Psalm 41:5
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English Standard Version
My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”

King James Bible
Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

American Standard Version
Mine enemies speak evil against me,'saying , When will he die, and his name perish?

Douay-Rheims Bible
My enemies have spoken evils against me: when shall he die and his name perish?

English Revised Version
Mine enemies speak evil against me, saying, When shall he die, and his name perish?

Webster's Bible Translation
My enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In the midst of such sufferings, which, the longer they last, discover him all the more to himself as a sinner, he prays for speedy help. The cry for help in Psalm 40:14 turns with רצה towards the will of God; for this is the root of all things. As to the rest, it resembles Psalm 22:20 (Psalm 38:23). The persecuted one wishes that the purpose of his deadly foes may as it were rebound against the protection of God and miserably miscarry. לספּותהּ, ad abripiendam eam (with Dagesh in the פ according to Ges. 45, 2, Ew. 245, a, and not as Gesenius, Thesaurus, p. 1235, states, aspirated),

(Note: After ל the aspirate usually disappears, as here and in Psalm 118:13; but there are exceptions, as לנתושׁ ולנתוץ, Jeremiah 1:10, and frequently, לשׁדוד, ib. Psalm 57:4. After ב and כ it usually remains, as in Psalm 87:6, Job 4:13; Job 33:15; 2 Samuel 3:34; 1 Kings 1:21; Ecclesiastes 5:10; but again there are exceptions, as בּשׁכּן, Genesis 35:22, בּזכּר, Jeremiah 17:2. In Genesis 23:2 it is pointed לבכּתהּ according to the rule, and in my Comment. S. 423 it is to be read "with a Dagesh.")

is added to מבקשׁי נפשׁי by way of explanation and definiteness. ישׁמּוּ, from שׁמם, to become torpid, here used of outward and inward paralysis, which is the result of overpowering and as it were bewitching surprise or fright, and is called by the Arabs ro‛b or ra‛b (paralysis through terror) cf. Job, note at Psalm 18:12. An על following upon ישׁמּוּ looks at first sight as though it introduced the object and reason of this fright; it is therefore not: as a reward, in consequence of their infamy, which would not be על־עקב, but merely the accusative עקב (Isaiah 5:23, Arabic ‛qîba), it is rather: on account of the reward (Psalm 19:12) of their disgrace (cf. as belonging to the same period, Psalm 109:29; Psalm 35:26), i.e., of the reward which consists in their being put to shame (Hitzig). לי as in Psalm 3:3; Psalm 41:6 : with reference to me. האח האח (Aquila, ἀὰ ἀὰ, αὐτῇ συγχρησάμενος, as Eusebius says, οὕτως ἐχούσῃ τῇ Ἑβραΐκῆ φωνῇ) is an exclamation of sarcastic delight, which finds its satisfaction in another's misfortune (Psalm 35:25).

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Mine

Psalm 22:6-8 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people...

Psalm 102:8 My enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

his name

Job 18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

Job 20:7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Cross References
Psalm 38:12
Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.

Psalm 83:4
They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"

Psalm 109:20
May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!

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