Psalm 11:3
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English Standard Version
if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

King James Bible
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

American Standard Version
If the foundations be destroyed, What can the righteous do?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what has the just man done?

English Revised Version
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Webster's Bible Translation
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The desire for Jahve's interposition now rises again with fresh earnestness. It is a mistake to regard דּרשׁ and מצא as correlative notions. In the phrase to seek and not find, when used of that which has totally disappeared, we never have דּרשׁ, but always בּקּשׁ, Psalm 37:36; Isaiah 41:12; Jeremiah 50:20, and frequently. The verb דּרשׁ signifies here exactly the same as in Psalm 10:4, Psalm 10:13, and Psalm 9:13 : "and the wicked (nom. absol. as in Psalm 10:4) - mayst Thou punish his wickedness, mayst Thou find nothing more of it." It is not without a meaning that, instead of the form of expression usual elsewhere (Psalm 37:36; Job 20:8), the address to Jahve is retained: that which is no longer visible to the eye of God, not merely of man, has absolutely vanished out of existence. This absolute conquest of evil is to be as surely looked for, as that Jahve's universal kingship, which has been an element of the creed of God's people ever since the call and redemption of Israel (Exodus 15:18), cannot remain without being perfectly and visibly realised. His absolute and eternal kingship must at length be realised, even in all the universality and endless duration foretold in Zechariah 14:9; Daniel 7:14, Revelation 11:15. Losing himself in the contemplation of this kingship, and beholding the kingdom of God, the kingdom of good, as realised, the psalmist's vision stretches beyond the foes of the church at home to its foes in general; and, inasmuch as the heathen in Israel and the heathen world outside of Israel are blended together into one to his mind, he comprehends them all in the collective name of גּוים, and sees the land of Jahve (Leviticus 25:23), the holy land, purified of all oppressors hostile to the church and its God. It is the same that is foretold by Isaiah (Isaiah 52:1), Nahum (Nahum 2:1), and in other passages, which, by the anticipation of faith, here stands before the mind of the suppliant as an accomplished fact - viz. the consummation of the judgment, which has been celebrated in the hymnic half (Psalm 9) of this double Psalm as a judgment already executed in part.

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Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations...

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...


2 Kings 19:13-18 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah...

2 Kings 22:12-14 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe...

2 Chronicles 32:13-15 Know you not what I and my fathers have done to all the people of other lands...

Nehemiah 6:10-12 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said...

Jeremiah 26:11-15 Then spoke the priests and the prophets to the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die...

Daniel 3:15-18 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer...

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

John 11:8-10 His disciples say to him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone you; and go you thither again...

Acts 4:5-12,24-33 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes...

Cross References
Psalm 82:5
They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Psalm 87:1
On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

Psalm 119:152
Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.

Isaiah 19:10
Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed, and all who work for pay will be grieved.

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