Psalm 35:8
New International Version
may ruin overtake them by surprise-- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

New Living Translation
So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.

English Standard Version
Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!

Berean Study Bible
May ruin befall them by surprise; may the net they hid ensnare them; may they fall into their own destruction.

New American Standard Bible
Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

King James Bible
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

Christian Standard Bible
Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it--to his ruin.

Contemporary English Version
Surprise them with disaster! Trap them in their own nets and let them fall and rot in the pits they have dug.

Good News Translation
But destruction will catch them before they know it; they will be caught in their own trap and fall to their destruction!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it--to his ruin.

International Standard Version
Let destruction come upon them unawares, and let the net that he hid catch him; let him fall into destruction.

NET Bible
Let destruction take them by surprise! Let the net they hid catch them! Let them fall into destruction!

New Heart English Bible
Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let evil come against them suddenly, and the net that they have hid will take them and they will fall into the ditch which they have dug.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let destruction surprise them. Let the net that they hid catch them. Let them fall into their own pit and be destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let destruction come upon him unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself; With destruction let him fall therein.

New American Standard 1977
Let destruction come upon him unawares; And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let destruction come upon him at unawares, and let his net that he has hid catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall.

King James 2000 Bible
Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

American King James Version
Let destruction come on him at unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

American Standard Version
Let destruction come upon him unawares; And let his net that he hath hid catch himself: With destruction let him fall therein.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let a snare which they know not come upon them; and the gin which they hid take them; and let them fall into the very same snare.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the snare which he knoweth not come upon him : and let the net which he hath hidden catch him : and let the net which he hath hidden catch him : and into that very snare let them fall.

Darby Bible Translation
Let destruction come upon him unawares, and let his net which he hath hidden catch himself: for destruction let him fall therein.

English Revised Version
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: with destruction let him fall therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

World English Bible
Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
Meet him doth desolation -- he knoweth not, And his net that he hid catcheth him, For desolation he falleth into it.
Study Bible
Contend with My Opponents
7For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul. 8May ruin befall them by surprise; may the net they hid ensnare them; may they fall into their own destruction. 9Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and exult in His salvation.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, "Peace and security," destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Job 18:8
For his own feet lead him into a net, and he wanders into its mesh.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have fallen into a pit of their making; their feet are snared in the net they have hidden.

Psalm 55:23
But You, O God, will bring them down to the Pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.

Psalm 73:18
Surely You set them on slick ground; You cast them down into ruin.

Psalm 141:10
Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

Isaiah 47:11
But disaster will come upon you; you will not know how to charm it away. A calamity will befall you that you will be unable to ward off. Devastation will happen to you suddenly and unexpectedly.

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 destruction come on him at unawares; and let his net that he has hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

Let destruction.

Psalm 64:7
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Psalm 73:18-20
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction…

Proverbs 29:1
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

at unawares [heb.

Psalm 7:15,16
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 57:6
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

Psalm 141:9,10
Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity…

into

1 Samuel 18:17
And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

1 Samuel 31:2-4
And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons…

2 Samuel 17:2-4,23
And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only: …







Lexicon
May ruin
שׁוֹאָה֮ (šō·w·’āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7722: A tempest, devastation

befall them
תְּבוֹאֵ֣הוּ (tə·ḇō·w·’ê·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

by surprise;
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

may the net
וְרִשְׁתּ֣וֹ (wə·riš·tōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7568: A net

they hid
טָמַ֣ן (ṭā·man)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2934: To hide, conceal

ensnare them;
תִּלְכְּד֑וֹ (til·kə·ḏōw)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

may they fall
יִפָּל־ (yip·pāl-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into
בָּֽהּ׃ (bāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

their own destruction.
בְּ֝שׁוֹאָ֗ה (bə·šō·w·’āh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7722: A tempest, devastation
(8) Let destruction.--There is considerable difficulty here, and the ancient versions, by their variations, seem to point to some confusion in the text. The LXX., no doubt, are right in reading the pronouns as plurals, instead of singular. The word translated "destruction" means, primarily, a storm, or the crash that accompanies a storm (Proverbs 1:27), and if with the Syriac we might supply a clause, both parallelism and sense would be complete.

"Let men come upon him (them) unexpectedly.

Let the net which he had catch himself,

The pit which he (they) digged, let him (them) fall into it,

In ruin let him (them) fall into it."

For "unawares," see margin and Note, Song of Solomon 6:12.

Verse 8. - Let destruction come upon him at unawares; i.e. let the evil happen to him that he designed against others. As he sought to catch others in traps of which they knew nothing (ver. 7), so let an unexpected destruction come upon him. And let his net that he hath hid catch himself (comp. Psalm 9:15, 16; Psalm 57:6; Psalm 141:10). It is the perfection of poetic justice when "the engineer" is "hoist by his own petard." Into that very destruction lot him fall; rather, for destruction let him fall therein; i.e. let him not only fall into his own trap, but let his fall prove his destruction. David's imprecations have always something about them from which the Christian shrinks; and this is particularly the case when he asks for his enemies' destruction. 35:1-10 It is no new thing for the most righteous men, and the most righteous cause, to meet with enemies. This is a fruit of the old enmity in the seed of the serpent against the Seed of the woman. David in his afflictions, Christ in his sufferings, the church under persecution, and the Christian in the hour temptation, all beseech the Almighty to appear in their behalf, and to vindicate their cause. We are apt to justify uneasiness at the injuries men do us, by our never having given them cause to use us so ill; but this should make us easy, for then we may the more expect that God will plead our cause. David prayed to God to manifest himself in his trial. Let me have inward comfort under all outward troubles, to support my soul. If God, by his Spirit, witness to our spirits that he is our salvation, we need desire no more to make us happy. If God is our Friend, no matter who is our enemy. By the Spirit of prophecy, David foretells the just judgments of God that would come upon his enemies for their great wickedness. These are predictions, they look forward, and show the doom of the enemies of Christ and his kingdom. We must not desire or pray for the ruin of any enemies, except our lusts and the evil spirits that would compass our destruction. A traveller benighted in a bad road, is an expressive emblem of a sinner walking in the slippery and dangerous ways of temptation. But David having committed his cause to God, did not doubt of his own deliverance. The bones are the strongest parts of the body. The psalmist here proposes to serve and glorify God with all his strength. If such language may be applied to outward salvation, how much more will it apply to heavenly things in Christ Jesus!
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