Psalm 71:10
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New International Version
For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.

New Living Translation
For my enemies are whispering against me. They are plotting together to kill me.

English Standard Version
For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together

New American Standard Bible
For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together,

King James Bible
For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For my enemies talk about me, and those who spy on me plot together,

International Standard Version
For my enemies talk against me; those who seek to kill me plot together

NET Bible
For my enemies talk about me; those waiting for a chance to kill me plot my demise.

New Heart English Bible
For my enemies talk about me. Those who watch for my soul conspire together,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because my enemies speak against me and those who watched my soul counselled against me together.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My enemies talk about me. They watch me as they plot to take my life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For mine enemies speak concerning me, And they that watch for my soul take counsel together,

New American Standard 1977
For my enemies have spoken against me;
            And those who watch for my life have consulted together,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For my enemies speak against me, and those that lay in wait for my soul take counsel together,

King James 2000 Bible
For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

American King James Version
For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

American Standard Version
For mine enemies speak concerning me; And they that watch for my soul take counsel together,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For my enemies have spoken against me; and they that watched my soul have consulted together,

Darby Bible Translation
For mine enemies speak against me, and they that watch for my soul consult together,

English Revised Version
For mine enemies speak concerning me; and they that watch for my soul take counsel together,

Webster's Bible Translation
For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

World English Bible
For my enemies talk about me. Those who watch for my soul conspire together,

Young's Literal Translation
For mine enemies have spoken against me, And those watching my soul have taken counsel together,
Study Bible
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
9Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together, 11Saying, "God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver."…
Cross References
Matthew 27:1
When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put Him to death.

Psalm 31:13
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

Psalm 41:8
"A wicked thing is poured out upon him, That when he lies down, he will not rise up again."

Psalm 56:6
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.

Psalm 83:3
They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones.

Psalm 109:20
Let this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, And of those who speak evil against my soul.
Treasury of Scripture

For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

and they

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Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

lay wait for [heb.] watch for or observe

Psalm 37:32,33 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him…

1 Samuel 19:11 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

take

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel …

Psalm 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted …

2 Samuel 17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

Matthew 26:3,4 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Verse 10. - For mine enemies speak against me. The psalmist's weakness encourages his enemies to make their attacks. They begin by speaking against him - calumniating him (2 Samuel 15:3, 4), and shortly they will proceed to acts. And they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together; or, "they that watch for my soul" (Revised Version). For mine enemies speak against, me,.... Or "say unto me" (y) what is expressed in the following verse, "God hath forsaken him"; and so these words are a reason of the above petitions: or "mine enemies speak to me"; or "of me" (z); not good, but evil, and so the Targum paraphrases it,

"for mine enemies speak evil against me;''

or concerning me. David had his enemies, and many, as Ahithophel, and others, who spake against him to the people, and thereby drew many with them into rebellion against him; and particularly Shimei spoke against him, and cursed him, calling him a bloody man, a man of Belial, 2 Samuel 16:7;

and they that lay wait for my soul; or "life"; that laid snares for him; or lay in ambush, and sought for an opportunity to take away his life: or "they that keep my soul", or "life" (a); that were his bodyguards that were about his person for the preservation of him; and so the Targum seems to understand it;

take counsel together; lay schemes and form plots how to destroy him, as Ahithophel did, 2 Samuel 16:20.

(y) "dixerunt mihi", Montanus. (z) "De me loquuti sunt, vel loquuntur", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (a) "custodientes animam meam", Pagninus, Montanus; "custodiebant", V. L. 10, 11. The craft and malicious taunts of his enemies now led him to call for aid (compare the terms used, 2Sa 17:12; Ps 3:2; 7:2).71:1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed of dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake them when their strength fails.
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