Psalm 37:14
New International Version
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

New Living Translation
The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.

English Standard Version
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;

Berean Study Bible
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

King James Bible
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

New King James Version
The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To take down the afflicted and the needy, To kill off those who are upright in conduct.

NASB 1995
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slay those who are upright in conduct.

NASB 1977
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow, To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slay those who are upright in conduct.

Amplified Bible
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character].

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow to bring down the poor and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright.

American Standard Version
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay such as are upright in the way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent the bow to kill the poor and the afflicted and those whose ways are upright.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Sinners have drawn their swords, they have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy one, and to slay the upright in heart.

Contemporary English Version
The wicked kill with swords and shoot arrows to murder the poor and the needy and all who do right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked have drawn out the sword : they have bent their bow. To cast down the poor and needy, to kill the upright of heart.

English Revised Version
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay such as be upright in the way:

Good News Translation
The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows to kill the poor and needy, to slaughter those who do what is right;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wicked people pull out their swords and bend their bows to kill oppressed and needy people, to slaughter those who are decent.

International Standard Version
The wicked take out a sword and bend the bow, to bring down the humble and the poor to slay those who are righteous in conduct.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow; To cast down the poor and needy, To slay such as are upright in the way;

Literal Standard Version
The wicked have opened a sword, And they have bent their bow, To cause the poor and needy to fall, To slaughter the upright of the way.

NET Bible
Evil men draw their swords and prepare their bows, to bring down the oppressed and needy, and to slaughter those who are godly.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to kill those who are upright in the way.

World English Bible
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to kill those who are upright in the way.

Young's Literal Translation
A sword have the wicked opened, And they have trodden their bow, To cause to fall the poor and needy, To slaughter the upright of the way.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
13but the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming. 14The wicked have drawn the sword and bent the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. 15But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.…

Cross References
Psalm 11:2
For behold, the wicked bend their bows. They set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

Psalm 17:11
They have tracked us down, and now surround us; their eyes are set to cast us to the ground,

Psalm 22:20
Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of wild dogs.

Psalm 35:10
All my bones will exclaim, "Who is like You, O LORD, who delivers the afflicted from the aggressor, the poor and needy from the robber?"

Psalm 37:32
Though the wicked lie in wait for the righteous, and seek to slay them,

Psalm 86:1
Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 109:16
For he never thought to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and brokenhearted, even to their death.


Treasury of Scripture

The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

wicked

Psalm 64:2-6
Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: …

Acts 12:2,3,11,23
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword…

slay

1 Samuel 24:11,17
Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it…

Proverbs 29:10,27
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul…

Habakkuk 1:13
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

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Verse 14. - The wicked have drawn out the sword, and bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy. David is perhaps thinking especially of his own persecutors, Saul and Absalom, who pursued after him with armed men, and sought his life (1 Samuel 23:8, 14, 26; 1 Samuel 24:2; 1 Samuel 26:2; 2 Samuel 17:24-26; 2 Samuel 18:6-8). But he may also have in his mind the raids that powerful chiefs made upon their weak and peaceful neighbours (Job 24:5-12). And to slay such as be of a right conversation; or, such as are upright in way; i.e. such as lead a righteous

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The wicked
רְשָׁעִים֮ (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

have drawn
פָּֽתְח֣וּ (pā·ṯə·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the sword
חֶ֤רֶב ׀ (ḥe·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

and bent
וְדָרְכ֪וּ (wə·ḏā·rə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1869: To tread, to walk, to string a, bow

the bow
קַ֫שְׁתָּ֥ם (qaš·tām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7198: A bow, for, shooting, the iris

to bring down
לְ֭הַפִּיל (lə·hap·pîl)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

the poor
עָנִ֣י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and needy,
וְאֶבְי֑וֹן (wə·’eḇ·yō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 34: In want, needy, poor

to slay
לִ֝טְב֗וֹחַ (liṭ·ḇō·w·aḥ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2873: To slaughter, butcher, slay

those whose ways
דָֽרֶךְ׃ (ḏā·reḵ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

[are] upright.
יִשְׁרֵי־ (yiš·rê-)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3477: Straight, right


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