Psalm 54:3
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New American Standard Bible
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

King James Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

Darby Bible Translation
For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not set God before them. Selah.

World English Bible
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
For strangers have risen up against me And terrible ones have sought my soul, They have not set God before them. Selah.

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Commentary
Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For strangers are risen up against me - That is, foreigners; those of another nation or land. Saul and his friends who sought the life of David were his own countrymen; these persons who sought go betray him were another people. They attempted to gain the favor of Saul, or to secure a reward from him, by betraying to him an innocent man whom he was persecuting.

And oppressors seek after my soul - Seek after my life. The word here rendered "oppressors" means people of violence; the proud; the haughty; persecutors; tyrants. The word properly denotes those who exert their power in an arbitrary manner, or not under the sanction of law.

They have not set God before them - They do not act as in the presence of God. They do not regard his authority. See the notes at Psalm 36:1. The word "Selah" here merely marks a musical pause. It indicates nothing in regard to the sense.

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The Difference Between Union and Rapture. What Rapture Is. The Blessing it is to the Soul. The Effects of It.
1. I wish I could explain, with the help of God, wherein union differs from rapture, or from transport, or from flight of the spirit, as they speak, or from a trance, which are all one. [1] I mean, that all these are only different names for that one and the same thing, which is also called ecstasy. [2] It is more excellent than union, the fruits of it are much greater, and its other operations more manifold; for union is uniform in the beginning, the middle, and the end, and is so also interiorly.
Teresa of Avila—The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?"

1 Samuel 25:29
"Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.

Psalm 18:48
He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.

Psalm 36:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Psalm 38:12
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.

Psalm 40:14
Let those be ashamed and humiliated together Who seek my life to destroy it; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.

Psalm 63:9
But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth.

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