Psalm 7:5
New International Version
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

New Living Translation
then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude

English Standard Version
let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Berean Study Bible
then may my enemy pursue me and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah

New American Standard Bible
Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

King James Bible
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah

Contemporary English Version
If I have done any of this, then let my enemies chase and capture me. Let them trample me to death and leave me in the dirt.

Good News Translation
then let my enemies pursue me and catch me, let them cut me down and kill me and leave me lifeless on the ground!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah

International Standard Version
then, let my enemy pursue me, let him overtake me, and let him trample my life to the ground. Interlude Let him put my honor into the dust.

NET Bible
may an enemy relentlessly chase me and catch me; may he trample me to death and leave me lying dishonored in the dust. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
May the enemy persecute my soul, and let him seize it and tread my life into the ground, and destroy my honor into the dust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then let the enemy chase me and catch me. Let him trample my life into the ground. Let him lay my honor in the dust. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it, And tread my life down to the earth; Yea, let him lay my glory in the dust. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground, And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; let him tread down my life upon the earth and lay my honour in the dust. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.

American King James Version
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yes, let him tread down my life on the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.

American Standard Version
Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; Yea, let him tread my life down to the earth, And lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let the enemy persecute my soul, an take it; and let him trample my life on the ground, and lay my glory in the dust. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the enemy pursue my soul, and take it, and tread down my life on the earth, and bring down my glory to the dust.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the enemy pursue after my soul, and take [it], and let him tread down my life to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

English Revised Version
Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yea, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yes, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.

World English Bible
let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
An enemy pursueth my soul, and overtaketh, And treadeth down to the earth my life, And my honour placeth in the dust. Selah.
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
4if I have rewarded my ally with evil, if I have plundered my foe without cause, 5then may my enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah 6Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; rise up against the fury of my enemies. Awake, my God, and ordain judgment.…
Cross References
Job 16:15
I have sewn sackcloth over my skin; I have buried my horn in the dust.

Psalm 7:4
if I have rewarded my ally with evil, if I have plundered my foe without cause,

Psalm 7:6
Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; rise up against the fury of my enemies. Awake, my God, and ordain judgment.

Treasury of Scripture

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yes, let him tread down my life on the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah.

Let

Job 31:5-10,38-40
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; …

tread

Psalm 44:5
Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

Psalm 60:12
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Job 40:12
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

lay

Psalm 49:12
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

Job 16:15
I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.

Job 40:13
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

Selah

Psalm 3:2
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

Habakkuk 3:13
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.







Lexicon
then may my enemy
אוֹיֵ֨ב ׀ (’ō·w·yêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

pursue
יִֽרַדֹּ֥ף (yi·rad·dōp̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

and overtake
וְיַשֵּׂ֗ג (wə·yaś·śêḡ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5381: To reach, overtake

me;
נַפְשִׁ֡י (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

may he trample
וְיִרְמֹ֣ס (wə·yir·mōs)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7429: To tread upon

me
חַיָּ֑י (ḥay·yāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

to the ground
לָאָ֣רֶץ (lā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

and leave
יַשְׁכֵּ֣ן (yaš·kên)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

my honor
וּכְבוֹדִ֓י ׀ (ū·ḵə·ḇō·w·ḏî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

in the dust.
לֶעָפָ֖ר (le·‘ā·p̄ār)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(5) Let the enemy.--Better, let an enemy.

Persecute.--Literally, burn. (See Note on Psalm 10:2.)

Tread.--Used of a potter treading the clay (Isaiah 41:25); of the trampling of horses (Ezekiel 26:11); of a herd trampling down their pasture (Ezekiel 34:28).

Dust.--Either as Psalm 22:15, "the dust of death," and if so, then khabod'.

Honour must be the soul or life, as plainly in Psalm 16:9; Psalm 57:8, where the Authorised Version has "glory." The parallelism is in favour of this. On the other hand, to lay one's honour in the dust is a common figurative phrase. Shakespeare, K. Hen. VI., i. 5, "Now, France, thy glory droopeth to the dust"; and Coriol. iii. 1, "And throw their power in the dust."

Selah.--See Note on Psalm 3:2. This is one of the places which suggest its interpretation as a direction to the music, to strike up with passion and force.

Verse 5. - Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it. "If I have been guilty of any of these acts, then let my enemy not only persecute my soul, as he is doing (vers. 1, 2), but take it - make it his prey - obtain full power over it." Yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth; i.e. "utterly destroy me and bring me to ruin." And not only so, but also lay mine honour in the dust; i.e. "bring me down to the grave with shame." Compare the imprecations of Job upon himself (Job 31:8, 10, 22, 40). 7:1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His works were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes, submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but, being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, For the righteous God trieth the hearts and the reins. He knows the secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an end; he is witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways of establishing it. When a man has made peace with God about all his sins, upon the terms of grace and mercy, through the sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his enemies, appeal to God's justice to decide.
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