Psalm 64:4
New International Version
They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear.

New Living Translation
They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly.

English Standard Version
shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear.

Berean Study Bible
ambushing the innocent in seclusion, shooting suddenly, without fear.

King James Bible
That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

New King James Version
That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

New American Standard Bible
To shoot from concealment at the innocent; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

NASB 1995
To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

NASB 1977
To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

Amplified Bible
To shoot from ambush at the blameless [one]; Suddenly they shoot at him, without fear.

Christian Standard Bible
shooting from concealed places at the blameless. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.

American Standard Version
That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect: Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To shoot in a secret place at the perfect one; suddenly they will shoot at him and they will not be seen.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to shoot in secret at the blameless; they will shoot him suddenly, and will not fear.

Contemporary English Version
They fearlessly ambush and shoot innocent people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
to shoot in secret the undefiled.

English Revised Version
That they may shoot in secret places at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Good News Translation
They are quick to spread their shameless lies; they destroy good people with cowardly slander.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to shoot at innocent people from their hiding places. They shoot at them suddenly, without any fear.

International Standard Version
shooting at the innocent from concealment. Suddenly they shoot, fearing nothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That they may shoot in secret places at the blameless; Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

Literal Standard Version
To shoot the perfect in secret places, "" Suddenly they shoot him, and do not fear.

NET Bible
in order to shoot down the innocent in secluded places. They shoot at him suddenly and are unafraid of retaliation.

New Heart English Bible
to shoot innocent men from ambushes. They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.

World English Bible
to shoot innocent men from ambushes. They shoot at him suddenly and fearlessly.

Young's Literal Translation
To shoot in secret places the perfect, Suddenly they shoot him, and fear not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Hurtful Tongue
3who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows, 4ambushing the innocent in seclusion, shooting suddenly, without fear. 5They hold fast to their evil purpose; they speak of hiding their snares. “Who will see them?” they say.…

Cross References
Psalm 10:8
He lies in wait near the villages; in ambush he slays the innocent; his eyes watch in stealth for the helpless.

Psalm 11:2
For behold, the wicked bend their bows. They set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

Psalm 55:19
God will hear and humiliate them--the One enthroned for the ages--Selah because they do not change and they have no fear of God.

Psalm 91:5
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,


Treasury of Scripture

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

shoot

Psalm 10:8,9
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor…

Nehemiah 4:11
And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

Habakkuk 3:14
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

the perfect

Psalm 59:3,4
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…

John 19:6
When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

1 Peter 2:22,23
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: …

suddenly

Psalm 64:7
But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

1 Samuel 18:11
And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

1 Samuel 19:10
And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.









(4) And fear not.--These are utterly unscrupulous, fearing neither God nor man.

Verse 4. - That they may shoot in secret at the perfect; or, in their hiding places. David does not scruple to call himself "perfect," using the word in the sense in which it is used of Job (Job 1:1; Job 2:3), meaning a sincere and upright man. Suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. They are not afraid, though it is "the anointed of the Lord," whom to attack is not only rebellion, but sacrilege (see 2 Samuel 1:14).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
ambushing
לִיר֣וֹת (lî·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

the innocent
תָּ֑ם (tām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8535: Complete, pious, gentle, dear

in seclusion,
בַּמִּסְתָּרִ֣ים (bam·mis·tā·rîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4565: A secret place, hiding place

shooting
יֹ֝רֻ֗הוּ (yō·ru·hū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

suddenly,
פִּתְאֹ֥ם (piṯ·’ōm)
Adverb
Strong's 6597: Suddenness, suddenly

without
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

fear.
יִירָֽאוּ׃ (yî·rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten


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