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

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.

King James Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strangers have attacked me. Ruthless people seek my life. They do not think about God. [Selah]

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul; they have not set God before them. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

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

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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not set God before them. Selah.

English Revised Version
For strangers are risen up against me, and violent men have sought after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
For strangers have risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not 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.
Study Bible
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 in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God. 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, and plot 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.

Psalm 70:2
May those who seek my life be ashamed and confounded; may those who wish me harm be repelled and humiliated.

Psalm 86:14
The arrogant rise against me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, with no regard for You.

Psalm 140:1
Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men. Protect me from men of violence,

Psalm 140:4
Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked. Keep me safe from men of violence who scheme to make me stumble.

Psalm 144:7
Reach down from on high; rescue me and deliver me from deep waters, from the grasp of foreigners,

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

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.







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

strangers
זָרִ֨ים ׀ (zā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(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). 54:1-3 God is faithful, though men are not to be trusted, and it is well for us it is so. David has no other plea to depend upon than God's name, no other power to depend upon than God's strength, and these he makes his refuge and confidence. This would be the effectual answer to his prayers. Looking unto David, betrayed by the men of Judah, and to Jesus, betrayed by one of his apostles, what can we expect from any who have not set God before them, save ingratitude, treachery, malice, and cruelty? What bonds of nature, or friendship, or gratitude, or covenant, will hold those that have broken through the fear of God? Selah; Mark this. Let us set God before us at all times; for if we do not, we are in danger of despair.
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