Psalm 38:20
New International Version
Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good.

New Living Translation
They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good.

English Standard Version
Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.

Berean Study Bible
Those who repay my good with evil attack me for pursuing the good.

New American Standard Bible
And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good.

King James Bible
They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Christian Standard Bible
Those who repay evil for good attack me for pursuing good.

Contemporary English Version
and they repay evil for good because I try to do right.

Good News Translation
Those who pay back evil for good are against me because I try to do right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who repay evil for good attack me for pursuing good.

International Standard Version
They reward my good with evil, opposing me because I seek to do good.

NET Bible
They repay me evil for the good I have done; though I have tried to do good to them, they hurl accusations at me.

New Heart English Bible
They who also render evil for good are adversaries to me, because I follow what is good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They have paid me evil for good and have regarded me with malice because I have sought good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They pay me back with evil instead of good, and they accuse me because I try to do what is good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They also that repay evil for good Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.

New American Standard 1977
And those who repay evil for good, They oppose me, because I follow what is good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
rendering evil for good they are against me because I follow that which is good.

King James 2000 Bible
They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that is good.

American King James Version
They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

American Standard Version
They also that render evil for good Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They that reward evil for good slandered me; because I followed righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that render evil for good, have detracted me, because I followed goodness.

Darby Bible Translation
And they that render evil for good are adversaries unto me; because I pursue what is good.

English Revised Version
They also that render evil for good are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.

Webster's Bible Translation
They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that is good.

World English Bible
They who also render evil for good are adversaries to me, because I follow what is good.

Young's Literal Translation
And those paying evil for good accuse me, Because of my pursuing good.
Study Bible
Do Not Rebuke Me in Your Anger
19Many are my enemies without cause, and many hate me without reason. 20Those who repay my good with evil attack me for pursuing the good. 21Do not forsake me, O LORD; be not far from me, O my God.…
Cross References
1 John 3:12
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.

Psalm 35:12
They repay me evil for good, to the bereavement of my soul.

Psalm 109:4
In return for my love they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

Psalm 109:5
They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Isaiah 66:5
You who tremble at His word, hear the word of the LORD: "Your brothers who hate and exclude you because of My name have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified that we may see your joy!' But they will be put to shame."

Treasury of Scripture

They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

render

Psalm 7:4
If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

Psalm 35:12
They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

Psalm 109:3-5
They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause…

because

Matthew 5:10
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

John 10:32
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

1 Peter 3:13,17,18
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? …







Lexicon
Those who repay
וּמְשַׁלְּמֵ֣י (ū·mə·šal·lə·mê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate

my good
טוֹבָ֑ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

with
תַּ֣חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

evil
רָ֭עָה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

attack
יִ֝שְׂטְנ֗וּנִי (yiś·ṭə·nū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7853: To be or act as adversary

me for
תַּ֣חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

pursuing
רָֽדְפִי־ (rā·ḏə·p̄î-)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

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Strong's Hebrew
Verse 20. - They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries (comp. Psalm 35:12). Because I follow the thing that good is; literally, because I follow good. 38:12-22 Wicked men hate goodness, even when they benefit by it. David, in the complaints he makes of his enemies, seems to refer to Christ. But our enemies do us real mischief only when they drive us from God and our duty. The true believer's trouble will be made useful; he will learn to wait for his God, and will not seek relief from the world or himself. The less we notice the unkindness and injuries that are done us, the more we consult the quiet of our own minds. David's troubles were the chastisement and the consequence of his transgressions, whilst Christ suffered for our sins and ours only. What right can a sinner have to yield to impatience or anger, when mercifully corrected for his sins? David was very sensible of the present workings of corruption in him. Good men, by setting their sorrow continually before them, have been ready to fall; but by setting God always before them, they have kept their standing. If we are truly penitent for sin, that will make us patient under affliction. Nothing goes nearer to the heart of a believer when in affliction, than to be under the apprehension of God's deserting him; nor does any thing come more feelingly from his heart than this prayer, Be not far from me. The Lord will hasten to help those who trust in him as their salvation.
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