Psalm 62:3
New International Version
How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down-- this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

New Living Translation
So many enemies against one man--all of them trying to kill me. To them I'm just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence.

English Standard Version
How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

Berean Study Bible
How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you throw him down like a leaning wall or a tottering fence?

New American Standard Bible
How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

King James Bible
How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

Christian Standard Bible
How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering fence?

Contemporary English Version
I feel like a shaky fence or a sagging wall. How long will all of you attack and assault me?

Good News Translation
How much longer will all of you attack someone who is no stronger than a broken-down fence?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence?

International Standard Version
How long will you rage against someone? Would you attack him as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering fence?

NET Bible
How long will you threaten a man? All of you are murderers, as dangerous as a leaning wall or an unstable fence.

New Heart English Bible
How long will you assault a man, would all of you throw him down, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How long will you be provoked by a man that you would kill, like a fallen wall or like an abandoned hedge?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How long will all of you attack a person? How long will you try to murder him, as though he were a leaning wall or a sagging fence?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How long will ye set upon a man, That ye may slay him, all of you, As a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

New American Standard 1977
How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Shall ye murder each other until ye are as a bowing wall and as a tottering fence?

King James 2000 Bible
How long will you imagine evil against a man? you shall be slain all of you: as a leaning wall shall you be, and as a tottering fence.

American King James Version
How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall you be, and as a tottering fence.

American Standard Version
How long will ye set upon a man, That ye may slay him , all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
How long will ye assault a man? ye are all slaughtering as with a bowed wall and a broken hedge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long do you rush in upon a man? you all kill, as if you were thrusting down a leaning wall, and a tottering fence.

Darby Bible Translation
How long will ye assail a man; will ye [seek], all of you, to break him down as a bowing wall or a tottering fence?

English Revised Version
How long will ye set upon a man, that ye may slay him, all of you, like a bowing wall, like a tottering fence?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

World English Bible
How long will you assault a man, would all of you throw him down, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

Young's Literal Translation
Till when do ye devise mischief against a man? Ye are destroyed all of you, As a wall inclined, a hedge that is cast down.
Study Bible
Waiting on God
2He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 3How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you throw him down like a leaning wall or a tottering fence? 4They fully intend to topple him from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah…
Cross References
Job 4:4
Your words have steadied those who stumbled, and have made firm the knees that were buckling.

Isaiah 30:13
this iniquity of yours is like a breach about to fall, a bulge in a high wall, whose collapse will come suddenly--in an instant!

Treasury of Scripture

How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall you be, and as a tottering fence.

How

Psalm 4:2
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

Psalm 82:2
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Exodus 10:3
And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

imagine

Psalm 21:11
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Psalm 38:12
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Psalm 140:2
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

ye shall

Psalm 73:18-20
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction…

1 Samuel 26:10
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

bowing

Isaiah 30:13,14
Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant…







Lexicon
How long
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

will you threaten
תְּהֽוֹתְת֣וּ (tə·hō·wṯ·ṯū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2050: To break in upon, to assail

a man?
אִישׁ֮ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

Will all
כֻ֫לְּכֶ֥ם (ḵul·lə·ḵem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

of you throw him down
תְּרָצְּח֪וּ (tə·rāṣ·ṣə·ḥū)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7523: To dash in pieces, kill, to murder

like a leaning
נָט֑וּי (nā·ṭui)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

wall
כְּקִ֥יר (kə·qîr)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7023: A wall

or a tottering
הַדְּחוּיָֽה׃ (had·də·ḥū·yāh)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1760: To push, thrust

fence?
גָּ֝דֵ֗ר (gā·ḏêr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1447: A circumvallation, an inclosure
(3) Imagine mischief.--This is the Rabbinical rendering of a word that occurs only here. The LXX. have "fall upon"; Vulg., "rush upon," a meaning supported by an Arabic root meaning to storm or assault, and is so far preferable to Aquila's and Jerome's "plot against," and Symmachus' "labour in vain," or Syriac, "act foolishly."

Ye shall be slain.--The reading varies, the Tiberian school reading the verb passive, the Babylonian, active. The latter is supported by the ancient versions. The primary meaning is given to break, and we get:

How long will ye assault a man?

(How long) will ye try to break him down,

As if he were a bowing wall, a tottering fence.

The metaphor of the falling wall is common in Eastern proverbs. "The wall is bowing," is said of a man at the point of death. "By the oppression of the headman, the people of that village are a ruined wall."

Verse 3. - How long will ye imagine mischief agaiust a man? rather, How long will ye assault (or, set upon) a man? Attack him, that is - seek to do him grievous hurt, as ye are attacking me. Ye shall be slain all of you; rather, that ye may crush him, all of you together. The hope of the conspirators under Absalom was in their united strength. As a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. The words supplied in the Authorized Version should be omitted. It is David who is viewed by his enemies as a bulged wall (see Isaiah 30:15) or a tottering fence, which it requires only a strong push to throw down. 62:1-7 We are in the way both of duty and comfort, when our souls wait upon God; when we cheerfully give up ourselves, and all our affairs, to his will and wisdom; when we leave ourselves to all the ways of his providence, and patiently expect the event, with full satisfaction in his goodness. See the ground and reason of this dependence. By his grace he has supported me, and by his providence delivered me. He only can be my Rock and my salvation; creatures are nothing without him, therefore I will look above them to him. Trusting in God, the heart is fixed. If God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us. David having put his confidence in God, foresees the overthrow of his enemies. We have found it good to wait upon the Lord, and should charge our souls to have such constant dependence upon him, as may make us always easy. If God will save my soul, I may well leave every thing else to his disposal, knowing all shall turn to my salvation. And as David's faith in God advances to an unshaken stedfastness, so his joy in God improves into a holy triumph. Meditation and prayer are blessed means of strengthening faith and hope.
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