Psalm 81:14
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New International Version
how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!

New Living Translation
How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes!

English Standard Version
I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.

New American Standard Bible
"I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.

King James Bible
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes."

International Standard Version
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies. I would turn against their foes.

NET Bible
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and attack their adversaries."

New Heart English Bible
I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I would have shortly destroyed their enemies and would have turned my hand against those who hated them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would quickly defeat their enemies. I would turn my power against their foes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries.

New American Standard 1977
“I would quickly subdue their enemies,
            And turn My hand against their adversaries.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their adversaries.

King James 2000 Bible
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

American King James Version
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

American Standard Version
I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn my hand against their adversaries.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I should soon have humbled their enemies, and laid my hand on them that troubled them.

Darby Bible Translation
I would soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

English Revised Version
I should soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

Webster's Bible Translation
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

World English Bible
I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.

Young's Literal Translation
As a little thing their enemies I cause to bow, And against their adversaries I turn back My hand,
Study Bible
Sing Aloud to God, Our Strength!
13"Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! 14"I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. 15"Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.…
Cross References
Psalm 18:47
The God who executes vengeance for me, And subdues peoples under me.

Psalm 47:3
He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet.

Amos 1:8
"I will also cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, And him who holds the scepter, from Ashkelon; I will even unleash My power upon Ekron, And the remnant of the Philistines will perish," Says the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

I should

Numbers 14:9,45 Only rebel not you against the LORD, neither fear you the people …

Joshua 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out …

Judges 2:20-23 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said…

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Amos 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holds …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Verse 14. - I should soon have subdued (rather, I should won subdue) their enemies. Israel is still surrounded by enemies, anxious for his destruction. God could subdue them and sweep them away in a moment, if he pleased; and would do so, if Israel would repent and return to him. The appeal is to the living Israel - the Israel of the psalmist's time, which is given one more chance of triumph over its enemies. And turned my hand against their adversaries. Logically, the two clauses should have been inverted, since the subjugation of Israel's enemies would be the effect of God's hand being turned against them. I should soon have subdued their enemies,.... The Canaanites, and others: this he would have done in a very little time, or at once, and that easily, and without any trouble; he would quickly have humbled them, and brought them on their knees, as the word (g) signifies, to terms of peace; for when a man's ways please the Lord, he makes his enemies to be at peace with him, Proverbs 16:7 so those that hearken to the voice of Christ, and walk in his ways, he subdues their iniquities, and will bruise Satan under their feet shortly, and make them more than conquerors: through himself, over the world; the men and things of it he has overcome:

and turned my hand against their adversaries; that troubled, distressed, and oppressed them; and it is a righteous thing with God to render tribulation to them that trouble his people; he turns his chastising hand off of them, which sometimes is heavy upon them, and presses them sore, and turns it in a way of wrath and vindictive justice against their adversaries; and so the Targum,

"and turned the stroke of my power against their adversaries;''

this is the lighting down of his arm with the indignation of his anger, which is intolerable, Isaiah 30:30.

(g) "flecterem", Cocceius. 81:8-16 We cannot look for too little from the creature, nor too much from the Creator. We may have enough from God, if we pray for it in faith. All the wickedness of the world is owing to man's wilfulness. People are not religious, because they will not be so. God is not the Author of their sin, he leaves them to the lusts of their own hearts, and the counsels of their own heads; if they do not well, the blame must be upon themselves. The Lord is unwilling that any should perish. What enemies sinners are to themselves! It is sin that makes our troubles long, and our salvation slow. Upon the same conditions of faith and obedience, do Christians hold those spiritual and eternal good things, which the pleasant fields and fertile hills of Canaan showed forth. Christ is the Bread of life; he is the Rock of salvation, and his promises are as honey to pious minds. But those who reject him as their Lord and Master, must also lose him as their Saviour and their reward.
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