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.

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

New King James Version
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

New American Standard Bible
You indeed put them on slippery ground; You dropped them into ruin.

NASB 1995
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

NASB 1977
Surely Thou dost set them in slippery places; Thou dost cast them down to destruction.

Amplified Bible
Surely You set the wicked-minded and immoral on slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Surely You set them in slippery places, "" You have caused them to fall to desolations.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
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 the hazard they created.

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 as 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:









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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


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