Psalm 17:11
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New International Version
They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

King James Bible
They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

Darby Bible Translation
They have now encompassed us in our steps; their eyes have they set, bowing down to the earth.

World English Bible
They have now surrounded us in our steps. They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Our steps now have compassed him;' Their eyes they set to turn aside in the land.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They have now compassed us in our steps - Instead of אשרנו ashshurenu, "our steps," Dr. Kennicott and others recommend אשרינו ashreynu, "O lucky we, at last we have compassed him." He cannot now escape; he is sure to fall into our hands.

They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth - All the commentators and critics have missed the very expressive and elegant metaphor contained in this clause. Kennicott says, They drove the hart into toils, and then shot him. Bishop Horsley says, on the clause, They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth: "This is the attitude of huntsmen, taking aim at an animal upon the ground." No, it is the attitude of the huntsmen looking for the slot, or track of the hart's, hind's, or antelope's foot on the ground. See at the conclusion of the Psalm.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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1 Samuel 23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain...

1 Samuel 24:2,3 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats...

1 Samuel 26:2,3 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him...

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Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent...

Proverbs 6:13,14 He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers...

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The Two Awakings
'I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.' --PSALM xvii. 15. 'As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.'--PSALM lxxiii. 20. Both of these Psalms are occupied with that standing puzzle to Old Testament worthies--the good fortune of bad men, and the bad fortune of good ones. The former recounts the personal calamities of David, its author. The latter gives us the picture of the perplexity of Asaph its writer, when he 'saw the prosperity
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Out of the Deep of Fear and Anxiety.
My heart is disquieted within me. Tearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.--Ps. lv. 4. Thou hast proved and visited my heart in the night season--Ps. xvii. 3. Nevertheless though I am sometimes afraid, yet put I my trust in Thee.--Ps. lv. 3. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?--Ps. xxvii. 1. I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fear.--Ps.
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

Elisha's Closing Ministry
Called to the prophetic office while Ahab was still reigning, Elisha had lived to see many changes take place in the kingdom of Israel. Judgment upon judgment had befallen the Israelites during the reign of Hazael the Syrian, who had been anointed to be the scourge of the apostate nation. The stern measures of reform instituted by Jehu had resulted in the slaying of all the house of Ahab. In continued wars with the Syrians, Jehoahaz, Jehu's successor, had lost some of the cities lying east of the
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Second Sunday Before Lent
Text: Second Corinthians 11, 19-33; 12, 1-9. 19 For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves. 20 For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you captive, if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face. 21 I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also. 22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

Cross References
Luke 21:20
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.

Psalm 37:14
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

Psalm 37:32
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

Psalm 56:6
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.

Psalm 88:17
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.

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