Psalm 140:10
New International Version
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.

New Living Translation
Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.

English Standard Version
Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!

Berean Study Bible
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into the miry pits, never to rise again.

King James Bible
Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

New King James Version
Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

New American Standard Bible
“May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into bottomless pits from which they cannot rise.

NASB 1995
"May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

NASB 1977
“May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

Amplified Bible
“Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be thrown into the fire, Into deep [water] pits from which they cannot rise.

Christian Standard Bible
Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let hot coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into the abyss, never again to rise.

American Standard Version
Let burning coals fall upon them: Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, whence they shall not rise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And coals will come down upon them and they will fall into fire and they will not be able to rise.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Coals of fire shall fall upon them on the earth; and thou shalt cast them down in afflictions: they shall not bear up under them.

Contemporary English Version
Dump flaming coals on them and throw them into pits where they can't climb out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.

English Revised Version
Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

Good News Translation
May red-hot coals fall on them; may they be thrown into a pit and never get out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let burning coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into a pit, never to rise again.

International Standard Version
May burning coals fall on them; may they be cast into fire, and into miry pits, never to rise again.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

Literal Standard Version
They cause burning coals to fall on themselves, "" He casts them into fire, "" Into deep pits—they do not arise.

NET Bible
May he rain down fiery coals upon them! May he throw them into the fire! From bottomless pits they will not escape.

New Heart English Bible
Let burning coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, from where they never rise.

World English Bible
Let burning coals fall on them. Let them be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, from where they never rise.

Young's Literal Translation
They cause to fall on themselves burning coals, Into fire He doth cast them, Into deep pits -- they arise not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Rescue Me, O LORD, From Evil Men
9May the heads of those who surround me be covered in the trouble their lips have caused. 10May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into the miry pits, never to rise again. 11May no slanderer be established in the land; may calamity hunt down the man of violence.…

Cross References
Matthew 3:10
The axe lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Psalm 11:6
On the wicked He will rain down fiery coals and sulfur; a scorching wind will be their portion.

Psalm 18:12
From the brightness of His presence His clouds advanced--hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 21:9
You will place them in a fiery furnace at the time of Your appearing. In His wrath the LORD will engulf them, and the fire will consume them.

Psalm 36:12
There the evildoers lie fallen, thrown down and unable to rise.

Psalm 120:4
Sharp arrows will come from the warrior, with burning coals of the broom tree!


Treasury of Scripture

Let burning coals fall on them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

burning coals

Psalm 11:6
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalm 18:13,14
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire…

Psalm 21:9
Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

let them

Daniel 3:29-25
Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort…

Matthew 13:42,50
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth…

into keep

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.

Proverbs 28:10,17
Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession…

Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.









(10) In this verse too there is a grammatical difficulty, which the margin, "Let there fall on them," instead of "Let them bring upon them," does not remove, since the subject of the next verb is third person singular. The first verb is usually taken impersonally, as by the LXX., which version is actually to be followed in rendering coals of fire (literally, coals accompanied with fire, or, coals as fire), and we get the somewhat awkward, but intelligible--

"Let them bring upon them coals of fire;

Let him cast them into pits that they rise not again.'

But a very slight change gives a plain grammatical sentence with the subject carried on from the last verse:

"Let it (mischief) bring even upon themselves coals of fire;

Let it cast them into pits, so that they rise no more."

(Burgess.)

The word "pits" is peculiar to the passage. Gesenius, deriving from a root meaning "to boil up," renders, "whirlpools," which, as in Psalm 66:12, combines "water" with "fire," as joint emblems of perils that cannot be escaped. But Symmachus, Theodotion, and Jerome render "ditches," which is supported by a Rabbinical quotation, given by Delitzsch: "first of all they burned them in pits; when the flesh was consumed they collected the bones, and burned them in coffins."

Verse 10. - Let burning coals fall upon them, or, "burning coals shall be thrown upon them." Let them be cast (or, "they shall be cast") into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again. The clauses are declaratory rather than optative. The psalmist sees the wrath of God poured out upon his enemies, who are at the same time God's enemies - they are cast into the fire prepared to receive the wicked - and plunged into deep pits whence they find it impossible to extricate themselves.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
May burning coals
גֶּֽחָ֫לִ֥ים (ge·ḥā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1513: An ember

fall
יִמּ֥וֹטוּ (yim·mō·w·ṭū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 4131: To waver, to slip, shake, fall

on them;
עֲלֵיהֶ֗ם (‘ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

may they be thrown
יַפִּלֵ֑ם (yap·pi·lêm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

into the fire,
בָּאֵ֥שׁ (bā·’êš)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

into the miry pits,
בְּ֝מַהֲמֹר֗וֹת (bə·ma·hă·mō·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4113: A flood, watery pit

never
בַּֽל־ (bal-)
Adverb
Strong's 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

to rise again.
יָקֽוּמוּ׃ (yā·qū·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand


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