Psalm 40:14
Parallel Verses
New International Version
May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

King James Bible
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be turned backward and confounded that take pleasure in mine adversity;

World English Bible
Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt.

Young's Literal Translation
They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are seeking my soul to destroy it, They are turned backward, And are ashamed, who are desiring my evil.

Psalm 40:14 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Innumerable evils have compassed me about - This part does not comport with the preceding; and either argues a former experience, or must be considered a part of another Psalm, written at a different time, and on another occasion, and, were we to prefix the two first verses of the seventieth Psalm to it we should find it to be a Psalm as complete in itself as that is.

They are more than the hairs of mine head - This could not be said by any person who was exulting in the pardoning mercy of God, as David was at the time he penned the commencement of this Psalm.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Let them be ashamed. The verbs in the preceding verse, in which the psalmist simply prays for deliverance, are in the imperative; but here, and in the following verses, they are in the future tense, and naturally express the language of lively faith and hope, rather than that of wishing the destruction foreseen and predicted.

Psalm 31:17,18 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called on you: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave...

Psalm 35:4,26 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt...

Psalm 70:2,3 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt...

Psalm 71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt.

Isaiah 41:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing...

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come...

that

Matthew 21:38-41 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him...

driven

Psalm 9:3 When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence.

John 18:6 As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Acts 9:4-6 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me...

Acts 12:23,24 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost...

Library
Two Innumerable Series
'Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered ... 12. Innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head; therefore my heart faileth me.'--PSALMS xl. 5, 12. So then, there are two series of things which cannot be
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Brought up from the Horrible Pit
I shall ask you, then, at this time, to observe our divine Lord when in His greatest trouble. Notice, first, our Lord's behavior--"I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry": then consider, secondly, our Lord deliverance, expressed by the phrase, "He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay," and so forth: then let us think, thirdly of the Lord's reward for it--"many shall see, and fear, and trust in the Lord":--that is His great end and object,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 28: 1882

The History of the Psalter
[Sidenote: Nature of the Psalter] Corresponding to the book of Proverbs, itself a select library containing Israel's best gnomic literature, is the Psalter, the compendium of the nation's lyrical songs and hymns and prayers. It is the record of the soul experiences of the race. Its language is that of the heart, and its thoughts of common interest to worshipful humanity. It reflects almost every phase of religious feeling: penitence, doubt, remorse, confession, fear, faith, hope, adoration, and
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Life Hid and not Hid
'Thy word have I hid in my heart.'--PSALM cxix. 11. 'I have not hid Thy righteousness in my heart.'--PSALM xl. 10. Then there are two kinds of hiding--one right and one wrong: one essential to the life of the Christian, one inconsistent with it. He is a shallow Christian who has no secret depths in his religion. He is a cowardly or a lazy one, at all events an unworthy one, who does not exhibit, to the utmost of his power, his religion. It is bad to have all the goods in the shop window; it is just
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Psalm 35:4
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

Psalm 35:26
May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.

Psalm 54:3
Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me-- people without regard for God.

Psalm 63:9
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.

Psalm 70:2
May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

Psalm 71:13
May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.

Psalm 119:95
The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.

Jump to Previous
Abashed Adversity Altogether Ashamed Backward Confounded Confusion Delight Desire Desiring Destroy Disappointed Disgrace Dishonor Dishonored Driven Evil Foolish Humiliated Hurt Life Pleasure Ruin Seek Seeking Shame Snatch Soul Sweep Together Trouble Turned Wish
Jump to Next
Abashed Adversity Altogether Ashamed Backward Confounded Confusion Delight Desire Desiring Destroy Disappointed Disgrace Dishonor Dishonored Driven Evil Foolish Humiliated Hurt Life Pleasure Ruin Seek Seeking Shame Snatch Soul Sweep Together Trouble Turned Wish
Links
Psalm 40:14 NIV
Psalm 40:14 NLT
Psalm 40:14 ESV
Psalm 40:14 NASB
Psalm 40:14 KJV

Psalm 40:14 Bible Apps
Psalm 40:14 Biblia Paralela
Psalm 40:14 Chinese Bible
Psalm 40:14 French Bible
Psalm 40:14 German Bible

Psalm 40:14 Commentaries

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.

Bible Hub
Psalm 40:13
Top of Page
Top of Page