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New International Version
If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
New Living Translation
O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!
English Standard Version
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
Berean Study Bible
O God, that You would slay the wicked—away from me, you bloodthirsty men—
King James Bible
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
New King James Version
Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
New American Standard Bible
If only You would put the wicked to death, God; Leave me, you men of bloodshed.
O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
O that You would kill the wicked, O God; Go away from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
Christian Standard Bible
God, if only you would kill the wicked — you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me —
Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, if only You would kill the wicked— you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me—
American Standard Version
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: Depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Surely you will kill the sinners, oh God, and men of blood will pass from me!
Brenton Septuagint Translation
Oh that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O God; depart from me, ye men of blood.
Contemporary English Version
How I wish that you would kill all cruel and heartless people and protect me from them!
If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:
English Revised Version
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.
Good News Translation
O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked! How I wish violent people would leave me alone!
GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God, and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone.
International Standard Version
God, if only you would execute the wicked, so that the men guilty of bloodshed would get away from me,
JPS Tanakh 1917
If Thou but wouldest slay the wicked, O God-- Depart from me therefore, ye men of blood;
Literal Standard Version
Do You slay, O God, the wicked? Then, men of blood, turn aside from me!
If only you would kill the wicked, O God! Get away from me, you violent men!
New Heart English Bible
If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men.
World English Bible
If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
Young's Literal Translation
Dost Thou slay, O God, the wicked? Then, men of blood, turn aside from me!
Additional Translations ...
ContextYou Have Searched Me and Known Me
…18If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You. 19O God, that You would slay the wicked— away from me, you bloodthirsty men— 20who speak of You deceitfully; Your enemies take Your name in vain.…
You destroy those who tell lies; the LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the LORD has heard my weeping.
Do not take my soul away with sinners, or my life with men of bloodshed,
Deliver me from workers of iniquity, and save me from men of bloodshed.
Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may obey the commandments of my God.
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide for the lowly of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.
Treasury of Scripture
Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you bloody men.
Psalm 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Psalm 55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Psalm 119:115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Slay the wicked.--This abrupt transition from a theme so profound and fascinating to fierce indignation against the enemies of God, would certainly be strange anywhere but in the Psalms. And yet, perhaps, philosophically regarded, the subject of God's omniscience must conduct the mind to the thought of the existence of evil, and speculation on its origin and development. But the Hebrew never speculated for speculation's sake. The practical concerns of life engaged him too intensely. Where a modern would have branched off into the ever-recurring problem of the entrance of evil into the world, the Israelite turned with indignation on those who then and there proved the existence of sin in concrete act.
Surely . . . --Or, rather--
"O that thou wouldest slay, O God, the wicked,
And that ye bloody men would depart from me."
We get the last clause, which is better than an abrupt change to the imprecations, by a slight change of reading.Verse 19. - Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God; or, "Oh that thou wouldst slay the wicked!" (comp. Psalm 5:6, 10; Psalm 7:9-13; Psalm 9:19; Psalm 10:15; Psalm 21:8-12, etc.). Depart from me therefore, ye bloody men (comp. Psalm 119:115). There is no fellowship between light and darkness, between the wicked and the God-fearing.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not
אֱל֥וֹהַּ ׀ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity
that You would slay
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6991: To cut off, put to death
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5493: To turn aside
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 582: Man, mankind
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