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.
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CommentaryClarke'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.
LibraryTwo 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 …
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May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.
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.
Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me-- people without regard for God.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
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.
May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.
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