Psalm 31:13
New International Version
For I hear many whispering, "Terror on every side!" They conspire against me and plot to take my life.

New Living Translation
I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.

English Standard Version
For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

Berean Study Bible
For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side. They conspire against me and plot to take my life.

New American Standard Bible
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

King James Bible
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Christian Standard Bible
I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.

Contemporary English Version
I hear the crowds whisper, "Everyone is afraid!" They are plotting and scheming to murder me.

Good News Translation
I hear many enemies whispering; terror is all around me. They are making plans against me, plotting to kill me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.

International Standard Version
I have heard the slander of many; it is like terror all around me, as they conspire together and plot to take my life.

NET Bible
For I hear what so many are saying, the terrifying news that comes from every direction. When they plot together against me, they figure out how they can take my life.

New Heart English Bible
For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, while they conspire together against me, they plot to take away my life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I heard the scheme of many when they counseled against me together and they conceived to take my life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have heard the whispering of many people- terror on every side- while they made plans together against me. They were plotting to take my life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I have heard the whispering of many, Terror on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They devised to take away my life.

New American Standard 1977
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have heard the slander of many; fear was on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

King James 2000 Bible
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

American King James Version
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

American Standard Version
For I have heard the defaming of many, Terror on every side: While they took counsel together against me, They devised to take away my life.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I heard the slander of many that dwelt round about: when they were gathered together against me, they took counsel to take my life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have heard the blame of many that dwell round about. While they assembled together against me, they consulted to take away my life.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have heard the slander of many -- terror on every side -- when they take counsel together against me: they plot to take away my life.

English Revised Version
For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

World English Bible
For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, while they conspire together against me, they plot to take away my life.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have heard an evil account of many, Fear is round about. In their being united against me, To take my life they have devised,
Study Bible
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
12I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind. I am like a broken vessel. 13For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side. They conspire against me and plot to take my life. 14But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”…
Cross References
Matthew 27:1
When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put Him to death.

Genesis 37:18
Now Joseph's brothers saw him in the distance, and before he arrived, they plotted to kill him.

Psalm 31:20
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the schemes of men. You conceal them in Your shelter from accusing tongues.

Psalm 37:12
The wicked scheme against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them,

Psalm 41:7
All who hate me whisper against me; they imagine the worst for me:

Psalm 50:20
You sit and malign your brother, you slander your own mother's son.

Psalm 62:4
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies speak against me, and those who lie in wait for my life conspire,

Jeremiah 20:10
For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror is on every side! Report him; let us report him!" All my trusted friends watch for my fall: "Perhaps he will be deceived so that we may prevail against him and take our vengeance upon him."

Lamentations 2:22
You summoned my attackers on every side, as for an appointed feast day. In the Day of the LORD's anger no one escaped or survived. My enemy has destroyed those I nurtured and reared.

Treasury of Scripture

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

I have

Psalm 55:10
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

Psalm 101:5
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

1 Samuel 22:8-10
That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day? …

fear

Psalm 56:1-3
To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me…

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Jeremiah 6:25
Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

while

1 Samuel 19:10-17
And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night…

1 Samuel 20:33
And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

1 Samuel 23:19,20
Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon? …







Lexicon
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I hear
שָׁמַ֨עְתִּי ׀ (šā·ma‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

the slander
דִּבַּ֥ת (dib·baṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1681: Whispering, defamation, evil report

of many;
רַבִּים֮ (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

there is terror
מָג֪וֹר (mā·ḡō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4032: Fear, terror

on every side.
מִסָּ֫בִ֥יב (mis·sā·ḇîḇ)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

They conspire
בְּהִוָּסְדָ֣ם (bə·hiw·wā·sə·ḏām)
Preposition-b | Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3245: To set, to found, to sit down together, settle, consult

against me
עָלַ֑י (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

[and] plot
זָמָֽמוּ׃ (zā·mā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2161: To consider, purpose, devise

to take
לָקַ֖חַת (lā·qa·ḥaṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

my life.
נַפְשִׁ֣י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(13) Again comp. Jeremiah 20:10, which reproduces word for word the first two clauses. The expression rendered "fear on every side" was actually a motto of the prophet (Jeremiah 6:25; Jeremiah 20:3, margin; Jeremiah 46:5; Jeremiah 49:29. Comp. Lamentations 2:22). But the most probable derivation makes the noun mean not terror but conspiracy, while for slander here we must render whisper.

"For I heard the whispering of the many,

'Conspiracy all around.' "

Under cover of a pretended general panic they were really, as the psalmist saw, plotting evil against him.

Verse 13. - For I have heard the slander of many (see the comment on ver. 11). The calumnies circulated against him had reached David's ears, and these had so affected him that he felt as described in the preceding verse. Fear was on every side, while they took counsel together against me. Fear was "on every side" - in his own heart, and in the hearts of all his friends - when it came to the point of his enemies holding a formal council, in which the matter discussed was the best mode of proceeding against him to take away his life. The particulars of such a council are given in 2 Samuel 17:1-14. They devised to take away my life. That David's life was sought is apparent from the last clause of ver. 2, "I will smite the king only." 31:9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he was a type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. David acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins, but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give him any assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted, but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God will be sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those who commit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is in God's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet, according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not in himself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands, but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that the Lord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for any merit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those that reproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a day coming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In the mean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, if possible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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