Psalm 56:2
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New International Version
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.

King James Bible
Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

Darby Bible Translation
Mine enemies would swallow [me] up all the day long; for they are many that fight against me haughtily.

World English Bible
My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.

Young's Literal Translation
Mine enemies have swallowed up all the day, For many are fighting against me, O most High,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

O thou Most High - מרום marom. I do not think that this word expresses any attribute of God, or indeed is at all addressed to him. It signifies, literally, from on high, or froen a high or elevated place: "For the multitudes fight against me from the high or elevated place;" the place of authority - the court and cabinet of Saul.

Most of the Versions begin the next verse with this word: "From the light of the day, though I fear, yet will I trust in thee." From the time that persecution waxes hot against me, though I often am seized with fear, yet I am enabled to maintain my trust in thee. Dr. Kennicott thinks there is a corruption here, and proposes to read: "I look upwards all the day long."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

enemies [heb.] observers

Psalm 54:5 He shall reward evil to my enemies: cut them off in your truth.

many

Psalm 3:1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Psalm 118:10-12 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them...

Acts 4:25-27 Who by the mouth of your servant David have said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things...

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world...

most

Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in you: I will sing praise to your name, O you most High.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 92:1,8 IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH...

Psalm 93:4 The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Daniel 5:18 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor:

Micah 6:6 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings...

Library
March 27. "What Time I am Afraid, I Will Trust in Thee" (Ps. Lvi. 3).
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Ps. lvi. 3). We shall never forget a remark Mr. George Mueller once made in answer to a gentleman who asked him the best way to have strong faith. "The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails. Dear one, if you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity, if you are
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

January the Thirtieth Irresistible Artillery
"When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back." --PSALM lvi. But it must be a real "cry"! It must not be an idle recitation which sheds no blood. It must be a cry like the cry of the drowning, a cry which cleaves the air like a bullet. Said a man to me some while ago, "Assault the heavens with cries for me!" That is the cry which takes the kingdom by storm. When such a cry rends the heavens, "my enemies turn back." A secret and irresistible artillery begins to play upon them, and their
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Great Shepherd
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. I t is not easy for those, whose habits of life are insensibly formed by the customs of modern times, to conceive any adequate idea of the pastoral life, as obtained in the eastern countries, before that simplicity of manners, which characterized the early ages, was corrupted, by the artificial and false refinements of luxury. Wealth, in those
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Psalms
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 35:1
Of David. Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

Psalm 35:25
Do not let them think, "Aha, just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."

Psalm 55:18
He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.

Psalm 57:3
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me-- God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

Psalm 124:3
they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;

Isaiah 49:19
"Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away.

Lamentations 2:16
All your enemies open their mouths wide against you; they scoff and gnash their teeth and say, "We have swallowed her up. This is the day we have waited for; we have lived to see it."

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