Psalm 73:18
New International Version
Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.

New Living Translation
Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.

English Standard Version
Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.

Berean Study Bible
Surely You set them on slick ground; You cast them down into ruin.

New American Standard Bible
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

King James Bible
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, you put them in slippery places; you make them fall into ruin.

Contemporary English Version
You will make them stumble, never to get up again.

Good News Translation
You will put them in slippery places and make them fall to destruction!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.

International Standard Version
You have certainly set them in slippery places; you will make them fall to their ruin.

NET Bible
Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin.

New Heart English Bible
Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will appoint for them according to their foolishness and you will cast them down when they are exalted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You put them in slippery places and make them fall into ruin.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely Thou settest them in slippery places; Thou hurlest them down to utter ruin.

New American Standard 1977
Surely Thou dost set them in slippery places; Thou dost cast them down to destruction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; in desolation thou shalt cause them to fall.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.

American King James Version
Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.

American Standard Version
Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Surely thou hast appointed judgments to them because of their crafty dealings: thou hast cast them down when they were lifted up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down.

Darby Bible Translation
Truly thou settest them in slippery places, thou castest them down in ruins.

English Revised Version
Surely thou settest them in slippery places: thou castest them down to destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou didst cast them down into destruction.

World English Bible
Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
Only, in slippery places Thou dost set them, Thou hast caused them to fall to desolations.
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
17until I entered God’s sanctuary; then I discerned their end. 18Surely You set them on slick ground; You cast them down into ruin. 19How suddenly they are laid waste, completely swept away by terrors!…
Cross References
Psalm 35:6
May their path be dark and slick, as the angel of the LORD pursues.

Psalm 35:8
May ruin befall them by surprise; may the net they hid ensnare them; may they fall into their own destruction.

Psalm 36:12
There the evildoers lie fallen, thrown down and unable to rise.

Psalm 55:23
But You, O God, will bring them down to the Pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.

Ezekiel 35:11
therefore, as surely I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will treat you according to the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred against them, and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.

Treasury of Scripture

Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.

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Psalm 35:6
Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

Deuteronomy 32:35
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

Jeremiah 23:12
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

thou castedst

Psalm 37:20,24,35-38
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away…

Psalm 55:23
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

Psalm 92:7
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:







Lexicon
Surely
אַ֣ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

You set them
תָּשִׁ֣ית (tā·šîṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7896: To put, set

on slick ground;
בַּ֭חֲלָקוֹת (ba·ḥă·lā·qō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2513: Smoothness, flattery, an allotment

You cast them down
הִ֝פַּלְתָּ֗ם (hip·pal·tām)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into ruin.
לְמַשּׁוּאֽוֹת׃ (lə·maš·šū·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4876: Perhaps deceptions
Verse 18. - Surely thou didst set them up in slippery places. The wicked have at no time any sure hold on their prosperity. They are a "set in slippery places" - places from which they may easily slip and fall. Thou castedst them down to destruction. The fall often comes, even in this life. The flourishing cities of the plain are destroyed by fire from heaven; Pharaoh's land is ruined by the plagues, and his host destroyed in the Red Sea; Sennacherib's army perishes in a night; Jezebel is devoured by dogs; Athaliah is slain with the sword; Antiochus Epiphanes perishes in a distant expedition; Herod Agrippa is eaton of worms; persecutors, like Nero, Galerius, Julian, come to untimely ends. A signal retribution visits the wicked in hundreds and thousands of instances. When it does not, the question remains - Is death the end? This point is not formally brought forward, but it underlies the whole argument; and, unless retribution after death be regarded as certain, a single exception to the general rule of retribution in this life would upset the solution which the psalmist finds satisfactory. 73:15-20 The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows how faith and grace prevailed. He kept up respect for God's people, and with that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. It is a sign that we repent of the evil thoughts of the heart, if we suppress them. Nothing gives more offence to God's children, than to say it is vain to serve God; for there is nothing more contrary to their universal experience. He prayed to God to make this matter plain to him; and he understood the wretched end of wicked people; even in the height of their prosperity they were but ripening for ruin. The sanctuary must be the resort of a tempted soul. The righteous man's afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man's enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable. The prosperity of the wicked is short and uncertain, slippery places. See what their prosperity is; it is but a vain show, it is only a corrupt imagination, not substance, but a mere shadow; it is as a dream, which may please us a little while we are slumbering, yet even then it disturbs our repose.
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