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.

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.

New King James Version
For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away 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.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
For I have heard the slander and whispering of many, Terror is on every side; While they schemed together against me, They plotted 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
For I have heard an evil account of many, Fear [is] all around. In their being united against me, They have devised 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 cast him down from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah


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? …









(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. . . . 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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

on every side.
מִסָּ֫בִ֥יב (mis·sā·ḇîḇ)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's 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 3245: To set, to found, to sit down together, settle, consult

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

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

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

my life.
נַפְשִׁ֣י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


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