New American Standard Bible
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
King James Bible
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Darby Bible Translation
When evil-doers, mine adversaries and mine enemies, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
World English Bible
When evildoers came at me to eat up my flesh, even my adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.
Young's Literal Translation
When evil doers come near to me to eat my flesh, My adversaries and mine enemies to me, They have stumbled and fallen.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me - This refers, doubtless, to some particular period of his past life when he was in very great danger, and when God interposed to save him. The margin here is, "approached against me." The literal rendering would be, "in the drawing near against me of the wicked to eat up my flesh." The reference is to some period when they purposed an attack upon him, and when he was in imminent danger from such a threatened attack.
To eat up my flesh - As if they would eat me up. That is, they came upon me like ravening wolves, or hungry lions. We are not to suppose that they literally purposed to eat up his flesh, or that they were cannibals; but the comparison is one that is drawn from the fierceness of wild beasts rushing on their prey. Compare Psalm 14:4.
They stumbled and fell - They were overthrown. They failed in their purpose. Either they were thrown into a panic by a false fear, or they were overthrown in battle. The language would be rather applicable to the former, as if by some alarm they were thrown into consternation. Either they differed among themselves and became confused, or God threw obstacles in their way and they were driven back. The general idea is, that God had interposed in some way to prevent the execution of their purposes.
Library'Seek Ye' --'I Will Seek'
'When Thou saidst, Seek ye my face; My heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9. Hide not Thy face far from me.' --PSALM xxvii. 8, 9. We have here a report of a brief dialogue between God and a devout soul. The Psalmist tells us of God's invitation and of his acceptance, and on both he builds the prayer that the face which he had been bidden to seek, and had sought, may not be hid from him. The correspondence between what God said to him and what he said to God is even more emphatically …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Prayer in the Unconverted.
Out of the Deep of Fear and Anxiety.
The Acceptable Sacrifice;
When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.
Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?
Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.
"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
"So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be found no more.
Who eat the flesh of my people, Strip off their skin from them, Break their bones And chop them up as for the pot And as meat in a kettle."
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