Psalm 54:3
New International Version
Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— people without regard for God.

New Living Translation
For strangers are attacking me; violent people are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God. Interlude

English Standard Version
For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Berean Study Bible
For strangers rise up against me, and ruthless men seek my life—men with no regard for God. Selah

King James Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

New King James Version
For strangers have risen up against me, And oppressors have sought after my life; They have not set God before them. Selah

New American Standard Bible
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah

NASB 1995
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

NASB 1977
For strangers have risen against me, And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

Amplified Bible
For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
For strangers rise up against me, and violent men intend to kill me. They do not let God guide them. Selah

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For strangers rise up against me, and violent men seek my life. They have no regard for God. Selah

American Standard Version
For strangers are risen up against me, And violent men have sought after my soul: They have not set God before them. [Selah

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because foreigners stood up against me and the mighty have sought my soul and have not considered you, oh, God!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For strangers have risen up against me, and mighty men have sought my life: they have not set God before them. Pause.

Contemporary English Version
Cruel strangers have attacked and want me dead. Not one of them cares about you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

Good News Translation
Proud people are coming to attack me; cruel people are trying to kill me--those who do not care about God.

International Standard Version
For the arrogant have arisen against me; oppressors have sought to take my life. They do not keep God in mind! Interlude

JPS Tanakh 1917
For strangers are risen up against me, And violent men have sought after my soul; They have not set God before them. Selah

Literal Standard Version
For strangers have risen up against me And terrible ones have sought my soul, They have not set God before them. Selah.

New American Bible
Strangers have risen against me; the ruthless seek my life; they do not keep God before them. Selah

NET Bible
For foreigners attack me; ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. (Selah)

New Revised Standard Version
For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them. Selah

New Heart English Bible
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.

World English Bible
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
For strangers have risen up against me And terrible ones have sought my soul, They have not set God before them. Selah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Vindicate Me by Your Might
2Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers rise up against me, and ruthless men seek my life— men with no regard for God. Selah 4Surely God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah. He came to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? How have I sinned against your father, that he wants to take my life?"

1 Samuel 25:29
And should someone pursue you and seek your life, then the life of my lord will be bound securely by the LORD your God in the bundle of the living. But He shall fling away the lives of your enemies like stones from a sling.

Psalm 18:48
who delivers me from my enemies. You exalt me above my foes; You rescue me from violent men.

Psalm 36:1
An oracle is in my heart regarding the transgression of the wicked man: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

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 63:9
But those who seek my life to destroy it will go into the depths of the earth.


Treasury of Scripture

For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

strangers

Psalm 69:8
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.

Psalm 86:14
O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

Job 19:13-15
He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me…

oppressors

Psalm 22:16
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 59:3-5
For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD…

Matthew 27:20-23
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus…

they have

Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Psalm 36:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

Psalm 53:4
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.











(3) For strangers.--This verse, with some variations, occurs again (Psalm 86:14); some MSS. even reading here "proud," instead of "strangers." With the received reading we must understand by the word "foreign oppressors"--though, doubtless, the inscription of the Psalm may be defended by taking the word in a derived sense of those Israelites who have degenerated, and so deserve the name "aliens."

Verse 3. - For strangers are risen up against me. David's designation of his foes as "strangers" has been made an argument against the trustworthiness of the "title," since the Ziphites were Israelites of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:55). But he might well call those "strangers" who were treating him as an alien. Comp. Psalm 120:5, where "the psalmist, heavily oppressed by his countrymen, complains that he dwelt in Mesheeh and Kedar" (Hengstenberg). And oppressors seek after my soul; or, my life. The phrase is exactly that used in 1 Samuel 23:15, when David was in the wilderness of Ziph, in a wood, and "saw that Saul was come out to seek his life." They have not set God before them (comp. Psalm 86:14). David, on the contrary, "set the Lord always before him" (Psalm 16:8).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

strangers
זָרִ֨ים ׀ (zā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

rise up
קָ֤מוּ (qā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

against me,
עָלַ֗י (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and ruthless
וְֽ֭עָרִיצִים (wə·‘ā·rî·ṣîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6184: Awe-inspiring, terror-striking

men seek
בִּקְשׁ֣וּ (biq·šū)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

men with no
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

regard
שָׂ֨מוּ (śā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

for God.
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's 5542: Suspension, pause


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