New American Standard Bible
For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.
King James Bible
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
Darby Bible Translation
For without cause have they hidden for me their net in a pit; without cause they have digged it for my soul.
World English Bible
For without cause they have hidden their net in a pit for me. Without cause they have dug a pit for my soul.
Young's Literal Translation
For without cause they hid for me their netpit, Without cause they digged for my soul.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit - See Psalm 7:15, note; Psalm 9:15, note. This figure is derived from hunting. The idea is that of digging a pit or hole for a wild beast to fall into, with a net so concealed that the animal could not see it, and that might be suddenly drawn over him so as to secure him. The reference here is to plans that are laid to entrap and ruin others: plots that are concocted so as to secure destruction before one is aware. The psalmist says that, in his case, they had done this without "cause," or without any sufficient reason. He had done them no wrong; he had given them no show of excuse for their conduct.
Which without cause they have digged for my soul - For my life. That is, they have digged a pit into which I might fall, and into which they designed that I should fall, though I have never done anything to give them occasion thus to seek my destruction.
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Thou shalt not kill.' Exod 20: 13. In this commandment is a sin forbidden, which is murder, Thou shalt not kill,' and a duty implied, which is, to preserve our own life, and the life of others. The sin forbidden is murder: Thou shalt not kill.' Here two things are to be understood, the not injuring another, nor ourselves. I. The not injuring another.  We must not injure another in his name. A good name is a precious balsam.' It is a great cruelty to murder a man in his name. We injure others in …
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The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life from the lions.
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause.
The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah.
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