Psalm 56:6
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New American Standard Bible
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.

King James Bible
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul.

World English Bible
They conspire and lurk, watching my steps, they are eager to take my life.

Young's Literal Translation
They assemble, they hide, they watch my heels, When they have expected my soul.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

They gather themselves together - That is, they do not attack me singly, but they unite their forces; they combine against me.

They hide themselves - They lurk in ambush. They do not come upon me openly, but they conceal themselves in places where they cannot be seen, that they may spring upon me suddenly.

They mark my steps - They watch me whatever I do. They keep a spy upon me, so that I can never be sure that I am not observed.

When they wait for my soul - As they watch for my life; or, as they watch for opportunities to take away my life. I am never secure; I know not at what time, or in what manner, they may spring upon me. This would apply to David when he fled to Achish, king of Gath; when he was driven away by him; and when he was watched and pursued by Saul and his followers as he fled into the wilderness. 1 Samuel 21:1-15; 22.

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Fear and Faith
What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. 4. ... In God I have put my trust: I will not fear.'--PSALM lvi. 3, 4. It is not given to many men to add new words to the vocabulary of religious emotion. But so far as an examination of the Old Testament avails, I find that David was the first that ever employed the word that is here translated, I will trust, with a religious meaning. It is found occasionally in earlier books of the Bible in different connections, never in regard to man's relations
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Caesar's Household
The gospel has ever achieved its greatest success among the humbler classes. "Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called." 1 Corinthians 1:26. It could not be expected that Paul, a poor and friendless prisoner, would be able to gain the attention of the wealthy and titled classes of Roman citizens. To them vice presented all its glittering allurements and held them willing captives. But from among the toilworn, want-stricken victims of their oppression, even from
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Cross References
Psalm 17:11
They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground.

Psalm 59:3
For behold, they have set an ambush for my life; Fierce men launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD,

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity,

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together,

Psalm 94:21
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.

Psalm 140:2
Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.

Isaiah 54:15
"If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.

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