Psalm 89:40
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New International Version
You have broken through all his walls and reduced his strongholds to ruins.

New Living Translation
You have broken down the walls protecting him and ruined every fort defending him.

English Standard Version
You have breached all his walls; you have laid his strongholds in ruins.

New American Standard Bible
You have broken down all his walls; You have brought his strongholds to ruin.

King James Bible
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have broken down all his walls; You have reduced his fortified cities to ruins.

International Standard Version
You have broken through all his walls; you have laid his fortresses in ruin.

NET Bible
You have broken down all his walls; you have made his strongholds a heap of ruins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have broken down his hedge and you pulled down his fortresses!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have broken through all his walls and have laid his fortified cities in ruins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

King James 2000 Bible
You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strongholds to ruin.

American King James Version
You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strong holds to ruin.

American Standard Version
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his strength fear.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.

English Revised Version
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to rain.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

World English Bible
You have broken down all his hedges. You have brought his strongholds to ruin.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast broken down all his hedges, Thou hast made his fenced places a ruin.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

89:38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Pe 3:3,4. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 40. - Thou hast broken down all his hedges; i.e. "all his defences" - the strongholds, that guarded the frontiers of the land, were brought to ruin (comp. 2 Chronicles 11:5-10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou hast broken down all his hedges,.... Round about his vine, the church; see Psalm 80:12. A famous church was raised at Jerusalem, quickly after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, which seemed to be well filled, fenced, and protected; but on a sudden a violent persecution arose, and the members of it were made havoc of, and the ministers of the word were scattered abroad, and which was the breaking down of the hedges; and what was done to the church was taken by Christ as done to himself, as it is here spoken of him; see Acts 8:1, and this might seem contrary to the word and oath of God, that his seed should endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven, Psalm 89:29, when the first Christian church was used in this manner; but that providence was overruled, for the spread of the Gospel, and the interest of Christ, in other parts; see Acts 8:4, and so no objection to what is before said:

thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin; the same as before, the church of Christ, which seemed to be so well built and fortified; see Isaiah 26:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40-45. The ruin is depicted under several figures—a vineyard whose broken "hedges," and "strongholds," whose ruins invite spoilers and invaders; a warrior, whose enemies are aided by God, and whose sword's "edge"—literally, "rock" or "strength" (Jos 5:2) is useless; and a youth prematurely old.

Psalm 89:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Sing of His Love Forever
39You have spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown in the dust. 40You have broken down all his walls; You have brought his strongholds to ruin. 41All who pass along the way plunder him; He has become a reproach to his neighbors.…
Cross References
Psalm 80:12
Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?

Isaiah 5:5
Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.

Lamentations 2:2
Without pity the Lord has swallowed up all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds of Daughter Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground in dishonor.

Lamentations 2:5
The Lord is like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel. He has swallowed up all her palaces and destroyed her strongholds. He has multiplied mourning and lamentation for Daughter Judah.
Treasury of Scripture

You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strong holds to ruin.

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Psalm 80:12 Why have you then broken down her hedges, so that all they which …

Job 1:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about …

Isaiah 5:5,6 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will …

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2 Chronicles 12:2-5 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak …

2 Chronicles 15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to …

Lamentations 2:2,5 The LORD has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied…

Revelation 13:1-7 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of …

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