Psalm 9:13
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New International Version
LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

New Living Translation
LORD, have mercy on me. See how my enemies torment me. Snatch me back from the jaws of death.

English Standard Version
Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,

New American Standard Bible
Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,

King James Bible
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be gracious to me, LORD; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up from the gates of death,

International Standard Version
Be gracious to me, LORD, take note of my affliction, because of those who hate me. You snatch me away from the gates of death,

NET Bible
when they prayed: "Have mercy on me, LORD! See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, O one who can snatch me away from the gates of death!

New Heart English Bible
Have mercy on me, LORD. See my affliction by those who hate me. You lift me up from the gates of death,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Show mercy upon me, Lord Jehovah, and see my oppression by him who hates me, my Exalter from the gates of death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have pity on me, O LORD. Look at what I suffer because of those who hate me. You take me away from the gates of death

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be gracious unto me, O LORD, Behold mine affliction at the hands of them that hate me; Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;

New American Standard 1977
Be gracious to me, O LORD;
            Behold my affliction from those who hate me,
            Thou who dost lift me up from the gates of death;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer from those that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

King James 2000 Bible
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer from them that hate me, you that lift me up from the gates of death:

American King James Version
Have mercy on me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, you that lift me up from the gates of death:

American Standard Version
Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah; Behold my affliction which I suffer of them that hate me, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from my enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
Be gracious unto me, O Jehovah; consider mine affliction from them that hate me, lifting me up from the gates of death:

English Revised Version
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; behold my affliction which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;

Webster's Bible Translation
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer from them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

World English Bible
Have mercy on me, Yahweh. See my affliction by those who hate me, and lift me up from the gates of death;

Young's Literal Translation
Favour me, O Jehovah, See mine affliction by those hating me, Thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,
Study Bible
I will Give Thanks to the Lord
12For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, 14That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation.…
Cross References
Psalm 3:3
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

Psalm 25:19
Look upon my enemies, for they are many, And they hate me with violent hatred.

Psalm 30:3
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

Psalm 38:19
But my enemies are vigorous and strong, And many are those who hate me wrongfully.

Psalm 86:13
For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Psalm 107:18
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
Treasury of Scripture

Have mercy on me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, you that lift me up from the gates of death:

Have

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness…

Psalm 119:132 Look you on me, and be merciful to me, as you use to do to those …

consider

Psalm 13:3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten my eyes, lest I sleep …

Psalm 25:19 Consider my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Psalm 119:153 Consider my affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget your law.

Psalm 142:6 Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; …

Nehemiah 9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, …

Lamentations 1:9,11 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; …

Psalm 30:3 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from the grave: you have kept …

Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered my soul from death: will not you deliver my …

Psalm 86:13 For great is your mercy toward me: and you have delivered my soul …

Psalm 107:18 Their soul abhors all manner of meat; and they draw near to the gates of death.

Psalm 116:3,4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Isaiah 38:10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of …

John 2:6 And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner …

(13, 14) It is natural to take these verses as the cry for help just mentioned.

Consider.--Literally, see my suffering from my haters.

My lifter up from the gates of death.--For the gates of sheol, see Note to Psalm 6:5. (Comp. Psalm 107:18, and the Homeric phrase "the gates of Hades.") We might perhaps paraphrase "from the verge of the grave," if it were not for the evident antithesis to "gates of the daughter of Zion" in the next verse. We understand, therefore, "gates" in sense of "power," "rule," the gate being the seat of the judge or king, and so, like our "court," synonymous for his power. (Comp. Sublime Porte.)

Daughter of Zion--i.e., Zion itself (see Isaiah 37:22): a common personification of cities and their inhabitants. So of Edom (Lamentations 4:21); of Babylon (Psalm 137:8, &c).

