under all the persecutions which in our lesser trials mark our way, let the looking to Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts.
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