Psalm 11:3
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When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

King James Bible
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Darby Bible Translation
If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?

World English Bible
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Young's Literal Translation
When the foundations are destroyed, The righteous -- what hath he done?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If the foundations be destroyed - If Saul, who is the vicegerent of God, has cast aside his fear, and now regards neither truth nor justice, a righteous man has no security for his life. This is at present thy case; therefore flee! They have utterly destroyed the foundations; (of truth and equity); what can righteousness now effect? Kimchi supposes this refers to the priests who were murdered by Doeg, at the command of Saul. The priests are destroyed, the preservers of knowledge and truth; the Divine worship is overthrown; and what can the righteous man work? These I think to be also the words of David's advisers. To all of which he answers: -

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If the

Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations...

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...


2 Kings 19:13-18 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah...

2 Kings 22:12-14 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe...

2 Chronicles 32:13-15 Know you not what I and my fathers have done to all the people of other lands...

Nehemiah 6:10-12 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said...

Jeremiah 26:11-15 Then spoke the priests and the prophets to the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die...

Daniel 3:15-18 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer...

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

John 11:8-10 His disciples say to him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone you; and go you thither again...

Acts 4:5-12,24-33 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes...

Purposes of God.
In discussing this subject I shall endeavor to show, I. What I understand by the purposes of God. Purposes, in this discussion, I shall use as synonymous with design, intention. The purposes of God must be ultimate and proximate. That is, God has and must have an ultimate end. He must purpose to accomplish something by his works and providence, which he regards as a good in itself, or as valuable to himself, and to being in general. This I call his ultimate end. That God has such an end or purpose,
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

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
Psalm 82:5
"The 'gods' know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Psalm 87:1
Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song. He has founded his city on the holy mountain.

Psalm 119:152
Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.

Isaiah 19:10
The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.

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