Psalm 56:6
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New International Version
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.

New Living Translation
They come together to spy on me--watching my every step, eager to kill me.

English Standard Version
They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps, as they have waited for my life.

Berean Study Bible
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, while they wait to take my life.

New American Standard Bible
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.

King James Bible
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Christian Standard Bible
They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.

Contemporary English Version
They attack from ambush, watching my every step and hoping to kill me.

Good News Translation
They gather in hiding places and watch everything I do, hoping to kill me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life.

International Standard Version
They gather together and hide in ambush. They watch my every step as they lie in wait for my life.

NET Bible
They stalk and lurk; they watch my every step, as they prepare to take my life.

New Heart English Bible
They conspire and lurk, watching my steps, they are eager to take my life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They will lie in wait and they will stay and they will watch my steps as they lay wait for my life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They attack, and then they hide. They watch my every step as they wait to take my life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, They mark my steps; According as they have waited for my soul.

New American Standard 1977
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps when they wait for my soul.

King James 2000 Bible
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

American King James Version
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

American Standard Version
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, They mark my steps, Even as they have waited for my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They will dwell and hide themselves: they will watch my heel. As they have waited for my soul,

Darby Bible Translation
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; they mark my steps, because they wait for my soul.

English Revised Version
They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, even as they have waited for my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
They assemble themselves, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

World English Bible
They conspire and lurk, watching my steps, they are eager to take my life.

Young's Literal Translation
They assemble, they hide, they watch my heels, When they have expected my soul.
Study Bible
Be Merciful to Me, O God
5All day long they twist my words; all their thoughts are of my demise. 6They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, while they wait to take my life. 7In spite of such sin, shall they escape? In Your anger, O God, cast down the nations.…
Cross References
Psalm 17:11
They have tracked us down, and now surround us; their eyes are set to cast us to the ground,

Psalm 59:3
See how they lie in wait for me. Fierce men conspire against me for no transgression or sin of my own, O LORD.

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of workers of iniquity,

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies speak against me, and those who lie in wait for my life conspire,

Psalm 94:21
They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.

Psalm 140:2
who devise evil in their hearts and stir up war all day long.

Isaiah 54:15
If anyone attacks you, it is not from Me; whoever assails you will fall before you.

Treasury of Scripture

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

gather

Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

Psalm 59:3 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

Psalm 71:10 For my enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul …

Psalm 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Matthew 26:3,4,57 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Acts 4:5,6 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes…

Acts 23:12-14 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

jide

Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

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

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel …

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

Psalm 89:51 With which your enemies have reproached, O LORD; with which they …

Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

Job 31:4 Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …







(6) They hide themselves.--Better, they set spies.

Mark my steps.--Literally, watch my heels. (See Psalm 49:5; Psalm 89:51.)

Verse 6. - They gather themselves together, they hide themselves; or, "they gather themselves together; they set an ambush." They mark my steps, when they wait for my soul; literally, they, even they, mark my steps; i.e. they themselves, grand as they are, condescend to be spies, and track my footsteps. They gather themselves together,.... And meet in some one place, to contrive ways and means to do hurt, and then assemble together again to put them in execution; as did the Jews with respect to Christ, Matthew 26:3. Aben Ezra supposes a various reading without any reason; and that, instead of which Jarchi renders "they lodge", and the Septuagint, and the versions following that, "they sojourn", it should be read "they assemble in troops": because they were many: but the sense is, "they stay" (x), or continue in some certain place:

they hide themselves; the Targum adds, "in ambush": they lay in wait, and caused others to lie in wait for him, in order to take him; as did Saul and his men, and the servants of the king of Gath;

they mark my steps; they observed where he went, that they might seize him; or they observed his heels, as the old serpent did the Messiah's, that he might bruise them; or they watched for his halting, as Jeremiah's familiars did for his;

when they wait for my soul; to take away his life, to destroy him; see Psalm 119:95; they wanted not a will to do it, they only waited for an opportunity. The Targum is,

"as they waited, they did to my soul:''

or rather, "after they had hoped for my soul" (y): when they had entertained hopes of taking him, this animated them to do the above things.

(x) "Commorabuntur", Montanus; "simul ipsi morantur", Vatablus; so Gussetius, p. 166. (y) Vid. Gusset. Ebr. Comment. p. 361. 56:1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?
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