Psalm 35:4
New International Version
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

New Living Translation
Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.

English Standard Version
Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!

Berean Study Bible
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plan to harm me be driven back and confounded.

King James Bible
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

New King James Version
Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor Who seek after my life; Let those be turned back and brought to confusion Who plot my hurt.

New American Standard Bible
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

NASB 1995
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

NASB 1977
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

Amplified Bible
Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back [in defeat] and humiliated who plot evil against me.

Christian Standard Bible
Let those who intend to take my life be disgraced and humiliated; let those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let those who seek to kill me be disgraced and humiliated; let those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed.

American Standard Version
Let them be put to shame and brought to dishonor that seek after my soul: Let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who seek my soul will be ashamed and they will be put to shame; they shall turn their behind and they shall be put to shame, those who plotted evil against me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let them that seek my soul be ashamed and confounded: let them that devise evils against me be turned back and put to shame.

Contemporary English Version
Let all who want to kill me be disgraced and put to shame. Chase away and confuse all who plan to harm me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise against me.

English Revised Version
Let them be ashamed and brought to dishonour that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and confounded that devise my hurt.

Good News Translation
May those who try to kill me be defeated and disgraced! May those who plot against me be turned back and confused!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let those who seek my life be put to shame and disgraced. Let those who plan my downfall be turned back in confusion.

International Standard Version
Let those who seek my life be ashamed and disgraced; let those who plot evil against me be driven back and confounded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion that seek after my soul; Let them be turned back and be abashed that devise my hurt.

Literal Standard Version
They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned backward and confounded, Those devising my evil.

NET Bible
May those who seek my life be embarrassed and humiliated! May those who plan to harm me be turned back and ashamed!

New Heart English Bible
Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded.

World English Bible
Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded.

Young's Literal Translation
They are ashamed and blush, those seeking my soul, Turned backward and confounded, Those devising my evil.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Contend with My Opponents
3Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers; say to my soul: “I am your salvation.” 4May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plan to harm me be driven back and confounded. 5May they be like chaff in the wind, as the angel of the LORD drives them away.…

Cross References
Psalm 38:12
Those who seek my life lay snares; those who wish me harm speak destruction, plotting deceit all day long.

Psalm 40:14
May those who seek my life be ashamed and confounded; may those who wish me harm be repelled and humiliated.

Psalm 70:2
May those who seek my life be ashamed and confounded; may those who wish me harm be repelled and humiliated.

Psalm 71:13
May the accusers of my soul be ashamed and consumed; may those who seek my harm be covered with scorn and disgrace.

Psalm 83:17
May they be ever ashamed and terrified; may they perish in disgrace.

Psalm 129:5
May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.

Jeremiah 17:18
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but do not let me be put to shame. Let them be terrified, but do not let me be terrified. Bring upon them the day of disaster and shatter them with double destruction.


Treasury of Scripture

Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

confounded

Psalm 35:26
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

Psalm 31:17,18
Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave…

Psalm 40:14,15
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil…

that

Psalm 38:12
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

1 Samuel 23:23
See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.

1 Kings 19:10
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

turned

Psalm 129:5
Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

Isaiah 37:29
Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

Jeremiah 46:5
Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the LORD.









(4) Confounded.--Comp. Psalm 35:26.

Verse 4. - Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul. It appears from this that David's life is being sought, which only happened at two periods in his career:

(1) when he was a fugitive from Saul (1 Samuel 19:15 - 26:4); and

(2) during the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13 - 18:8).

The psalm therefore belongs to one or other of those periods, most probably to the former (see the introductory paragraph, and note the resemblance between this passage and 1 Samuel 20:1; 1 Samuel 22:23). Let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. Imprecations closely resembling these occur frequently in the Davidical psalms (see ver. 26; Psalm 40:14; Psalm 70:2; Psalm 71:13), and amount to a sort of commonplace, to be used whenever the machinations of his enemies against him are the subject that occupies his thought.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
May those who seek
מְבַקְשֵׁ֪י (mə·ḇaq·šê)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

be disgraced
יֵבֹ֣שׁוּ (yê·ḇō·šū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

and put to shame;
וְיִכָּלְמוּ֮ (wə·yik·kā·lə·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3637: To wound, to taunt, insult

may those who plan
חֹ֝שְׁבֵ֗י (ḥō·šə·ḇê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2803: To think, account

to harm me
רָעָתִֽי׃ (rā·‘ā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

be driven back
יִסֹּ֣גוּ (yis·sō·ḡū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5472: To move away, backslide

and confounded.
וְיַחְפְּר֑וּ (wə·yaḥ·pə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2659: To blush, to be ashamed, disappointed, to shame, reproach


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