New American Standard Bible
Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have threatened destruction, And they devise treachery all day long.
King James Bible
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
Darby Bible Translation
And they that seek after my life lay snares for me; and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all the day long.
World English Bible
They also who seek after my life lay snares. Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all day long.
Young's Literal Translation
And those seeking my soul lay a snare, And those seeking my evil Have spoken mischievous things, And they do deceits meditate all the day.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They also that seek after my life - This was a new aggravation of his affliction, that those who were his enemies now sought to accomplish their purposes against him with better hopes of success, by taking advantage of his sickness.
Lay snares for me - On the meaning of this phrase, see the notes at Psalm 9:15. The idea here is that they sought this opportunity of ensnaring or entrapping him so as to ruin him. They took advantage of the fact that he was weak and helpless, and of the fact that he was forsaken or abandoned by his friends, to accomplish his ruin. how this was done is not stated. It might have been by their coming on him when he was thus helpless; or it might have been by endeavoring in his weak condition to extort confessions or promises from him that might be turned to his ruin. An enemy may hope to succeed much better when the one opposed is sick than when he is well, and may take advantage of his weak state of body and mind, and of the fact that he seems to be forsaken by all, to accomplish what could not be done if he were in the enjoyment of health, or sustained by powerful friends, or by a public opinion in his favor.
And they that seek my hurt - They who seek to injure me.
Speak mischievous things - Slanderous words. They charge on me things that are false, and that tend to injure me. The very fact that he was thus afflicted, they might urge (in accordance with a prevailing belief, and with the conviction of the psalmist also, Psalm 38:3-5) as a proof of guilt. This was done by the three friends of Job; and the enemies of the psalmist may thus have taken advantage of his sickness to circulate false reports about him which he could not then well meet.
And imagine deceits - Imagine or feign deceitful things; things which they know to be false or unfounded.
All the day long - Constantly. They seem to have no other employment. See Psalm 35:20.
LibraryOut of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow.
Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul: I am come into deep waters; so that the floods run over me.--Ps. lxix. 1, 2. I am brought into so great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.--Ps. xxxviii. 6. The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: Oh! bring Thou me out of my distress.--Ps. xxv. 17. The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping: the Lord will receive my prayer.--Ps. vi. 8. In the multitude of the sorrows which I had in my heart, Thy comforts have refreshed …
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep
Question Lxxxiii of Prayer
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
My enemies speak evil against me, "When will he die, and his name perish?"
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.
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.
Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity.
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