Psalm 9:3
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New International Version
My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.

New Living Translation
My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.

English Standard Version
When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence.

New American Standard Bible
When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.

King James Bible
When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before You.

International Standard Version
When my enemies turn back, they will stumble and perish before you.

NET Bible
When my enemies turn back, they trip and are defeated before you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When my enemies turn back their behind, they will stumble and be destroyed from before you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When my enemies retreat, they will stumble and die in your presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because my enemies are turned back; they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

King James 2000 Bible
When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence.

American King James Version
When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence.

American Standard Version
When mine enemies turn back, They stumble and perish at thy presence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened and perish before thy face.

Darby Bible Translation
When mine enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished at thy presence:

English Revised Version
When mine enemies turn back, they stumble and perish at thy presence.

Webster's Bible Translation
When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

World English Bible
When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish in your presence.

Young's Literal Translation
In mine enemies turning backward, they stumble and perish from Thy face.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. The triumphs of the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. The almighty power of God is that which the strongest and stoutest of his enemies are no way able to stand before. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, and that with him there is no unrighteousness. His people may, by faith, flee to him as their Refuge, and may depend on his power and promise for their safety, so that no real hurt shall be done to them. Those who know him to be a God of truth and faithfulness, will rejoice in his word of promise, and rest upon that. Those who know him to be an everlasting Father, will trust him with their souls as their main care, and trust in him at all times, even to the end; and by constant care seek to approve themselves to him in the whole course of their lives. Who is there that would not seek him, who never hath forsaken those that seek Him?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - When mine enemies are turned back; or, because mine enemies are turned back ('Speaker's Commentary'); i.e. made to retreat, repulsed, driven before me in hasty flight. They shall fall and perish at thy presence; or, they stumble and perish, etc. The psalmist represents the enemy, poetically, "as if they had been thrown to the ground by the glance of God's fiery countenance" (Hengstenberg).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When mine enemies are turned back,.... As the Philistines were, when Goliath their champion was dead; and as the men that came to apprehend Christ, David's antitype, went backwards and fell to the ground, through the superior power of Christ; and as sin, Satan, and the world, and at last antichrist, are made to retreat from the Lord's people, who are more than conquerors over them through Christ that has loved them. "They shall fall and perish at thy presence"; they shall stumble at one thing or another which divine Providence will throw in their way to hinder them from executing their designs, and so fall before them they meant to destroy, and perish at the presence of God as wax melteth before the fire; see Psalm 27:2; so antichrist shall be consumed with the breath of Christ's mouth, and the brightness of his coming, 2 Thessalonians 2:8; and this is the ground and foundation of the psalmist's joy, and rejoicing, and singing praise to God as it will be the reason of the joy of saints in the latter day, Revelation 18:22.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3-5. When … are turned back—It is the result of God's power alone. He, as a righteous Judge (Ps 7:11), vindicates His people. He rebukes by acts as well as words (Ps 6:1; 18:15), and so effectually as to destroy the names of nations as well as persons.

Psalm 9:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Give Thanks to the Lord
2I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You. 4For You have maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:2
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

Psalm 56:9
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.

Psalm 64:8
He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

Psalm 68:2
May you blow them away like smoke-- as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
Treasury of Scripture

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