Psalm 56:9
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New International Version
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.

King James Bible
When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shall mine enemies return backward in the day when I call: this I know, for God is for me.

World English Bible
Then my enemies shall turn back in the day that I call. I know this, that God is for me.

Young's Literal Translation
Then turn back do mine enemies in the day I call. This I have known, that God is for me.

Psalm 56:9 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back - As soon as they know that I call upon thee, then, knowing that thou wilt hear and save, my enemies will immediately take flight. The cry of faith and prayer to God is more dreadful to our spiritual foes than the war-whoop of the Indian is to his surprised brother savages.

This I know - I have often had experience of the Divine interposition; and I know it will be so now, for God is with me. He who has God With him need not fear the face of any adversary.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 118:11-13 They compassed me about; yes, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them...

Exodus 17:9-11 And Moses said to Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek...

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.


Psalm 18:38-42 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet...

Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

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


Psalm 46:7,11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah...

Isaiah 8:9,10 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves...

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

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

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
Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Psalm 9:3
My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.

Psalm 41:11
I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.

Psalm 56:10
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise--

Psalm 102:2
Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

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