Verse 13. - Have mercy upon me, O Lord! The consideration of God's mercies in the past, and especially in the recent deliverance, leads the psalmist to implore a continuance of his mercies in the future. He is not yet free from troubles. There are still enemies who afflict and threaten him - "heathen" who seek to "prevail" against him (vers. 19, 20), and perhaps already domestic enemies, especially the "sons of Zeruiah," causing him anxiety. Consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me; literally, my trouble (or, my affliction) from my haters. Vers. 17, 19, 20 show that the heathen are especially intended (see 2 Samuel 10:15-19). Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death; i.e. "Thou that continually (or, habitually) art my Support in the extremity of peril," "lifting me up" even from the very "gates of death." (For other mentions of "the gates of death," see Job 38:17; Psalm 107:18.) Classical writers speak of "the gates of darkness" (σκότου πύλας) in almost the same sense (Eurip., 'Hec.,' 1. 1). Have mercy upon me, O Lord,.... The psalmist proceeds to petitions on his own account in this verse: the ends he proposes by the fulfilling of them are mentioned in the next. A good man, a man called by the grace of God, though he has obtained mercy of the Lord, yet still stands in need of more, of fresh discoveries of pardoning grace and mercy, of merciful supplies, of merciful support, and merciful deliverances from enemies, inward and outward: and such an one flees to God, and not to the creature; and pleads, not his own dignity, righteousness, or merit, but the mercy of God;

consider, my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me; or "see my affliction because of mine enemies" (l); look upon me under it with an eye of pity and compassion, and help and deliver me; and look upon mine enemies that give me this trouble, and take vengeance on them;

thou that liftest me up from the gates of death; the house appointed for all living; that is, from the power of it, when just upon the brink of it; when near it, as a person is to an house, when he is at the gates of it; either through sickness, or some violent distemper of body, as Hezekiah was; or through some imminent danger in battle, as David was when engaged with Goliath; when everyone thought, as Kimchi observes, that he should fall by his hand: or it may be this may have respect to his being raised up from the death of sin, and delivered from the power of darkness; to his being brought out of the horrible pit and miry clay of an unregenerate state, and set upon the rock of salvation; which is a lifting up indeed, an exaltation from a very low to a very high estate: and this the psalmist takes notice of to encourage his faith; and makes use of it as an argument with God, that as he had dealt so graciously and bountifully with him, he would still show mercy to him, and look upon him under his affliction.

(l) "intuere afflictionem meum propter osores meos", Gejerus. 13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

Memories of the past and confidences concerning the future conducted the man of God to the mercy seat to plead for the needs of the present. Between praising and praying he divided all his time. How could he have spent it more profitably? His first prayer is one suitable for all persons and occasions, it breathes a humble spirit, indicates self knowledge, appeals to the proper attributes, and to the fitting person. Have mercy upon me, O Lord. Just as Luther used to call some texts little Bibles, so we may call this sentence a little prayer-book for it has in it the soul and marrow of prayer. It is multum in parvo, and like the angelic sword turns every way. The ladder looks to be short, but it reaches from earth to heaven.

What a noble title is here given to the Most High. Thou that liftest me up the gates of death! What a glorious lift! In sickness, in sin, in despair, in temptation, we have been brought very low, and the gloomy portal has seemed as if it would open to imprison us, but, underneath us were the everlasting arms, and, therefore, we have been uplifted even to the gates of heaven. Trapp quaintly says, "He commonly reserveth his hand for a dead lift, and rescueth those who were even talking of their graves." We must not overlook David's object in desiring mercy, it is God's glory: "that I may show forth all thy praise." Saints are not so selfish as to look only to self; they desire mercy's diamond that they may let others see it flash and sparkle, and may admire Him who gives such priceless gems to his beloved. The contrast between the gates of death and the gates of the New Jerusalem is very striking; let our songs be excited to the highest and most rapturous pitch by the double consideration of whence we are taken, and to what we have been advanced, and let our prayers for mercy be made more energetic and agonizing by a sense of the grace which such a salvation implies. When David speaks of his showing forth all God's praise, he means that, in his deliverance grace in all its heights and depths would be magnified. Just as our hymn puts it: -

"O the length and breadth of love!

Jesus, Saviour, can it be?

All thy mercy's height Iprove,

All the depth is seen in me."

Here ends the first part of this instructive psalm, and in pausing awhile we feel bound to confess that our exposition has only flitted over its surface, and has not digged into the depths. The verses are singularly full of teaching, and if the Holy Spirit shall bless the reader, he may go over this Psalm, as the writer has done scores of times, and see on each occasion fresh beauties. 13. gates—or, "regions."

of death—Gates being the entrance is put for the bounds.9:11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.
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