Psalm 64:5
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New American Standard Bible
They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, "Who can see them?"

King James Bible
They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

Darby Bible Translation
They encourage themselves in an evil matter, they concert to hide snares; they say, Who will see them?

World English Bible
They encourage themselves in evil plans. They talk about laying snares secretly. They say, "Who will see them?"

Young's Literal Translation
They strengthen for themselves an evil thing, They recount of the hiding of snares, They have said, 'Who doth look at it?'

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

They encourage themselves - literally, they strengthen themselves, or make themselves strong. That is, they take counsel; they encourage each other; they urge one another forward; they suggest to each other methods by which what they purpose may be done, and by which difficulties may be overcome. This was a part of their "secret counsel" or their consultation, Psalm 64:2.

In an evil matter - Margin, as in Hebrew, speech. The reference is to their purpose or plan. They strengthen themselves for doing what they know to be a wrong or wicked thing.

They commune - literally, they tell or speak. That is, they tell each other how it may be done, or suggest different methods by which it may be successfully accomplishled. They compare views, that they may select that which will be most likely to be successful. All this indicates plan, consultation, design.

Of laying snares privily - Margin, as in Hebrew, to hide snares. This is a figure derived from the method of taking wild beasts. See Psalm 7:15, note; Psalm 38:12, note. The reference here is to some secret plan by which they intended that the author of the psalm should be entrapped and ruined. It was not a plan of open and manly warfare, but a purpose to destroy him when he would have no opportunity of defense.

They say, Who shall see them? - That is, who will see the snares or pit-falls? Who will be aware of their existence? They sought to make the plan so secret that no one could discover it, or even suspect it; to keep it so concealed that he for whom it was intended could not be put on his guard. Compare Psalm 10:8-9.

Psalm 64:5 Parallel Commentaries

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 22:13
"You say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

Psalm 10:11
He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."

Psalm 140:5
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.

Psalm 141:9
Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity.

Jeremiah 36:24
Yet the king and all his servants who heard all these words were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments.

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