Psalm 9:20
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New International Version
Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.

New Living Translation
Make them tremble in fear, O LORD. Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

English Standard Version
Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

New American Standard Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

King James Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Put terror in them, LORD; let the nations know they are only men. Selah

International Standard Version
Make them afraid, LORD, Let the nations know that they are only human. Interlude

NET Bible
Terrify them, LORD! Let the nations know they are mere mortals! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Put them in fear, LORD. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Establish a lawgiver for them, who shall instruct the nations that they are children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strike them with terror, O LORD. Let the nations know that they are [only] mortal. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Set terror over them, O LORD; Let the nations know they are but men. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Put them in fear, O LORD;
            Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Put fear into them, O LORD: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

American King James Version
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

American Standard Version
Put them in fear, O Jehovah: Let the nations know themselves to be but men. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men.

Darby Bible Translation
Put them in fear, Jehovah: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

English Revised Version
Put them in fear, O LORD: let the nations know themselves to be but men. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

World English Bible
Put them in fear, Yahweh. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Appoint, O Jehovah, a director to them, Let nations know they are men! Selah.

Study Bible
I will Give Thanks to the Lord
19Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged before You. 20Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.
Cross References
Psalm 14:5
There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation.

Psalm 62:9
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

Ezekiel 28:2
"Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because your heart is lifted up And you have said, 'I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods In the heart of the seas'; Yet you are a man and not God, Although you make your heart like the heart of God--
Treasury of Scripture

Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Put

Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings …

Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall on them; by the greatness of your arm they …

Exodus 23:27 I will send my fear before you, and will destroy all the people to …

Deuteronomy 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

Ezekiel 30:13 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will …

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Psalm 82:6,7 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High…

Isaiah 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and …

Ezekiel 28:2,9 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and …

(20) Put them in fear.--There is a difficulty about the reading. The LXX., Vulg., and Syriac read "place a lawgiver or master over them." So Syriac, "law." Hitzig conjectures, "set a guard upon them." With the present reading apparently the rendering should be, put a terror upon them: i.e., "give such a proof of power as to trouble and subdue them."

Verse 20. - Put them in fear, O Lord; literally, set fear to them; i.e. "make them afraid," either by striking a panic terror into them, as into the Syrians when they had brought Samaria to the last gasp (2 Kings 7:6, 7), or by causing them calmly to review the situation, and to see how dangerous it was to assail God's people (2 Kings 6:23). That the nations may know themselves to be but men. May recognize, i.e., their weakness; may remember that they are enosh - mere weak, frail, sickly, perishing mortals. Selah. Here this word occurs for the second time at the end of a psalm (see above, Psalm 3:8) - a position which militates against the idea of its signifying "a pause," since there must always have been a pause at the end of every psalm.



Put them in fear, O Lord,.... Who are, a bold, impudent, fearless generation of men; who, like the unjust judge, neither fear God nor regard men, therefore the psalmist prays that God would inject fear into them, who only can do it; and this will be done at Babylon's destruction, when the antichristian kings, merchants, and seafaring men, will stand afar off for fear of her torment, Revelation 18:10;

that the nations may know themselves to be but men; and not God, and have no power against him; see Isaiah 31:3; the sense is, that the antichristian nations, who oppose themselves to Christ and his people, may know that they are but frail, mortal, miserable men, as the word (q) signifies; and that he who is at the head of them, the man of sin, is no other, though he exalts himself above all that is called God, 2 Thessalonians 2:4; or these words are a prayer for the conversion of many among the nations, and may be rendered, "put, O Lord, fear in them" (r); that is, the true grace of fear, "that the nations may know" themselves, their sin and guilt and danger, and know God in Christ, and Christ, and the way of salvation by him; for at the word "know" should be a stop, concluding a proposition, since the accent "athnach" is there; and then follows another, "they are men. Selah": destitute of the fear and grace of God, are capable of it, but cannot give it to themselves.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(q) "mortales esse", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus; "homines miseri", Cocceius, Michaelis; "sorry men", Ainsworth. (r) "pone timorem eis", so Junius and Tremellius, Piscator, Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Ainsworth. 20. By their effectual subjection, make them to realize their frail nature (Ps 8:4), and deter them from all conceit and future rebellion. 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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