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 the hazard they created.

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.

New King James Version
Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

New American Standard Bible
Let destruction come upon him when he is unaware, And let the net which he hid catch him; Let him fall into that very destruction.

NASB 1995
Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

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

Amplified Bible
Let destruction come upon my enemy by surprise; Let the net he hid for me catch him; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

Literal Standard Version
Desolation meets him—he does not know, And his net that he hid catches him, He falls into it for desolation.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 the hazard they created. 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 caught 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.


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: …









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
May ruin
שׁוֹאָה֮ (šō·w·’āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 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 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

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

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

ensnare them;
תִּלְכְּד֑וֹ (til·kə·ḏōw)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 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 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 7722: A tempest, devastation


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