Psalm 55:10
New International Version
Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.

New Living Translation
Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city.

English Standard Version
Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;

Berean Study Bible
Day and night they encircle the walls, while malice and trouble lie within.

New American Standard Bible
Day and night they go around her upon her walls, And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

King James Bible
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

Christian Standard Bible
day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;

Contemporary English Version
and they are like guards on patrol day and night. The city is full of trouble, evil,

Good News Translation
surrounding it day and night, filling it with crime and trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;

International Standard Version
Day and night they prowl around its walls; evil and iniquity are within it.

NET Bible
Day and night they walk around on its walls, while wickedness and destruction are within it.

New Heart English Bible
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By day and by night they go around its walls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Day and night they go around on [top of] the city walls. Trouble and misery are everywhere.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

New American Standard 1977
Day and night they go around her upon her walls; And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; iniquity also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

King James 2000 Bible
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

American King James Version
Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it.

American Standard Version
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Day and night he shall go round about it upon its walls: iniquity and sorrow and unrighteousness are in the midst of it;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Day and night shall iniquity surround it upon its walls: and in the midst thereof are labour,

Darby Bible Translation
Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof; and iniquity and mischief are in the midst of it.

English Revised Version
Day and night they go about upon the walls thereof: iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Day and night they go about it upon its walls: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

World English Bible
Day and night they prowl around on its walls. Malice and abuse are also within her.

Young's Literal Translation
By day and by night they go round it, on its walls. Both iniquity and perverseness are in its midst,
Study Bible
Cast Your Burden upon the LORD
9O Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city. 10Day and night they encircle the walls, while malice and trouble lie within. 11Destruction is in the midst; oppression and deceit never leave the streets.…
Cross References
Psalm 12:8
The wicked wander freely, and vileness is exalted among men.

Psalm 55:9
O Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city.

Psalm 55:11
Destruction is in the midst; oppression and deceit never leave the streets.

Treasury of Scripture

Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it.

Day

Psalm 59:6,14,15
They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city…

1 Samuel 19:11
Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow thou shalt be slain.

2 Samuel 17:1,2
Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: …

mischief

2 Samuel 16:21,22
And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong…

Isaiah 59:6-15
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands…

Ezekiel 9:4
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.







Lexicon
Day
יוֹמָ֤ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3119: Daytime, by day

and night
וָלַ֗יְלָה (wā·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity

they encircle
יְסוֹבְבֻ֥הָ (yə·sō·wḇ·ḇu·hā)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

the walls,
חוֹמֹתֶ֑יהָ (ḥō·w·mō·ṯe·hā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2346: A wall of protection

while malice
וְאָ֖וֶן (wə·’ā·wen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

and trouble
וְעָמָ֣ל (wə·‘ā·māl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

[lie] within.
בְּקִרְבָּֽהּ׃ (bə·qir·bāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7130: The nearest part, the center
(10) They go.--It is quite in keeping with the Hebrew style to suppose mischief and strife personified here as the ancient versions do, and not only occupying the city as inhabitants, but prowling about its walls. So in the next verse corruption (see Psalm 5:9, Note), deceit, and guile are personified. Comp. Virgil's

"ubique

Luctus, ubique Pavor, et plurima mortis imago."

Verse 10. - Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof. "It is not a siege or blockade that is described; and the persons spoken of are not foreign, but native enemies. These are compared to watchmen on the walls; only, instead of keeping watch against the enemy, they 'watch for iniquity' "(Cheyne). Mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it; rather, iniquity also and trouble. Compare the "violence and strife" of ver. 9. Society is disorganized. It is not only that wickedness prevails, but throughout the city there is violence and contention. 55:9-15 No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. Let us not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. God often destroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. And an interest divided against itself cannot long stand. The true Christian must expect trials from professed friends, from those with whom he has been united; this will be very painful; but by looking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ was betrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel in his crimes and doom. Both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. And this prayer is a prophecy of the utter, the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and rebel against the Messiah.
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